Eric Reid sends his support to Michael Bennett: It’s just unacceptable

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49ers safety Eric Reid has continued to kneel during the national anthem this season and can point to Michael Bennett’s alleged mistreatment from Las Vegas police as another example why. Reid spoke out in support of the Seahawks defensive end on Wednesday.

It’s not right,” Reid said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’m praying for his family. I can’t imagine how traumatic it must be to have a gun pointed to your head for no reason at all. It’s just unacceptable.”

Reid joined former teammate Colin Kaepernick in not standing for the national anthem last season. Kaepernick, outspoken against police brutality, became the face of the anthem protest and remains a free agent. Bennett is not standing this season.

Kaepernick sent a supportive message to Bennett on Twitter, saying, “This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust.”

Reid said he also plans to let Bennett know he has Bennett’s back.

“I’ve seen people say why do [professional athletes] speak up because how are y’all oppressed?” Reid said. “At the end of the day, you’re just another person in society. It doesn’t matter how much fame you have. It doesn’t matter how much money you have. The system treats black and brown people this way.”

28 responses to “Eric Reid sends his support to Michael Bennett: It’s just unacceptable

  1. Black guys are more likely to be viewed with suspicion and assumed to be guilty. Not many fair-minded people would disagree with that.
    On the other hand, plenty of innocent white people have been threatened by police too – sometimes with good reason, sometimes not.
    I tend to cut cops some slack. They’re getting shot at frequently, and live in fear for the lives just as much as any citizen of any color in tough neighborhoods or other dangerous situations.

  2. Is it possible that Michael Bennett is lying about the whole ordeal? I’d have to side with the PD on this especially with Bennett’s HATRED toward the police.

  3. He is lucky the police who put a knee on his back did not injure him. Neymar the Brazilian soccer star suffered a back injury and missed the World Cup final when an opponent put a knee to his back.

  4. Don’t speak up just except it! It’s been like this a 100 years for certain folks.. Nothing has changed and that’s why conscious people won’t let it rest until change has happened

  5. My father in law was driving one day and got pulled over for speeding. He kept his hands on the steering wheel as the officer approached the car. As the officer addressed him he kept his hands on the wheel and informed the officer that he had a permit to carry and a handgun in the vehicle. At that point the officer immediately stepped back, drew his handgun, pressed it to my fathers ear and yelled “Where is it”. He replied calmly that it’s in his middle console. He did nothing wrong, was carrying legally, informed the officer even though it’s not required and he still had a handgun pointed to his head. Oh, and he’s white.

  6. When is it okay for the Police Department to point a gun at you in line of duty?

    …when there is a report of shots fired and they arrive on the scene to find a guy running away who disregards orders to halt.

    If I were in his shoes I would not like being cuffed/detained/having a gun drawn on me but given the circumstances I would understand. Now I absolutely whole-heartedly agree there is issues between darker skinned people and some officers of the law but on the surface this not appear to be one of those cases. Since Bennett was running off and did not halt for the officers he only has himself to blame.

  7. @Shinnbone Is it possible he is lying? – sure…except for the video.
    @castropigsocks Why doesn’t he concentrate on the disappropriate (sic) amount of black crimes? He does; he works a lot with black youth to prevent them from going into crime.

  8. remembertheagenda says:
    September 6, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    …When is it okay for the Police Department to point a gun at you in line of duty?
    ……………………………………………………….

    When officers enter the scene of an active shooter in a casino call, see a guy hiding behind a slot machine take off running, refuse commands to stop, and jumps over a wall to run away. That’s when it’s standard operational procedure to draw your sidearm.

  9. I love this quote from Reid……

    “I’ve seen people say why do [professional athletes] speak up because how are y’all oppressed?” Reid said. “At the end of the day, you’re just another person in society. It doesn’t matter how much fame you have. It doesn’t matter how much money you have. The system treats black and brown people this way.”

    Funny you should say that Mr Reid. Because so many of you athletes expect special treatment.. I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve heard an athlete break out the “don’t you know who I am???”

    Sure your another person in society… uh huh….

  10. Eric needs to Stand or look for another team… if this continues I’ll stop going to games and watching. Maybe become a Cowboys Fan!

  11. The “change” these guys want is abstract….they’ll never be satisfied or appeased. Seems like guys like Bennett and Reid are of the opinion that cops should never, ever approach them as in their minds their actions are always justified (“What? Me run from the cops? Never!”).

  12. remembertheagenda says:
    September 6, 2017 at 8:29 pm
    …… When is it okay for the Police Department to point a gun at you in line of duty?
    ________________________________________
    Im guessing it’s ok for the PD to point their gun at you when
    1) they are responding to a reported active shooter incident at a major sporting event
    2) where you act suspiciusly
    3) run away
    4) and you (the suspect – because you acted suspiciously) are susquently found.

    What are they supposed to take to an active shooter incident….feather dusters ? Exactly how would you secure a suspect who is 6 foot 4 inches tall who weighs 274 pounds. Again suspicious activity makes you a suspect… if you are black you are a black suspect, if you are white you are a white suspect if you are …..

  13. “To the posters here that are anti Bennett… When is it okay for the Police Department to point a gun at you in line of duty?”

    Answer: When you’re running from the police while they’re pursuing an active shooter.

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