Eric Reid: Vice President’s visit was a P.R. Stunt

AP

Vice President Mike Pence briefly stopped by the Colts game on Sunday, but left when 23 members of the 49ers took a knee during the national anthem.

Pence said, via Twitter, that he left because he will not “dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.” Many pointed out in the wake of that announcement that Pence probably shouldn’t have bothered going to the game in the first place since the 49ers have regularly had many players taking a knee during the anthem and some suggested that the whole thing was planned — Peter Alexander of NBC News reports that reporters were told to remain in the van because there could be an “early departure” — given the likelihood that 49ers players would take a knee.

49ers safety Eric Reid, who began kneeling alongside Colin Kaepernick more than a year ago, subscribes to that theory.

My honest reaction … Does anybody know the last time he’s been to a football game?” Reid said, via a video from Jennifer Lee Chan of Niners Nation. “With that being said, he tweeted out a three-year old photo of him at a Colts game so with the information I have the last time he was at a Colts game was three years ago. So this looks like a PR stunt to me. He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew that we were probably going to do it again. This is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple of things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts. Based on the information I have, that’s the assumption I’ve made.”

The Vice President, who flew from Las Vegas to Indianapolis before the game, is reportedly headed to California on Sunday.

123 responses to “Eric Reid: Vice President’s visit was a P.R. Stunt

  1. “So this looks like a PR stunt to me.”

    You’re 0-5, Reid. Keep kneeling. You’re as irrelevant as your team.

  2. LoL so funny how he calls it a PR stunt when the majority of Americans see half these guys kneeling is a PR stunt

  3. PR stunt? LMAO – next Reid will be complaining about him interjecting politics into football. The level of self awareness of some of these guys is amazing…

  4. LAUGHINGLY JUVENILE AND EQUALLY TRANSPARENT!
    Reid is right. It was quite obvious to anybody. The only question is, who’s bright idea it was for this shameful theatrical display and what the meeting was like in deciding how they envisioned it unfolding.

    It sounds very Trumpian to me. I can’t believe Pence decided it and I can’t believe the planners knew it would be so easily EXPOSED.

  5. The players have continued to use the wrong method, at an inappropriate time and the wrong location for their ongoing publicity stunt.

    And now they act like spoiled brats as their publicity stunt just got “Trumped”….😎

  6. The quarter-million dollars Pence wasted on this lame skit would have been better spent on wounded veterans, don’t ya think?

  7. Niners are 0-5. Eric Reid and the rest of his teammates should focus on football and save the activism and virtue-signaling for the offseason.

  8. That’s what oppression looks like? Has Reid lost his freaking mind? It’s ok for him to protest and disrespect the anthem but any counter response is oppression? This is why Trump will win again.

  9. Well..isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?
    The left accusing someone else of political stunts LOL…now I have heard it all. It is like these people have zero self awareness.

  10. orangecrush67 says:
    October 8, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    and the player’s taking a knee is a PR stunt
    —————————————–

    at least it doesnt cost 400k tax dollars to take a knee.

  11. He was in town to celebrate Peyton manning day since he was the governor. Otherwise who in the hell would go to a colts 49ers game?

  12. I haven’t seen one photo of him or teeet about the hurricane that just hit Mississippi smh

    A tree just fell in the Amazon rainforest, Pence wasn’t there for that, either…

  13. Trump wasn’t kidding when he said we’d get tired of winning. He’s killing the left all while making football great again! Thanks for taking a stand Mr. President!

  14. The national anthem has nothing to do with respect or disrespect for soldiers. It’s the national anthem, not the soldiers’ anthem. Each branch of service has their own piece of music. The national anthem belongs to all Americans. That Mike Pence and a very vocal minority of PFT Planet don’t seem to understand this is quite frankly frightening. As for respect for our soldiers, I think we all know which administrations play with our men and women in uniform like they’re inanimate chess pieces and which ones actually prefer to keep our troops alive.

  15. The fewer dumb-butts in the stadium, the better it makes the experience for smart people. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Pence and the rest of them all go home and stay there.

  16. Absolutely Eric Reid is an idiot. Did Reid know in advance if all the players would kneel or stand with locked arms? I’m thinking we know the answer.

    The FOX network refused to broadcast the National Anthem at today’s Dallas – Green Bay game.

    RIP ~ NFL

  17. All you guys calling kneeling a PR stunt, don’t know what “PR” stands for. How is doing something that makes half your fans hate you a “Public Relations” stunt? Showing up to an event just to leave is a PR stunt. Kneeling is exactly the opposite. It’s a PR nightmare.

  18. When Obama is president he deserves the respect of the Office. Apparently that doesn’t apply now. Hypocrites.

  19. We were all sitting on the edge of our seats to hear the opinion of a 25 year old.

    ——

    Yet I bet you love listening to Tomi Lahren

  20. The crappy thing here, folks, is that Pence and his crew probably used up about $60,000 tax dollars (or more) to come out there and do this.

  21. If Rick Pence weren’t the VP, he’d be selling life insurance to the same Indiana rubes that voted for him.

  22. “at least it doesnt cost 400k tax dollars to take a knee.”
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    It will – just wait…

  23. Of course it was A PR stunt like he didn’t know they were going to kneel. Any of you people who complain about him/them exercising his/their constitutional right are either Giant idiotic hypocrites or literally have no clue of the principales that our nation was founded on.The amount of hatred for these players for kneeling during a (propoganda) song is hilarious to me and if I hear 1 more “patriot” tell me how they fought in some COORPORATE war ( you know EVERY WAR since WWII)to protect americans freedom I think I will puke… did you donate your paychecks to the flag fund? No foreign people want to end “our freedom” ( you know the kind of freedom that incarcerates 25% of the worlds population of prisoners yet houses only 5% of the worlds population) what they want is for our politicaians and coorporations to stay the hell out of their land/business…

  24. So Pence was not willing to stand there and honor something on the basis that he doesnt believe in it? Gee, where have I heard that one before?

    I hate to say it but the protest just got protested and using the same method too. So either its all good or all bad, one or the other.

  25. Apparently, Eric Reid didn’t get the memo that Colin Kaepernick has abandoned all his fellow protesters and personal principles and will now stand for work.

  26. So it’s okay for a bunch of black millionaire players to perform stunts every week, but the VP of the US can’t respond? Give me a break! God Bless Mike Pence for taking the RIGHT stand.

  27. pooflingingmonkey says:
    October 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    If Rick Pence weren’t the VP, he’d be selling life insurance to the same Indiana rubes that voted for him.

    —————-
    Rubes huh? And yet you still dont understand why they didnt vote the way you wanted them to.

  28. I don’t know, I think a lot of tax dollars have funded the stadiums these divas play in..

    red says:
    October 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm
    orangecrush67 says:
    October 8, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    and the player’s taking a knee is a PR stunt
    —————————————–

    at least it doesnt cost 400k tax dollars to take a knee

  29. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    October 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm
    The fewer dumb-butts in the stadium, the better it makes the experience for smart people. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Pence and the rest of them all go home and stay there.
    ——————————
    The left has lost over 900 state and federal seats since 2008. Nominated the worst presidential candidate in history just because it was “her turn”. And will probably lose 8 more senate seats next year. I guess the “smart people” have it all figured out Lol.

  30. TheDPR says:

    The national anthem has nothing to do with respect or disrespect for soldiers.
    ====================================================================

    Yes it does. Just like our constitution, you leftists try to twist it into what you would like to think it means. Not what it actually is.

  31. Yeah, Reid, like your kneeling during the anthem isn’t a publicity stunt?

    It’s not? Okay you made a statement and Pence made one too. Grow up.

  32. The kneeling is a PR stunt. The Vice President attending the game knowing all along he was going to leave was also a PR stunt. There’s a lot of idiots out there, folks. Some play professional sports, others run our country. Sad!

  33. Liberalsruineverything says:
    October 8, 2017 at 6:14 pm
    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    October 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm
    The fewer dumb-butts in the stadium, the better it makes the experience for smart people. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Pence and the rest of them all go home and stay there.
    ——————————
    The left has lost over 900 state and federal seats since 2008. Nominated the worst presidential candidate in history just because it was “her turn”. And will probably lose 8 more senate seats next year. I guess the “smart people” have it all figured out Lol.
    __________

    If you don’t want to watch football, then don’t watch it. Stay home, please. It’s not that difficult.

  34. It’s crazy to me that none of these players have been shot at or killed by police the last few years… I mean they’re so targeted and oppressed, it’s really a miracle they’re all still with us with how cruel these white cops can be

  35. President, Commander and Chief of the Armed Forces….Vice President second in charge of the United States Armed Forces,and has a son serving. I would hope they would stick up for the Flag and the Anthem that the people under them give their life for.

  36. Liberalsruineverything says:

    The left has lost over 900 state and federal seats since 2008.
    ====================================================

    They’ve actually lost over 1000 seats. And 15 governorships. And the house, senate and oval office. They’ve losy everything. Yet they still think politics of identity and division by race, gender and class led by the same old lady from San Francisco is the way to go.

  37. This is what systematic oppression looks like? A guy leaving a football game that he already paid for? Wow, now I get what all of the black people are crying about, must be really tough to deal with…

  38. How can Mike Pence dignify anything with his presence? Seriously? Who is Mike Pence? The whole Trump administration is a fluke. Without the Russians, they’re not even in office. They’re the biggest embarrassment this nation’s ever known. Please stay away from the NFL battlefields, just like Trump was a draft dodger and chickened out from the real battlefield.

  39. Sorry, players – you may be winning the battle here and there, but you are losing the war.

    The first step to getting out of a hole is to STOP DIGGING.

  40. I applaud Vice President Pence. The NFL is giving the finger to a large part of their fan base. I want to watch football, not leftist politics. I do not want to see any politics in sporting events. At some point, the NFL will need to decide if the loss of revenue and goodwill is worth mixing politics and football.

  41. orangecrush67 says:
    October 8, 2017 at 6:11 pm
    I don’t know, I think a lot of tax dollars have funded the stadiums these divas play in..

    red says:
    October 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm
    orangecrush67 says:
    October 8, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    and the player’s taking a knee is a PR stunt
    —————————————–

    at least it doesnt cost 400k tax dollars to take a knee

    ———-
    1) Where do you get that 400k figure? I read elsewhere it was 60k. My guess is neither of those numbers is correct.

    2) Even if there was no such thing as the protest he would still have been at that game because he was asked there for the Manning ceremony. So really nothing was spent on it that wouldnt have been already..

    3) Given what the protest has cost the NFL so far, plus what it cost one of their top media partners, I dont think you want to take the approach of comparing price tags.

    4) its ironic to see any kneeler start saying refusal to honor something is a publicity stunt. Or really even to complain about the method at all.

  42. Again, this has NOTHING to do with the military, veterans or Trump.

    It’s meant to bring attention to unequal treatment of minorities by law enforcement. Full disclosure, I’m a white male who’s physically disabled — you’d be surprised at how differently I’M treated by law enforcement, as well. It’s like a little light comes on in their heads when they’re forced to deal with someone different than they are.

  43. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    October 8, 2017 at 6:32 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    October 8, 2017 at 6:14 pm
    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    October 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm
    The fewer dumb-butts in the stadium, the better it makes the experience for smart people. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Pence and the rest of them all go home and stay there.
    ——————————
    The left has lost over 900 state and federal seats since 2008. Nominated the worst presidential candidate in history just because it was “her turn”. And will probably lose 8 more senate seats next year. I guess the “smart people” have it all figured out Lol.
    __________

    If you don’t want to watch football, then don’t watch it. Stay home, please. It’s not that difficult.

    ————————
    Agreed. And so Pence made exactly that choice just like you say. And now the left is flipping out.

  44. The black players are destroying a business that pays a lot of them more than a million a year. All because of in-equality. LMAO

    You need to read the new polls out this weekend, the NFL is in big trouble, and too stupid to fix it.

    Why doesn’t this site post the new polls?

  45. stoptrippn says:
    October 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm
    Worst racist administration in history. Trump cannot unite the country if he wanted to
    ————
    The same could be said of obama. He was supposed to the savior for the black community. He simply made political correctness more widely accepted at the expense of truth. Not a good legacy to leave our country.

  46. Someone going to a football game and leaving is what “systemic oppression looks like”? Since Reid is a cartoon character I’ll respond with a quote from one, “What a maroon. What a ignoranimus”. He may have gone to college but he is still uneducated idiot.

  47. Any VP worth anything would’ve visited both lockers before the game. I bet if he asked them to stand with him on the field for the national anthem, they would have. There’s no men in leadership positions in office. Where have all the good men gone? VP is an embarrassment, as is the 12 yr old in charge.

  48. Perfect distraction from the fact that they’re trying to slip through an excessively pro-1% tax reform model. Let the masses argue about the anthem while they get fleeced. But, by all means, be a real patriot at yell at internet.

  49. Pretty hypocritical don’t you think? They can make a or statement by kneeling, but only dumb ass football players can make political statements? Guess freedom of speech is only for liberals. Fools,

  50. The Vice President, who flew from Las Vegas to Indianapolis before the game, is reportedly headed to California on Sunday.

    Great, the guy needs a geography lesson AND a civics lesson!

  51. pooflingingmonkey says:
    October 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    If Rick Pence weren’t the VP, he’d be selling life insurance to the same Indiana rubes that voted for him.
    __________________

    Well, it’s a good thing those rubes know the name of the VP then isn’t it?

  52. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    October 8, 2017 at 6:32 pm
    __________

    If you don’t want to watch football, then don’t watch it. Stay home, please. It’s not that difficult.

    __________

    I think this is precisely our point. We want to watch FOOTBALL, not a ridiculous left wing political statement based on lies and fabrications. I was always a huge Springsteen fan, but kicked him to the curb a long time ago for the same reason.

  53. Your team is 0-5 and just lost to the COLTS, and this is what you’re talking about? LOSER MENTALITY.

  54. Why are there any Trump/Pence supporters in this forum? Didn’t you all take a pledge to stop watching football this season??

  55. The point was made above. Trump and his cronies want you to be focused on something – anything – except the tax reform he’s pushing which will benefit none of you. Eliminate the tax on estates larger than $5 million? Gosh, I wonder who that will benefit.

  56. The taking a knee PR stunt vs the leave the game when you take a knee PR stunt. Looks like a photo finish to me.

  57. patriots123456 says:
    October 8, 2017 at 6:59 pm
    The black players are destroying a business that pays a lot of them more than a million a year. All because of in-equality. LMAO

    You need to read the new polls out this weekend, the NFL is in big trouble, and too stupid to fix it.

    Why doesn’t this site post the new polls?
    —————————
    Do you mean the polls that show the key demographic of the NFL which is males 34-54. The ones who watch a whole game and spend the most cash? Since August the NFLs favorable rate went from 73% to 42%. Ticket sales, ratings and merchandise are way down. None of that will ever be reported on PFT.

  58. Pence is a sanctimonious liar. Holier than though, but knew all about Mike Flynn’s dealings and pretended to be surprised by it. Eric Reid is right, it is a publicity stunt.

  59. Always nice to see the VP make a special trip from a place of crisis to make a PR appearance. That’s real leadership, lol. Something must be going wrong with some more of the stealing they’re doing from the public. Quick, look over there.

  60. Pence went to Colts games in September (Sept 11) and December (Dec 5) of last year. So not 3 years ago. Seriously, this stuff is easy to find.

  61. It was a PR stunt. Trump knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s completely manipulated the message of why athletes are sitting to begin with. He’s changed it to players are doing it to disrespect the troops and unfortunately it’s working. People are now getting on Trumps side because they are naive and becoming brainwashed to his antics. It’s really, really sad.

  62. It’s not necessarily surprising that the majority (meaning more than half) of NFL fans come off as Nationalist, psuedo-Patriotic, far-right knuckle-draggers that may believe “critical thinking” means there’s a part of your brain is broken…

    …but it is surprising that so many seem to congregate here, where Mike Florio, the exact opposite of that type of person, holds the reins. I may not always agree with him, and I definitely don’t agree with the full scope of the protests from players (meaning that I believe they need to individually announce WHY they’re protesting and WHAT they hope to gain from it and HOW they plan to go about it beyond kneeling/not participating), but holy crap, some of you people need to leave the room and calm down. I know it’s derailing some attention from a sport you enjoy, but that’s literally all the negative consequence that’s coming from it all until you (and people like Trump and his VP pulling this PR stunt) try to make more out of it than there is.

    Demand explanation and try to understand, but stop the kneejerk, reactionary B.S. Or don’t. At least try to understand which is which and why the former leads to progress while the latter leads to all manners of negative B.S.

  63. Systemic oppression? He sounds like Dennis the peasant from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “Help, help, I’m being oppressed!”

  64. It’s clear that Reid must have gone to college somewhere he didn’t have to attend classes. If kneeling is making a point, then what’s wrong with other Americans making their point? Unless you too ignorant to understand that you confirm the mindless arrogant self righteous left continuing in their assinine hypocrisy.

  65. You are probably right in that it could have been a PR stunt by The President and it’s obvious that the SJWs still don’t understand that he is playing them like a yo-yo.

    As for me – players, don’t bite the hand that feeds you, and read the story about the killing of the golden goose that laid the golden eggs.

  66. “The national anthem has nothing to do with respect or disrespect for soldiers. It’s the national anthem, not the soldiers’ anthem. Each branch of service has their own piece of music. The national anthem belongs to all Americans. That Mike Pence and a very vocal minority of PFT Planet don’t seem to understand this is quite frankly frightening. As for respect for our soldiers, I think we all know which administrations play with our men and women in uniform like they’re inanimate chess pieces and which ones actually prefer to keep our troops alive.”
    This is so true. No one remembers Vietnam War protests I guess….Administrations sent hundreds of thousands overseas to die in a war they knew was futile. But we are supposed to blindly respect whatever this current administration says? This is peaceful and will probably die out… unless 45 continues the tweets.

  67. Bal204 says… “This is peaceful and will probably die out… unless 45 continues the tweets.”

    This is NOT peaceful! The owners have allowed their employees racial protest to enter my family room and I feel that is a complete violation of my entertainment time. Politics and NFL football DO MIX at all! Watching these idiots kneel literally makes me puke! I salute our Vice President for walking out on those pukes that kneeled!

    I love the fact that 45, Donald J Trump, tweets! It’s basically him giving the middle finger salute to the Fake News idiots. If he didn’t tweet his feels and ideas directly to We the People we wouldn’t have a clue what he actually said because the press would only print the part of what he said that they could make him look bad with. They NEVER report on the great accomplishments that he’s made.

  68. TheDPR says:

    October 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    The national anthem has nothing to do with respect or disrespect for soldiers.
    ___________________

    Just give it a rest….

  69. Silly Pence.
    Didn’t he realise that everybody was going to see straight through his little stunt.

    I think it has majorly backfired on him. 😃

  70. Yes I believe Pence knew the players would be kneeling. I think he decided I won’t let them keep me from going but will not stay there when it happens. I am glad he did it.

    There are many of us who if we could afford it would do the same. Yes it is the players right to do whatever they want during the anthem but what they have done is let the public see who they really are instead of just an athlete. And many of us don’t like what we see.

    Having a son who served in Afghanistan, the anthem took new meaning to me whenever it was played while he was there. I never could stand and not shed a tear while it played during that time. It does not effect me the same anymore but I know there are other parents still going through it today because they have a child serving or lost one while serving. So I will never accept someone not being respectful while it is played.

  71. Was it a P.R. stunt? Of course it was. All politicians do that, President Trump better than most, maybe better than anyone.

    Is Trump pandering to his base? Of course he is – all politicians do that.

    Is it working? Yes it is.

  72. ..and what Kapernick had been doing was not grandstanding? Of course it was; that’s obvious by now.

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