Eric Reid to continue kneeling for national anthem

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49ers safety Eric Reid called Tuesday’s meeting with NFL owners productive, but it hasn’t changed his stance on the national anthem.

“It doesn’t change our plans [to kneel] just yet,” Reid said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s a great starting point. Nothing is set in stone yet. So nothing is going to change on my part moving forward. Until we get a more concrete plan to where I feel like I don’t need to protest anymore because the NFL is providing a better platform.”

The initial meeting was short on specifics, but the sides will hold a second meeting within the next two weeks.

“The NFL has agreed to commit to a long-term plan and use their platform to continue to raise awareness around the issues that affect our country,” Reid said, “and to help us feel like we don’t need to protest, so we feel like we’re [going in] the right direction.”

Reid met with Colin Kaepernick in New York on Monday night. Although Kaepernick, who has filed a grievance against NFL owners, wasn’t invited to the meeting, Reid said the former quarterback’s ideas were discussed.

“Colin is instrumental because he started the protest,” Reid said. “I think he has a special place in this. And so, hopefully, he does have a chance to go to the meetings in the future.”

President Donald Trump continued to tweet about the NFL and the national anthem issue Wednesday. His latest tweet reads: “Too much talk, not enough action. Stand for the National Anthem.”

“It’s starting to get to the point where I think the President might just be deflecting from his own issues,” Reid said. “Taking eyeballs off his own presidency. . . . I think that’s the most interesting thing that’s happened so far. I did not expect the President to talk this much about what we were doing.”

39 responses to “Eric Reid to continue kneeling for national anthem

  1. He does realize the networks are no longer showing the anthem and 49ers stadium is only 60%full? This is about as over done as the ice bucket challenge crap

  2. This doesn’t have anything to do with the flag or the military. It doesn’t have anything to do with the NFL and the players getting together to talk about social injustices. It has nothing to do with helping communities. It has everything to do with black folks being shot and killed by white police officers for no good reason. Black folks have always known about this, but white folks never witnessed it. Then came the videos. Video after video. Nobody in the white world seemed to care. That’s when Kaepernick’s jaw hit the ground. Are you kidding me? Nobody cares? Colin Kaepernick wanted to give the officers the benefit of the doubt and say it was because of poor police training. That’s it. That’s what this is all about. Kaepernick wanted to get better training for police. I guess it’s too painful for people to admit or talk about. We don’t want to discuss the police officer’s real motivation. That’s a no-no. So we hide behind the flag. We hide like chickens behind our brave soldiers. Be proud. Wave the flag. Act tough. Eric Reid is tough. He’s not a quitter. He’s a real American hero, just like Kaepernick. Risking everything to help others.

  3. Don’t worry, Faithful. This fool will be gone after this year (contract year), and we won’t have to put up with his garbage anymore. He’s hurt more than he plays anyways.

  4. Maybe people would find players more sincere if they donated their time and money, and they understood why what Kaep said was intellectually dishonest. Fidel Castro was a tyrant, people don’t build rafts to flee oppression in America, and Marxism is a failed ideology. Let’s start from the beginning and I will keep an open mind. Just stop the BS.

  5. Reid has vowed to continue his protest until someone suggests that he should run for political office. Of course it’s not something he was seeking, but he wouldn’t refuse if asked…..

  6. If he can work out a cease fire in South Chicago, I will kneel next to him….I think we would all kneel to save those lives if we could. Also, maybe a cease on looting small businesses during national catastrophes.

  7. Personally I would stand for the anthem if I am going to the game, but I would not look down upon any player or fan who doesn’t stand for the anthem for whatever reason.

  8. tqaztec says:

    What are we kneeling for again?
    ======================================

    Nobody knows or cares.

  9. Yawn.

    America waits for just one of these kneelers to actually do something meaningful for their “cause” on their OWN TIME!

    Kneeling is easy-peasy. Get paid handsomely, show up for work on Sunday, disrespect your country and flag during anthem, and then do nothing else…ever. Fake protests.

  10. Once the NFL players at the UK games knelt for the US anthem and then stood for he UK anthem it was over for just being a social injustice protest. The players had more respect for a foreign countries flag then their own. Since the kneeling protests have been played out, what is next? Staging a DIE-IN on the 50 yard line or how about they lock arms and block one of the main roads out of the stadium?

  11. “It’s starting to get to the point where I think the President might just be deflecting from his own issues,”

    And very effectively too. And yall are falling for it. And no one is helping Trump deflect attention more than the players.

  12. tqaztec says:
    October 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm
    What are we kneeling for again? Such a clear message

    ——————
    Because someone asked (not ordered) them not to. And we cant have that huh? Showing respect for anything is a sign of weakness.

  13. “It’s starting to get to the point where I think the President might just be deflecting from his own issues,” Reid said. “Taking eyeballs off his own presidency. . . . I think that’s the most interesting thing that’s happened so far.”

    With that one statement, Eric Reid showed he’s more qualified to be President than the Sociopath who sits (and I have no doubt – sits when the National Anthem is played on TV) in the Oval Office

    Nearly every veteran I know acknowledges they fought (and many died) for the Rights symbolized by the Flag – the very rights NFL players are exercising to draw attention to the fact that Injustice for Some, ultimately is Injustice for All.

    Take away those rights, as Trump and many in the GOP would love to do – and the flag becomes worthless – a piece of cloth representing an America where people no longer have the 1st Amendment Rights soldiers have died to protect.

    That is the ultimate insult to those who died to preserve the rights Trump wants to restrict.

    Nearly everyone “gets” this – except President Sociopath.

  14. Good for him. Its his right. I’m impressed he works for an employer that lets him do it. Most business owners wouldn’t. I know mine wouldn’t. Its good to know some employers recognize people need to show us there might be something that we all need to sit down and talk about. we need to take off the blinders and at least listen. That’s all he wants. And that’s what makes this country great!

  15. If the league hates protesting so much why does he still have a job? He should have got cut and blackballed out of the league right?

  16. Can someone explain what good kneeling does? If a person was a racist, why would that person care if some NFL player kneels or not? Do they think the racist will then undergo a sudden transformation? Reid is a nobody – he could lie down and go to sleep, I could care less. That won’t affect my respect for the US or the flag in any way.

  17. Yawn.

    America waits for just one of these kneelers to actually do something meaningful for their “cause” on their OWN TIME

    __________

    Typical ignorance. Kap has donated 800,000 to empower oppressed communities, but you just want to whine and be offended.

  18. These guys think they have some noble cause, but they are just a bunch of rich, enabled babies. The fans are leaving in droves because they know these black millionaires are full of it. I hope the NFL loses millions over these inane protests and that the fans (like myself) who have left will never come back.

  19. ****pick the proper time and place to protest, do NOT slap the families of all the fallen soldiers in the face over some BS a spoiled most likely felon playing a damn game for millions of dollars may perceive as a “wrong” done to his “people” !!

  20. “Take away those rights, as Trump and many in the GOP would love to do – and the flag becomes worthless – a piece of cloth representing an America where people no longer have the 1st Amendment Rights soldiers have died to protect.”

    Do you think your airline captain has the right to tell you what his political thoughts are as you’re flying across the country?

    Do you think your boss is OK with you laying down some political wisdom on your customers before a meeting?

    If you are a boss, are you OK with your employees telling your customers which way the social justicel winds blow?

    Of course not. Why? Because the first amendment doesn’t protect the right to speak at work, it prevents the GOVERNMENT from making laws abridging free speech.

    Man, the lack of civics education in this country is appalling.

  21. Make em stand or bench/ cut them. I’m not against there message just the way they are doing so. How many jobs in the USA can you say or do what you want without consequences? NOT MANY. Viewership is down and people are saying they aren’t watching because of it. Not to mention 80% of these players go broke after they play so how intelligent are they? How informed are they? Meet with lawmakers not NFL owners

  22. charliecharger says:
    October 18, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Risking everything to help others.
    —————————-

    These bozos are risking absolutely nothing. Kneeling during the singing of the national anthem isn’t protesting. It isn’t accomplishing anything. The NFL doesn’t care about anything but the money they are losing.

    These guys need to put their money and/or time where their knee is.

  23. Hmmmm.

    One Pro Bowl, as a replacement. The team is likely to let him walk as there are no plans to extend his contract.

    Finds way to buy another fifteen minutes of fame.

  24. You want to protest something ? How about taking a knee to protest African Americans Males comprising 6% of the population while committing nearly 50% of homicides.

  25. kneeling has brought attention to the issue but more attention has been given to whether it is right to kneel or not.

    #metoo has gotten a much more positive response and action and that is through social networking rather than kneeling during the anthem

  26. broncoschick says:
    October 18, 2017 at 8:55 pm
    charliecharger I so wish I could ‘thumbs up’ your comment more than once. Thank you!!
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    You are a disgrace to Broncos Country.

  27. For those who say players should give their money for programs and such, how do you know they don’t do that already…many of these player have non profits and foundation we just don’t hear about them.

    When do you want players to protest. When BLM was in the streets marching you people complained that they wasn’t doing it right and it didn’t grab your attention..so when is good time to protest. Obviously the way some are doing it now, its getting your attention. Again protest is suppose to make the comfortable….uncomfortable. Now your the latter.

  28. For all the showcasing and bravado by the kneelers…please explain to me why the NFL teams in London stood for the playing of their anthem and not our own? I’ll wait…

  29. The NFL’s purpose is to provide entertainment, not to be a political platform…this guy’s totally lost the plot.

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