Eric Reid, First Player To Kneel Alongside Colin Kaepernick, Remains Unsigned By NFL Team
Another NFL player is seemingly being blackballed for exercising his right to protest.
March 26, 2018 at 5:05 pm
Former San Francisco 49er Eric Reid has yet to be signed by a team. He was the first player to kneel with Colin Kaepernick who has notably remained a free agent since his national anthem protests.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said he believes Reid isn't getting offers from teams due in part to his activism.
"...It would be hard to say that he's not getting any calls just on talent alone,"Jenkins said. "I think any team that is considering him is going to weigh his political views and the strong stance that he's taken the last couple years, and that's unfortunate, but it's just kind of what it is. So hopefully, teams will look past that and evaluate him as a player, and I think as a player he deserves a spot in this league. But I'd be kidding myself if I said that his stance isn't playing a role in him not having a call yet."
Jenkins's viewpoint is certainly not an isolated one. Many people have boycotted the NFL for its unwillingness to sign Kaepernick following his activism and support for racial justice by kneeling during the national anthem. Now, as Reid remains a free agent, many have called out the NFL for seemingly punishing the former 49er for his activism.
Richard Sherman, who recently signed with the 49ers, reportedly said "legal action" could be taken if Reid remains unsigned.
"We are concerned, because he played at a high level, made enough plays to be signed and to make his money," Sherman said in a press conference according to CBS Sports. "There is concern there, because you'd think a player of his caliber would be picked up now."
Richard Sherman is right.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 26, 2018
It makes NO SENSE that Eric Reid has not been signed by a team.
He is being punished for taking a knee, clearly.
Sherman said it's getting to the point where legal action may be necessary.
CC @NFLPA https://t.co/tSx7sDGazU
Notice how examples are being made of nearly every single football player who had the audacity to use their freedoms to speak out peacefully about police brutality: Kaepernick (not signed), Eric Reid (not signed) and now this highly suspect indictment of Michael Bennett...— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 23, 2018
Earlier this month, as the Los Angeles Times reported, Reid commented on his free agent status and NFL owners on Twitter.
"The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I’ve protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous," he wrote. "If you think is, then your mindset is part of the problem too."
GMs aren’t the hold up broski. It’s ownership. People who know football know who can play. People who know me, know my character. https://t.co/M9ULziZg5V— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) March 16, 2018