Eric Reid says he’s not planning to kneel during anthem

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Safety Eric Reid said in December that he understood that teams might not sign him as a free agent this offseason because he knelt during the playing of the national anthem the last two years, adding “that’s OK with me” if teams do pass because he did what he felt was right.

Whether it’s because he joined Colin Kaepernick in protests against racial inequality and police brutality in 2016 or the general slow activity for safeties on the open market, Reid’s had a quiet first week-plus of free agency. The 2013 49ers first-round pick mocked “the notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap” last week and reiterated on Thursday that he’s “OK no matter what happens” in free agency.

Reid, who was watching his brother Justin at Stanford’s Pro Day, also said that he’s not planning to continue taking a knee when and if he does sign with a team for the 2018 season.

“I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country to improve on,” Reid said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I don’t think it’ll be in the form of protesting during the anthem. And I said ‘during’ because it’s crazy to me that the narrative got changed to we were protesting the anthem, because that wasn’t the case. But I think we’re going to take a different approach to how to be active.”

Reid said his agent has spoken to a couple of teams, but no deals have been offered and no visits have been arranged at this point. 49ers General Manager John Lynch was also at Stanford Thursday and spoke to Reid before telling reporters that he expects “things starting to shake for” the safety in the near future. Lynch added he’s “monitoring [Reid’s situation] closely” while adding “never say never” about the prospect of a return to the team.

83 responses to “Eric Reid says he’s not planning to kneel during anthem

  1. They need to take the national anthem out of sports and keep the kick offs in-
    way too much extra garbage in this product, especially the music at halftime-

  2. Take a knee during the anthem, you’re perceived as protesting the USA and the anthem! Protest at city hall or a police dept, may be perceived as protesting police!

  3. “And I said ‘during’ because it’s crazy to me that the narrative got changed to we were protesting the anthem, because that wasn’t the case.”

    It’s impossible to separate the two. You were on you knee DURING the anthem…doesn’t matter what your narrative was. Many veterans, many loved ones of veterans took offense to that specific action.

    Fact is, you all choose the anthem vs the parking lot before the game or a locker room interview after the game because you knew the amount of eyeballs would be greatest and there would be incredible noise stirred up, which can’t hurt if your goal is to bring attention. Bad press is not always better than no press…remember that while you and CK sit this year.

  4. Well there you go. People actually realizing there is a right and a wrong place for everything. During working hours and in front of millions of viewers is not the right time. IMO. All it accomplished was driving a wedge deeper into the issue.

    While any employee is wearing a uniform displaying the company name there is no reason to embarrass ones self or his company. Nothing was gained or accomplished by kneeling other then their employer losing profits. People are in business to make money not friends

  5. 1. Might want to look up “too little too late”

    2. You had everyone’s attention after taking a knee, then took a knee on taking action

    3. Safety market has been very soft…all unsigned safeties might be SOL until after the draft

  6. Good because it doesn’t accomplish what you were hoping it would… If you want to help out with societies problems, disrespecting the flag/anthem/USA is NOT the way to do that.

  7. So they all took a knee until the owners gave them a payday to be quiet and chipped off some to their causes, which when distributed amongst the many charities among the many players will do nothing. And suddenly, the world’s problems went away and standing for the flag was cool.

  8. free to kneel, free to say whatever you want. That’s what makes our country great. Oh and free not to pay millions to anyone or anything that is bad for business as well.

  9. There is a lot of offseason left. He should just hang tight. I know his on field contributions had slipped but hes not fully washed up either. He is the sort of player teams are going to want to look at after they get their rosters set to where they are then looking for what holes they still need to plug or add a little more depth. Thats when the roles he slots into will start appearing. He should not make the mistake of turning it into a media storm that no one was snapping him up in the first week as that can scare away teams that might have otherwise looked at him.

  10. So he does care about the consequences of his actions. This guy is so convoluted it’s confusing.

  11. People make mistakes..maybe he has learned there are better ways to to help solve what he thinks is a problem. Seems reasonable.

  12. It’s more than that. WAY more than that.

    These kneelers are in a victim-mentality mindset. People with victim mentalities:
    —Blame other people for their mistakes and failings
    —Cannot be intellectually honest about themselves or the world they live in.
    —Routinely underperform.
    —Are argumentative and a headache to anyone around them.
    —Oftentimes are off-topic and less work-focused than those around them.

    These are just a few of the reasons why people like this go unsigned. Who in the world wants people like that in your organization?

  13. Hope the Packers sign this man. Anyone offended by someone taking a knee during the anthem needs to stop being so brittle. Thank God out forefathers and vets out fighting for this great land aren’t so easily offended. When did this country turn into a bunch of sallies?This man stood up for what he felt was right. Wish more people did that. Kneeling has got nothing to do with verteran support or being anti- American- in fact it’s probably one of the MOST American things a person can do. 1st Amendment protects this.

  14. A person protesting at their place of employment will result in consequences, especially when their protest topic has absolutely nothing to do with their place of employment. There’s a time and a place, and at the office isn’t the time or the place. Doesn’t matter if your employer is the NFL, Taco Bell, 99 Cent Store, or otherwise…you have to kinda expect to get terminated by your boss as a result of causing a scene and being a liability. Moral of the story, be careful what you ask for.

  15. Eric Reid: You’ll still have more money and a nicer lifestyle than all those who oppose your right to protest..So the joke are on them..Enjoy..And thanks for standing up for what you believe in..

  16. He’s not “Planning” on Kneeling but you never know what will happen when that National Anthem starts playing. It’s like the Call of the Wild.

  17. They took a stand by kneeling down, and now they have to back it down by standing up. Can you taste the irony

  18. The supply of non kneelers must be greater than the demand for kneelers. It’s the only thing I can think of that is keeping him from being offered a new contract. Simple economics.

  19. He’ll get signed but it will be at a below market rate. Owners are out to punish players who participated in kneeling.

    1. Bennett traded..
    2. Sherman cut…
    3. Reid, no offers..
    4. Texans players flat out not resigned for kneeling and others on the team traded….

  20. “Active” is not disrespecting the flag or the country. “Active” means actually doing something like going into your neighborhood and mentoring and using your own money. Using your time. Sounds like his “active” will be to not take a knee “during” the anthem. What does that mean, doing something after or before the Anthem? I wouldn’t touch this disrupture with a ten foot pole. There are other quality DB’s who just want to earn a living and play football.

  21. yeah it would be strange for him to kneel in front of his tv during games this season.

  22. If you have sufficient talent, and utilize that talent, you will have a job in the NFL. When that talent starts to wane and you are too expensive for what you display, you will likely be gone. It has nothing to do with your politics. When your distractions to the team and/or the fans exceed you talent, you are toast to the NFL.

    If Brees, Rodgers, Brady, etc mooned the fans when they entered the field and again during the anthem, they would be starting in the NFL that, and subsequent weeks. It is called “collateral.” When you have earned enough of it, your actions are forgiven.

    The NFL is a “what have you done for me TODAY” employer. Just because you were, at one time in your career, an outstanding player means absolutely nothing this year. Look at all the HOF’ers who were kicked to the curb when they could not do it TODAY. Marginal players suffer that same fate more quickly.

  23. And one more thing. He picked a really bad time to be a malcontent. The market for safeties this year is terrible. But, as he said, he’s OK with it…until he’s not. So much for standing for your principles once it affects you. Clueless.

  24. To bad he didn’t say he would proudly stsnd for the anthem. Saying you won’t kneel is far from saying you will stand proudly.
    He probably won’t have a chance as he will be watching from his couch.

  25. Get over this move onto something else. I’ll take him on the Bengals all I care about is on the field performance. You can sit, kneel, stand, stay in the locker room I don’t care. Downvote away.

  26. Maybe teams want guys to focus on football and leave their political statements to off-time.

  27. LOL. How is it a crazy ‘narrative’ that you are protesting the anthem, when you are protesting the anthem?

  28. a true patriot tells the truth. faux patriots don’t know the meaning of patriotism. if you’re such a patriot, sign up, your nation is short on troops. Way to go Eric Reid!

  29. “I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country to improve on,” Reid said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I don’t think it’ll be in the form of protesting during the anthem. And I said ‘during’ because it’s crazy to me that the narrative got changed to we were protesting the anthem, because that wasn’t the case. But I think we’re going to take a different approach to how to be active.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That is all the insulted fans asked of the players but they basically just spit in the fan’s faces. The narrative did not get changed. Sitting/kneeling was a show of contempt/disgust towards the country the anthem and flag stand for. That is why during the anthem was chosen. Kaepernick said so himself when it first started (after he realized the benching reason looked bad on him). The media and zealots pushed the inequality concept but have still not adequately defined it. After the attention started growing,, so did the number of players. Some held contempt and others thought it was just about equality and police brutality.

  30. Principals much? If the protest was important enough to undertake when you have a contract, it is especially so when you don’t.

    Kap hasn’t relented his stance because he has none, neither should you. But… Eric Reid is ready to fold camp when there is a price to pay.

    For the record, I do agree that players can kneel silently all they want. The league has not made any rule that a player can’t. Mr. Reid is now Mr irrelevant now that an almighty contract is at stake. Kap gets my respect, him not so much!

  31. Matthew Lembke says:
    March 22, 2018 at 5:52 pm
    Eric Reid: You’ll still have more money and a nicer lifestyle than all those who oppose your right to protest..So the joke are on them..Enjoy..And thanks for standing up for what you believe in..

    Except he ISN’T standing for what he believes in. He’s selling that for a contract. That tells us he never really committed to the cause if he’ll abandon it so quickly.

  32. Amazing how that works, Kap tried to do the back pedal as well. Didn’t work for him…. Probably not going to work for you either. NFL is such a team unity type league, anyone who wants to be the rebel and bring all the attention upon themselves is taking the chance they may never work in the league again. Owners, coaches, want no part of it. Too many other people that can take your place. Smh. Hope Eric Reid’s actions don’t effect his brother. He’s a stud safety as well. He should be a 1st or 2nd round draft pick. Hopefully he gets a fair shake.

  33. Which is it, you now don’t believe in what you originally knelt for or is it just hurting the pocket book? Loser!

  34. Long ago I ceased caring if these guys kneeled. I don’t care if they stand on their heads and masturbate during the national anthem. I mean, consider the source. A bunch of low-lifes paid to smash each others’ brains to a pulp for our amusement. I watch very little of the NFL now, and I was once a huge fan. Besides all the politics and brain destroying, The game has become a silly track meet. It’s pitch and catch. Offenses score points and make first downs at a record pace. In some games, QB’s get a first down almost every time they throw the ball. We’re going to see games with 160 points and 2500 yards of offense. The NFL has become profoundly stupid. I don’t even recognize the game any more.

  35. You reap what you sow. He and others like him chose to do something stupid and they have to accept the fact that it angered millions of people.

  36. Absolutely frightening to me how many people seem to think that patriotism is a REQUIREMENT of residency, anywhere, let alone in America. We’re naturally born without obligation to anyone but ourselves, how can so many people miss that? I mean, that’s not even what Eric Reid’s deal is, but people who aren’t Eric Reid are telling Eric Reid what Eric Reid’s actions mean and what Eric Reid’s feelings are, and that is ATROCIOUS, no matter how you slice it. Everybody “do you” and never, EVER concern yourselves with what people other than you are doing. That seems like the most obvious Life Rule #1, how are so many of you missing this? FRIGHTENING.

  37. “I promise i’ll be a good boy. Kneeling isn’t that important since I need a game check”.

  38. There are plenty of safeties still on the market, why start calling out the league before you know you can still get paid?

    Just creating reasons for teams to sign different safeties instead.

  39. All of a sudden since its costing Reid money he backtracks. I guess his cause isn’t as important as money in the bank.

  40. Eric Reid says he’s not planning to kneel during anthem
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    Since he is not on a team, I’m not sure why he thinks anyone would care.

    BTW, way to go Eric! Love your commitment to your cause! Amazing how quickly these SJWs change their tune when it hits them in the wallet.

  41. Without rehashing the issue of kneeling, I have a question. Is that something that could be written into a contract, as far as any types of demonstrations? Would it be legal? Could you write something into a contract of a player that would auto-fine them for some of the wacka-doodle things some of the players do (kind of thinking along the lines of OBJ proposing to a kicking net, or other oddball stuff)? Could you even legally write any of that into a contract? I realize that is entirely separate from whether or not a player would sign that deal, but just wondering if it is legal to write it in the first place.

  42. Really starting to dislike Eric Reid on all levels now – at least Kaepernick is committed to this stupid cause. Reid folded like a house of cards the second his phone stopped ringing. Dude is baby-soft.

  43. silentbenstrikesback says:
    March 22, 2018 at 10:05 pm
    Principals much? If the protest was important enough to undertake when you have a contract, it is especially so when you don’t.

    Kap hasn’t relented his stance because he has none, neither should you. But… Eric Reid is ready to fold camp when there is a price to pay.

    For the record, I do agree that players can kneel silently all they want. The league has not made any rule that a player can’t. Mr. Reid is now Mr irrelevant now that an almighty contract is at stake. Kap gets my respect, him not so much!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Selective memory much? Kaepernick said he would stand for the anthem in 2017 and he said so the SAME DAY he opted out of SF and needed a new contract. You worship a false hero.

  44. Its over, people made their point, on both sides…The Anthem will ALWAYS REPRESENT, our Country & Soldiers, who gave/are giving, their lives, to protect our way of life…MOVE ON, and quit dwelling, on what’s already happened !!!

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