Here’s a “that-didn’t-take-long” and an “eff-u Trump.” We’re talking about what happened today (10-07-18) on the footbal field when Eric Reid, the newly aquired safety for the Carolina Panthers stepped on the field today.
Yes, now that he’s back in the NFL, Eric Reid has resumed his Reid has resumed his kneeling protest during the national anthem. Interestingly, none of the other players took that route. What’s also interesting is that he is the first Panthers player ever to kneel during the national anthem.
If some were expecting Reid, who was the first player to join Colin Kaepernick ‘s kneeling protest, to abandon the stance because he had not said what he would do when the anthem played, got their answer: Reid dropped to his right knee as the national anthem began playing before the Panthers’ game against the New York Giants.
Reid has a collusion case against the NFL, claiming he was essentially blackballed because of his activism. That lawsuit is still pending, but the Panthers, shorthanded in the defensive backfield, added Reid to the roster this week. He had been out of football since leaving the 49ers as a free agent.
The Panthers reportedly did not ask Reid about any potential protest before signing him and have not set any rules. The league has no national anthem conduct requirements, having abandoned a plan to force players to stand respectfully or stay in the locker room.
Going to the Panthers looks to have been a good move for Reid. The team not only brought him back to the NFL, but Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, who is not a fan of the orange a-hole in the White House, has said that players who protest during the anthem are not unpatriotic.
“These are great young men,” Tepper said on CNBC. “So to say that [they aren’t patriotic] makes me so aggravated and angry. It’s just wrong, it’s dead wrong.”
As we’ve reported, Reid, Kaepernick and other players have claimed to be protesting police brutality and issues of racial inequality.
Even with Reid protesting today, overall, protests by players have fallen since the 2018 season started. Three Miami Dolphins have protested and there have been scattered incidents, but nothing like the mass player protests of last season.