Malcolm Jenkins concerned that Eric Reid is being blackballed for protests

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Malcolm Jenkins and Eric Reid did not see eye to eye about players’ interactions with owners last season. But Jenkins is speaking up on behalf of Reid now.

Reid, the free agent safety who criticized the Players Coalition that Jenkins co-founded, remains unsigned in free agency. Jenkins says there’s no reason for that other than owners punishing Reid for protesting during the national anthem.

“Absolutely. It would be hard to say that he’s not getting any calls just on talent alone,” Jenkins told ESPN. “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.”

Reid was the first player to join then-teammate Colin Kaepernick‘s protest in 2016. Now, like Kaepernick, Reid is unsigned. Reid could, like Kaepernick, make a collusion case against the NFL owners.

115 responses to “Malcolm Jenkins concerned that Eric Reid is being blackballed for protests

  1. No one was concerned about Reid until he recently started flapping his gums, reminding everyone he protested. Up until a week ago, he was just one of hundreds who protested, but now he has painted a bullseye on his own back. Look up the Streisand effect.

  2. Finally the league is taking a stand against these disrespectful, troublemaking players. Clark Hunt showed them the way when he shipped the unpatriotic Marcus Peters off to the Rams(who are so desperate they will sign anyone). Donal Trump, Bob McNair and Clark Hunt are Making America….AND the league…..GREAT AGAIN !!!

  3. So what if he is. There’s plenty of professions where it would have got him fired on the spot. Welcome to the real world.

  4. The players may say that it was purely a political protest, but as soon as it was clear that there was a significant portion of the public that viewed the anthem protest as insulting to the country and veterans, continued kneeling WAS an insult to veterans.

  5. I am aware that Eric Reid is a good safety but I think I have one game of experience watching him.

    PFT listed him as #56 on Top 100 Free Agents.

    If he’s a free agent by training camp I’ll sympathize but just as the potential exists this is some type of passive aggression from ownership, the potential also exists that Sherman & Jenkins are premature in their assessment – as we all know good and well that every single quality Free Agent is not instantly-signed when Free Agency begins, not to mention the Draft still has yet to occur.

    I think time will tell more than players’ current opinions.

  6. I guess not getting signed by an NFL team for millions of dollars is now considered a human rights violation by these dummies???

  7. It was Not an anthem protest & it was Not a protest against Veterans but that just goes to show no matter what the facts are ignorance is Always going to prevail with too many people. It was a protest of how people of color are mistreated by law enforcement.

    Too many of you make strong, derogatory & nasty comments about people and subjects without knowing the facts.

  8. It is the kind of insinuations by black people which has so turned me off from their causes overall; once infected with “white guilt” and truly concerned about the impact of racism on black people, I have intentionally tossed my guilt into the trash and distanced myself from even contemplating any racism on black people. I don’t give a flying monkey – you perpetuate racism so you can avoid personal responsibility for your failed choices in life. My whiteness doesn’t cause black men to abandon their children, to make poor choices in careers by virtue of never considering education to be important, and I certainly have never forced you to wear expensive tennis shoes as if those shoes make you an athlete and worthy of a pro career.

    Get over yourselves. You are to blame for your plight. And it is amazing how few black men are being shot and abused by police once King Pimple of a Man no longer serves and the Orange Haired one now is. Coincidence? I think not. I believe there was a systematic program that was used to highlight ALL cases to make them seem the actual intent of police instead of the real situation where the cases were very limited and there was no police intent to kill black men (even while they did white men and the police aren’t all white).

    This jerk, if he is blackballed, is done so to prevent his stupidity from infecting his team like Mad Cow that it is.

  9. Let’s take a step back from politics and examine the term “blackballed”. If I get a large face tattoo and I have trouble finding a job, it’s because companies don’t want to hire me, not because there’s corporate collusion against people with neck tattoos. Reid’s political protests and point of view make him a headline and a distraction. Reid is not being “blackballed”, he is “not being hired”– big difference. If I was an NFL GM, I would want my team to create as few headlines as possible. It keeps the players focused on winning on the field, which is what matters. What’s tough for Reid is that the more we hear about him being “blackballed” the less likely he is to get an NFL job.

    As soon as he is hired by an organization, they go from being “the Falcons”, or “the Chargers”, or “the Bengals” to “Eric Reid’s team” and no GM, no coach, no owner wants that for their organization. That’s why he’s “not being hired”.

  10. Here’s the thing, if Jenkins and bennet where free agents they would be facing the same thing!It amazing how we treat this like hes been in trouble with the law and is a repeat offender or something. .You know he’s just trying to help people right???. They seems like High character to me!. But maybe that’s not what organizations want. .Smh.

  11. Step on the field you are at work. Most people who protest at work find themselves looking for a job and these spoiled athletes shouldn’t be any different.
    Stand for our anthem or stay your butt in the locker room.

  12. lol. Enough with the conspiracy mongering.

    Reid WAS BENCHED on the 24th ranked pass defense! In his time he’s been such a NON-DIFFERENCE MAKER that 49er pass defense has bottom-third since 2014! He was part of the problem, not the solution.

    Kaepernick was BENCHED FOR BLAINE GABBERT in 2015. KAEPERNICK couldn’t beat Gabbert in 2016 training camp and Gabbert had to play himself out of the starting job for Kapernick to get the starting job back when he, basically, played like Mark Sanchez did in Chip Kelly’s offense. (But not as good as Nick Foles!)

  13. Was Ray Rice blackballed? All he did was punch a woman…

    No one wants idiots on their team. That’s not blackballed, that’s common sense.

  14. “jbcommonsense says:
    March 25, 2018 at 12:28 pm
    Rotoworld rates Reid as the #2 free agent safety. He’ll be signed. Then some will just have to swallow their anger.”

    Well that’s a laugher and someone at RotoWorld needs to start going to AA or NA or perhaps both… Reid was the #4 safety on the 49ers last year and was benched. He only got back on the field when Tartt & Ward broke their arms.

    The UDFA Colbert was a better safety for the 49ers last year. In fact, he’s better than the other Baalke mediocrty — Ward — whom I expect will have the same trouble next year.

    Bottom-line is that Reid is not #2 safety good. He can’t cover and is only effective as an in-the-box SS in the COver 3 scheme. You put him in Cover 2 or quarters, and he just can’t do it. YOu put him in man, he just can’t do it.

  15. The underlying belly of America is showing itself again. The attitudes of those in the majority are returning where many turn a blind eye to injustice and inequality. What person in his right mind makes an idiotic statements regarding the linger effects of a institional bias which favor males of the majority culture. The past policies of exclusion and systemic privledges that enabled the white majority males to attain unfair advantages over other males of color are intentional. Read and educate as the truth is undeniable. The past effects future outcome.

  16. you play the game you pay the price! they aren’t helping anyone.. Kaepernick started it because he was being squeezed on his contract and Gabbert was playing until his contract was reworked to get rid of all the guarantees. so self interest is all it was….. he reworked the contract then he played badly hence no suitors…….. collusion at its finest.. you are bad no one wants you period!!!!

  17. Concerned? He embarrassed himself, his team and his owner. He disrespected the flag, the country and veterans. Your concerned? You must be a special kind of stupid.

  18. Speaking as a 49er fan who watches every snap, some people like to overrate the talent of certain 49ers when it fits their ideological goals. The guy was the 4th best safety on the team and he’s made of glass. The 49ers are the most “liberal” team in the NFL (meaning Jed York panders to the locals to get back on their good side). And yet they don’t want this guy. Or that other guy, what’s his face. Maybe next time wait more than a few days into free agency before screaming “collusion!” and scaring teams off. These guys don’t know how to get out of their own way.

  19. The 49ers continue to dump these protesters, and then try to appeal to their liberal fan base with some idea about separate locker rooms for females. OK. Got it. But as long as guys like Richard Sherman are willing to sign with them, they’ll continue. I really can’t blame anyone. Sherman, Jed, Lynch, everyone is just trying to look out for their own best interest here. All the PC stuff is just stuff. Nobody really cares about anyone else. Nobody cares about Kaepernick. Nobody cares about women getting their own locker rooms. They’re just concerned about the money. We all are.

  20. Hang in there Eric, Diddy and Steph Curry are bidding to buy the Carolina Panthers. You and Kaepernick will get your opportunity.

  21. It’s a simple risk:benefit ratio. If the guy was great the risk is worth the potential reward. If he is just ok, it’s not worth the risk. Whether you believe their protest was about the anthem or vets, it really doesn’t matter. Perception made that reality. I have no problems with these men expressing their opinion. The ramifications belong to them and they deserve what comes. Few of us could do what they did on our daily jobs and not pay some sort of price. Most of us would be out of work. I have no sympathy for the NFL players on this one.

  22. I’m an above average NFL follower who understands what these guys are trying to say but I really only heard of Reid through the protests. I’m sure that is a bigger part of his current unemployment. Not being seen as a long term answer or short term upgrade plus having PR baggage equals to 3rd or 4th wave of free agency.

  23. Actions have consquences. He is not guaranteed a job. Majority of Americans hate the anthemn protests. Reid is getting what he deserves.

  24. Because he is a football player, he can say anything he wants and it’s ok? Try acting like that in any other profession and see where it gets you.

  25. Actions have consquences. He is not guaranteed a job. Majority of Americans hate the anthemn protests. Reid is getting what he deserves.

    Of course because the protest issues don’t effect those in the majority. You don’t what a reminder of how injust this current system is. You only respect the man as a football player with a total disregard of his humanity.

  26. Noah Webb says:
    March 25, 2018 at 1:35 pm
    Actions have consquences.
    ———–

    Not for the cops who kill unarmed Black people.. which is why they were protesting to begin with.

    Nice try.

  27. barrywhererufrom says:
    March 25, 2018 at 1:24 pm
    Actions have consquences. He is not guaranteed a job. Majority of Americans hate the anthemn protests. Reid is getting what he deserves.
    ———-

    Speak for yourself. Only racists who want to see the status quo remain in place hate it.

  28. Noah Webb says:
    March 25, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    The underlying belly of America is showing itself again. The attitudes of those in the majority are returning where many turn a blind eye to injustice and inequality. What person in his right mind makes an idiotic statements regarding the linger effects of a institional bias which favor males of the majority culture. The past policies of exclusion and systemic privledges that enabled the white majority males to attain unfair advantages over other males of color are intentional. Read and educate as the truth is undeniable. The past effects future outcome.
    ———

    They don’t want to hear you though.

  29. NFLexpert says:
    March 25, 2018 at 1:38 pm
    So leave the country, problem solved…
    ———-

    How about YOU and those who think like you leave, so this country can finally be what it has long purported to be?

  30. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    March 25, 2018 at 1:39 pNot for the cops who kill unarmed Black people.. which is why they were protesting to begin with.
    ***********************************
    Most people forgot, or ignored what the initial protest was all about, including Anquan Boldin and that group that met with the NFL and accepted money for some totally unrelated cause. And then you have an outspoken guy like Richard Sherman signing on with the team that “cleansed” their locker room of both Kaepernick and Reid. Yes, we forgot. Nobody is talking about that anymore. Also, nobody uses the term “Uncle Tom” anymore. I don’t know if Richard Sherman understands history. He is acting like Uncle Tom. He gets to stay in the big house, while the other guys are put out to pasture. So, maybe uncle Tom was just a very smart person. Right Richard?

  31. Who cares what you think Jenkins, how about you worry about playing football and keep your protests for your life outside of football!!!

  32. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    March 25, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    Noah Webb says:
    March 25, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    The underlying belly of America is showing itself again. The attitudes of those in the majority are returning where many turn a blind eye to injustice and inequality. What person in his right mind makes an idiotic statements regarding the linger effects of a institional bias which favor males of the majority culture. The past policies of exclusion and systemic privledges that enabled the white majority males to attain unfair advantages over other males of color are intentional. Read and educate as the truth is undeniable. The past effects future outcome.
    ———

    They don’t want to hear you though.

    ———

    Plenty of people “hear you”. They just don’t agree with you. And like most Liberals when people don’t agree with you then you call names, throw hissy fits and ultimately play the race card. But we hear you….we just don’t give in to your juvenile tactics.

  33. Jenkins will find himself outside looking in once his skills deteriorate to a certain point too. He should be careful and as for Sherman he can be cut at the drop of a hat by the looks of his contract.

  34. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Sure it’s possible that Reid might be a victim of teams fearing a backlash over a stance he chose to take but that doesn’t make it blackballing unless there’s a concerted effort (collusion) among teams in need of safety help not to employ him. It’s also possible that he has not yet been signed because the position has been overpriced in recent years and is undergoing a market correction. Reid maade it clear he will not be an inexpensive signing. Since he was not the best safety available at the beginning of FA and there are still at least 2 better FA’s available at the position (Vaccarro & Boston) what are they being blackballed over?

    I’m not saying conspiracies, prejudice and collusion don’t exist, just that the simplest explanation is usually the best one.

  35. Reading the comments on this post shows that this country is filled with a bunch of grown adult, whiny little children that are offended by ANYTHING now days! Kids getting killed hand over fist in schools and instead of focusing on that, we are whining and bitching about someone taking a knee in protest. Can’t protest police brutality, but it’s ok to protest strengthening our guns laws. Pull your heads out of your asses, grow up, and get your priorities straight. I’m more worried about innocent children dying than someone that took a knee during the national anthem. And if half of you were educated properly, you would KNOW that our flag doesn’t represent our military. Half of you probably don’t even know how many stripes of each color they are and what they represent without having to Google it, get say you know what our flag stands for. Pathetic grown adults with a child mentality.

  36. Chris Dengler says:
    March 25, 2018 at 2:21 pm
    Reading the comments on this post shows that this country is filled with a bunch of grown adult, whiny little children that are offended by ANYTHING now days! Kids getting killed hand over fist in schools and instead of focusing on that, we are whining and bitching about someone taking a knee in protest. Can’t protest police brutality, but it’s ok to protest strengthening our guns laws. Pull your heads out of your asses, grow up, and get your priorities straight. I’m more worried about innocent children dying than someone that took a knee during the national anthem. And if half of you were educated properly, you would KNOW that our flag doesn’t represent our military. Half of you probably don’t even know how many stripes of each color they are and what they represent without having to Google it, get say you know what our flag stands for. Pathetic grown adults with a child mentality.

    —————

    If you are really worried about “innocent” children dying then you must be protesting the over 1M the will be killed this year and the one after that by women exercising their right to “choose”…..right? Oh wait, those kids don’t actually count…

    Ok, well if you are concerned about protecting children at schools then you must be for placing armed security at these schools just like airports, sports venues, train stations, etc. right?

  37. Plenty of people “hear you”. They just don’t agree with you. And like most Liberals when people don’t agree with you then you call names, throw hissy fits and ultimately play the race card. But we hear you….we just don’t give in to your juvenile tactics.

    The facts bear them out when you have a criminal justice where 1 out 15 Black American males are imprisoned as compare to 1 out 103 White males. What about injustice do you not understand? How do you explain such a huge difference in the rate? Are we suppose to believe that somehow Black babies are born with a criminal gene code or is it systemic in nature and by design. The actions of the past provide more then enough evidence which makes the Majority male population guilty as charged. The big bad Black boogieman has been a part of main stream American hertiage since its foundation. Most fear that at some point in American history the chickens will come home to roost and the tide will turn in the opposite direction. Hence the rise of Trump savior of the majority from the impending rise of people of color in this country.

  38. “Concerned”?

    If you’re concerned about being blackballed for protesting, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it on company time.

  39. 6ball says:
    March 25, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    .
    It seems the owners are taking a knee.

    ————–

    A most astute observation…

  40. After only one week of free agency goes by a player accuses blackball. A few more days later another player, and we still have a whole ton of offseason to go. This stuff is out the gate way too early and often. All its going to do is get Reid labeled a PR powder keg and push away teams that otherwise were considering if he fits one of their slots. If they could just be cool and let the rosters settle a slot is likely to open. But they do have to be cool.

  41. Think about your Actions..Before u do them.!!!!Why would any employer hire somebody if their a possible determent to their Company ?..they Could mean well But why pay Millions$$$$$$$ to somebody that can cause Damage to your Brand !??he can say All the right things Now but after a contract who know’s what he’ll say or do…it’s a risk or reward business !!U just lost your job..use that FREE Degree u were given !!!!for your protest’s ..But Not In My Company !!!!which Owners HAVE THE RIGHT TO HIRE WHOMEVER THEY CHOOSE !!!!!

  42. Seems like players are too entitled and forget who their employer is. There is a right way to do things and a wrong way, there is also a time and place to do things that players just dont seem to get. Getting everyone involved and not singling out an entire color of skin is the best way to go. I can go on for days about social injustice that affects the white communities as well but that would be considered racist. I know good cops, ive seen and experienced bad ones, people get power trips i get it, but players need to do their job and accept their employers policies or choose to simply not and find another job.

  43. I have no doubt that Reid’s political opinions might have had some effect on his market. However, the S market in general is very slow this year. Every year there’s one position where it takes a long time for there to be any movement. Last year, it was the RB position. Kenny Vaccaro and Tre Boston are also without jobs. I think Reid would have to remain unsigned for a few more weeks for any talk of him being blackballed to be legitimate.

  44. I’m a three gun owning fairly moderate Trump hating Democrat who also DESPISED these guys kneeling during our National Anthem, so don’t paint all of us Libs with the same brush. I agree with those saying there are consequences to one’s actions. These guys chose to kneel as they did, as far as I’m concerned, disrespected our flag, our anthem, and our country in the process. I know why they say they did it, but they chose the wrong manner in which to protest. I hope none of them gets hired again, ESPECIALLY Kap! Meanwhile God Bless those kids who marched yesterday. That was “Freedom of Speech” at its finest… and they ARE going to vote!

  45. Noah Webb says:
    March 25, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    Plenty of people “hear you”. They just don’t agree with you. And like most Liberals when people don’t agree with you then you call names, throw hissy fits and ultimately play the race card. But we hear you….we just don’t give in to your juvenile tactics.

    The facts bear them out when you have a criminal justice where 1 out 15 Black American males are imprisoned as compare to 1 out 103 White males. What about injustice do you not understand? How do you explain such a huge difference in the rate? Are we suppose to believe that somehow Black babies are born with a criminal gene code or is it systemic in nature and by design. The actions of the past provide more then enough evidence which makes the Majority male population guilty as charged. The big bad Black boogieman has been a part of main stream American hertiage since its foundation. Most fear that at some point in American history the chickens will come home to roost and the tide will turn in the opposite direction. Hence the rise of Trump savior of the majority from the impending rise of people of color in this country.
    I believe Hillary called them “super predators “.

  46. Amazes me how many uninformed people object to others expressing themselves as to what they feel are injustices. They then equate self-expression with being unpatriotic. I think speaking up to 8mprove our country IS patriotism
    Oh well, that is what is a positive about this country, we can all Express our beliefs. I just wish everyone would respect that value.

  47. Life is made up of a bundle of choices each of us makes. It determines who we are, how people perceive as and what direction we go. HE made his choice to kneel, no one forced him, and he was completely disrespectful to America and the flag. Now the OWNERS are making a choice. That is how life works…….and Reid is seeing/feeling it first hand. You reap what you sow!!! Reid and the other players who are whining and trying to blame this on the owners……get a clue. I for one hope his does not get signed. Let him, kap and the other disrespectful players go start another league!! He is getting what he deserves!!

  48. I’m proud of Eric. He knelt for his beliefs….now he’s lost millions…..I was concerned for him that first moment he bent down just because I knew he would regret it.

  49. Let us remember employees have no legal protections or rights to protest anything while on the employer’s clock – and since this jerk violated his terms of employment and actually violated the employer’s rights, this guy is a law-breaker, not a protestor. He conducts himself in a manner that is hostile to a work environment and has contributed in the degradation of the work product and contributed to declining reviews (ticket sales). These are enough conditions to make a potential employee as an unsavory and disgusting prospect. Just because employers have standards for conduct does not mean an employee is blackballed. That employee can form his own league and thus can play as he wants. He is not guaranteed NFL employment and has no right to such.

    This is a non-issue.

  50. So when will people begin to understand that the 1st Amendment provides Free Speech. But it does not say that if others don’t like what you say or do with that Free Speech, they are also ok to avail themselves with Free Speech and are free to not listen or participate with anyone or entity that agrees with your position. So Eric made his point and now the paying customers are making theirs too and since the NFL teams need paying customers to exist in order to pay those exorbitant salaries to the players they will listen to those customers. Learn a lesson and quit your whining guys, it was your choice to make that statement the way you did.

  51. Can you imagine the celebration cheers at your stadium, if CK absorbed a debilitating injury by your team, should he ever have the opportunity to get on the field again? I’d go hoarse. That is one significant reason he’s not on a roster.

  52. idontliveinmymomsbasement says:
    March 25, 2018 at 3:16 pm
    Noah Webb says:
    March 25, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    Plenty of people “hear you”. They just don’t agree with you. And like most Liberals when people don’t agree with you then you call names, throw hissy fits and ultimately play the race card. But we hear you….we just don’t give in to your juvenile tactics.

    The facts bear them out when you have a criminal justice where 1 out 15 Black American males are imprisoned as compare to 1 out 103 White males. What about injustice do you not understand? How do you explain such a huge difference in the rate? Are we suppose to believe that somehow Black babies are born with a criminal gene code or is it systemic in nature and by design. The actions of the past provide more then enough evidence which makes the Majority male population guilty as charged. The big bad Black boogieman has been a part of main stream American hertiage since its foundation. Most fear that at some point in American history the chickens will come home to roost and the tide will turn in the opposite direction. Hence the rise of Trump savior of the majority from the impending rise of people of color in this country.
    I believe Hillary called them “super predators “.

    ————-

    I suspect that more black males are arrested for crimes because 7 our of 10 black males grows up with only a single parent in their lives….usually the mother. Could there be a direct correlation between reckless behavior of black males and a lack of a father in their lives? I think so. But you would rather blame it on some grand conspiracy….

  53. Iknowitall says:
    March 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    Finally the league is taking a stand against these disrespectful, troublemaking players. Clark Hunt showed them the way when he shipped the unpatriotic Marcus Peters off to the Rams(who are so desperate they will sign anyone). Donal Trump, Bob McNair and Clark Hunt are Making America….AND the league…..GREAT AGAIN !!!

    269 170 Rate This
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    I think its ‘disrespectful and troublemaking’ to say that the USA isn’t great. That’s unpatriotic too.

  54. This topic is about as riveting as the “change the Redskins name” crusade which was pathetically embarrassing and died off like kneeling ultimately will.

  55. @Robvikes1: “HE made his choice to kneel, no one forced him, and he was completely disrespectful to America and the flag.” Yes he did but you forgot to say its your opinion it was disrespectful and that’s the problem. I get the idea you feel everyone who doesn’t AGREE WITH YOU is wrong. I don’t think you respect the rights of others who don’t agree with you. Did you know when Colin Kaepernick kneeled he first went to veterans and asked what he could do that wouldn’t be disrespectful to the military and that is what they suggested instead if sitting which was what he was going to do. So, you see why I said uninformed people in my comment above. INMHO standing for the National Anthem is not what Patriotism is about. It’s doing what you can to improve what you feel is wrong with the country. If you don’t like it fine, but at least respect others with different beliefs as long as they are doing no harm to others other than making them think about their own beliefs.

  56. lsuzilla says:
    March 25, 2018 at 12:29 pm
    I guess not getting signed by an NFL team for millions of dollars is now considered a human rights violation???

    ——————
    Its not?

  57. @viperstournaments
    “HILARIOUS!! Doubt players will do this stupid crap again! Accountability!! Welcome to AMERICA”
    are you sure you don’t mean AMERIKA since you don’t seem to like people expressing viewpoints that don’t agree with yours

  58. I thought Reid said he didn’t care if it cost him a job. Hmmm…seems now he does. As the saying goes, he wants to have his cake and eat it too. But seriously, this is something a child would say. “I don’t want to eat my veggies and I don’t care if I don’t get my dessert!” Then, when they don’t get their dessert “I want my dessert!”. It’s time for Reid to man-up and accept that actions have consequences instead of playing the race card.

  59. I had a “Dump Trump” bumper sticker on my car, parked at work. My boss and owner, asked me to remove it or find another job. He signs my checks.

  60. The most important ability is availability. So Reids injury history with multiple concussions is of concern. He can still play well enough that a team is likely to add him before the season. But the FAs getting picked up right now are the guys teams are looking to stake their hopes on. They are going into the roles where the team is counting on them to play and it can change a season if they cant. A guy like Reid has too much extra chance of IR time so a team should not bet their season on him. But as far as a guy to add some depth and be sweet to have on the roster as a really nice bailout if the starter goes down, Reid fits that wonderfully. But thats a couple tiers in on the free agents and the teams arent to that point yet in their building. He is not likely to get signed before the draft but afterwards as teams are starting to settle in on what they have and what they need before heading into camp is about when he will start com8ng up.

    In the meantime if other players and media are leveling acvusations on his behalf they are not helping his cause. The kindest way to help him out would be to leave him in peace to sell him self in the right market when those opportunities come open, and from the best position too.

  61. Plenty of people “hear you”. They just don’t agree with you. And like most Liberals when people don’t agree with you then you call names, throw hissy fits and ultimately play the race card. But we hear you….we just don’t give in to your juvenile tactics.

    You need to educate yourself on the criminal justices systems in the huge inequities that exist when White and Black criminials are sentence for similar crimes. The average sentence for a Black males is 20 percentage longer then White males. Why is that? This is comparing apples to apples but somehow there is a 20 percent difference. The unemployment rate for Black Males 93% higher then White males. Why is that? This is comparing two persons of similar educational background. These are systemtic issues which are in place since the countries founding. This country’s economic foundation was born on the back of those who were never adequately compensated. You speak without knowlegde as the reason why Black single parent rates are high are a byproduct of past and current policies. It is by design!!

  62. “1 out 15 Black American males are imprisoned as compare to 1 out 103 White males”

    Okay I had to stop wading through all the ignorant liberally biased comments at this point and point out that there is zero bias in the judicial system. To remind the grown ups of this simple truth…

    If you can’t do the time then don’t do the crime. What’s wrong with America isn’t racism, it’s glorifying a criminal culture and not teaching our kids the difference between right and wrong.

  63. I’m an AA and I find the constant rambling on about race a nuisance as far as sports go period. Please leave football to be football, yes I’m talking to both pft and a lot of the people commenting. This subject is like oral surgery in terms of pain, but at least oral surgery accomplishes something.

  64. In response to Ron Ford:

    I do not agree with what he did BUT he has the right to protest and that is his choice. My point is players and everyone for that sake can’t complain and scream things are unfair once someone responds to your choice. Reid made the choice to kneel and now the owners are making a choice not to have him on their teams. That is not black balling or collusion that is their CHOICE. Reid and the other protesting NFL players need to understand that. Every action has a reaction and in this case I LOVE the choice by the owners.

  65. No business in the world would hire an employee that has already alienated over 50% of its customer base. That is just common sense. If Reid and Jenkins don’t understand that the NFL is a business, then they are stupid. Would any team sign a player who is a public, die-hard Nazi who goes around wearing swastikas on his shirt?

  66. I really like to know what is inside of Jenkins’ briefcase…..rumor has it he borrowed it from Cosmo Kramer.

  67. OF COURSE he is being blackballed!!! you have a lot of owners who are racist old white men and the people yelling the loudest about it are racist white men. I am a middle aged white man who is tired as hell of the racist yelling the loudest about this issue, AND a retired Navy man with 24 years of service. So don’t give me this crap about the flag. Stop the right wing talking point. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. PERIOD!

  68. Sadly thats the price you pay when you protest. You should know that even if your right in your conviction the NFL doesn’t give a damn especially if it makes them look bad and lose sponsors.

  69. I’m concerned that Malcolm Jenkins is targeting all police as being racist and killers. Police are there to protect and serve …..most of them….of course there are bad apples….but Malcolm decided to paint all police with the racist brush much like Michael bennett and created a bigger divide instead of helping anything, and he managed to disrespect the flag while doing it. Good job malcolm….I’d be curious to hear what Malcolm has to say about his new teammate …the great Michael bennett…another anti cop genius….the two of them should take a knee out of the league together and continue their antpolice campaign somewhere else…you won’t be missed.

  70. pw1265 says:

    OF COURSE he is being blackballed!!! you have a lot of owners who are racist old white men………….
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    And you wonder why the democrat party it at their lowest level of power in their history.

  71. Why are people so tough and opinionated online?

    I have season tickets and I travel to many stadiums to watch games. I sit during the anthem. I kneel. I leave my hat on. No one says a single word to me. I’m sure all the super patriotic tough guys whisper stuff in their girlfriend’s ears, but not a single word out loud.

    Then they go home and post all the things that they WOULD say or do on their Facebook accounts and count the “likes”.

    Pathetic.

  72. I guess Reid just learned that the NFL is a business, and when a player’s actions cost his employers money, that will trickle down to the player soon enough.

  73. Hey Pathetic. US navy disabled Viet Nam vet here. I am glad I can still stand for MY flag and national anthem. Dont trivialize what I am proud of.

  74. I would agree,except for the fact their are several other protesters still on NFL teams and being signed(so get off your high horse thinking you “won” trumpettes). People have done far worse and have been signed. This is probably 75% performance 25% anthem protest. The reward has to outweigh the risk. Many owners may not believe that is the case. We will see by the time free agency has concluded.

  75. Brady has cheated more than any other athlete in the history of sports, he still has a job. Big Ben has assaulted multiple women, he still has a job. Vick did some terrible things to animals and he still got a job afterwards. Maybe it’s because they were all actually good at their jobs.

  76. nhpats says:
    March 25, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    I suspect that more black males are arrested for crimes because 7 our of 10 black males grows up with only a single parent in their lives….usually the mother. Could there be a direct correlation between reckless behavior of black males and a lack of a father in their lives? I think so. But you would rather blame it on some grand conspiracy….
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    Untrue and r/wing spin.
    Because both parents are not in the house is not an indicator black males are “growing up” with a single parent.
    We’ve been over this already.

  77. Michael E says:
    March 25, 2018 at 6:42 pm
    pw1265 says:

    OF COURSE he is being blackballed!!! you have a lot of owners who are racist old white men………….
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    Reid expressed his freedom of speech. Owners are expressing their freedom of choice. What’s the issue? Guess who signed Vick after he served his jail time? That’s right, a white owner!

  78. I suspect that more black males are arrested for crimes because 7 our of 10 black males grows up with only a single parent in their lives….usually the mother. Could there be a direct correlation between reckless behavior of black males and a lack of a father in their lives? I think so. But you would rather blame it on some grand conspiracy….
    —————————————
    Untrue and r/wing spin.
    Because both parents are not in the house is not an indicator black males are “growing up” with a single parent.
    We’ve been over this already.
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    You are out of you to mind. Nobody to enforce rules lacking a strong male presence and allowing the government to raise a child with nothing to work for knowing that the check on the 1st will alwaus be there for them. That is the quintessential reason why thee I am such a dispropirtionate number of African Americans below the poverty line. Lacking education because they are too oftentimes places they’ve should no to be and a majority if the tkne raised by a single parent working to make ends meet or even grandparents too old to keep tabs on them. It sucks man, the government dint care caise thats more tax money they get to keep the poor down. There needs to je a rule if you want ti shucks your responsibility as a parent you shouldn’t be able to have kids.

  79. There is a limit on how many times one can use the victim card, and it is different with each person.

    The trick is to know when you’ve reached the limit.

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