Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid get rousing ovation at U.S. Open

AP

Shunned by the football league headquartered in New York, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick and free-agent safety Eric Reid have been celebrated by the national tennis tournament held there.

Via multiple reports, Kaepernick and Reid received a rousing ovations when their images were displayed on the video board at the U.S. Open, on the night of the showdown between Serena and Venus Williams.

“The poor souls who don’t realize [Kaepernick and Reid] are American Icons are about to be given a rude forearm shiver,” wrote their attorney, Mark Geragos, on Twitter in response to news of the warm welcome they received.

Earlier this week, an arbitrator ruled that Kaepernick’s collusion grievance against the NFL will proceed to a full-blown hearing. Appearing on the #PFTPM podcast, Mark Leibovich (author of Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times) explained that the NFL genuinely believed that it would prevail in its motion for summary judgment, securing a dismissal of the allegation on the basis that there is no specific documentation of a directive to shun Kaepernick, circumstantial evidence of collective and collusive action be damned.

And so, two years after Kaepernick began to protest during the anthem knowing full well that it would adversely impact his career, he’s moving toward what would be regarded as an upset on par with Super Bowl III, even though those who understand how the NFL operates will have seen it coming.

28 responses to “Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid get rousing ovation at U.S. Open

  1. Ugh.

    Kaepernick and Reid American Icons????

    The hyperbole is amusing

    Neither of them want to play as they are better at protesting than playing football.

    Reid cannot even get on a flight for a tryout and Kaep hasn’t seen the field in almost two years and thinks a team should sign him as a starter.

    American Idiots

  2. Um, they werent shunned at all. BOTH turned down offers from the Niners. I get you’re mad that they don’t play, but dont be naive to the facts. They both turned down offers.

  3. Kaepernick and Reid are American Icons ? I suppose you should add Scott Peterson and you would have the modern day version of the Three Stooges !

  4. I love the fact that his attorney got a picture from the perfect angle, the second the two of them were individually shown on the big screen and oh look, they are displaying their names on the big screen too. What a laughable PR stunt.

  5. It’s pretty simple:

    They messed with the owner’s money and now the owner’s are messing with their money

    Actions have consequences and they’re not entitled to be on an NFL roster

    I’m not even offended by their kneeling, but from a business perspective anyone with a shred of common sense could see that this would end badly for them

  6. Everyone knows these guys should be playing in the NFL
    If Trump had kept his mouth shut. there would be no controversy
    They would be playing
    and America would be looking at how things have gotten so bad for Blacks
    and hopefully working to find ways to reduce racism
    These men are the Martin Luther King’s of today
    Peaceful, honest displays of concerned men

  7. See? You bigots that make these nasty comments about these guys are in the vast minority. Did kaepernick make mistakes in his quest? Absolutely, the pig socks were a mistake. But the important part, the message, that so many chose to ignore, has not been ignored by everyone

  8. Some people like him, some don’t. We’re all allowed to express ourselves whether we do or not. This is America. We have a flag and a song and everything. Some people show a ton of respect for it, some show a little, some defy it all together. Some people earned lots of cool stuff but still don’t act like they appreciate the reason they get to keep it.. Those people are hard to stomach.

  9. Good!No matter what someone thinks of Kaepernick’s capability, there’s no way in the world that Reid shouldn’t be signed by now. It all just proves the point of collusion.

  10. Great, Kaep and Reid can go play tennis and be cheered. Now I dislike tennis. No football fans want them playing in the NFL.

  11. “American Icons” Their lawyer is definitely wearing the rose-colored glasses, as he makes the money!!! I hardly think that too many people see it that way……

  12. Yeah. Real heroes. Not like those poor schlubs in Afghanistan and Iraq, not like the losers who put their lives on the line, both in the Armed Forces and who put on their police uniforms to try and stop drugs and violence in major cities every day. No no…these ATHLETES are really courageous for protesting the Anthem and the flag to “raise awareness” for a made-up issue, statistically speaking Kudos, fellas.

  13. Spontaneous applause from a crowd 9most probably ignorant as to why) doesn’t pay the bills. Enjoy your 15 seconds of applause guys….you’ve earned it.

  14. If nothing’s there, then there’s nothing to find

    Thank God that other prestigious franchises, agencies, cooperations, are willing to honor & support unpopular stances and/or people who makes them

    May God govern this ordeal & may God bless America to freedom, liberty, & justice for ALL men

  15. And so, two years after Kaepernick began to protest during the anthem knowing full well that it would adversely impact his career, he’s moving toward what would be regarded as an upset on par with Super Bowl III, even though those who understand how the NFL operates will have seen it coming.
    ——————————————

    I would say what impacted his career long before the kneeling started was when he met his racist girlfriend. He became a Vegan, lost 20 lbs of muscle and quit caring about football.
    Comparing his sham grievance case to SB III made me laugh………..or was that serious?

  16. softhelmet says:
    September 1, 2018 at 12:58 am
    Good!No matter what someone thinks of Kaepernick’s capability, there’s no way in the world that Reid shouldn’t be signed by now. It all just proves the point of collusion
    ———–
    Reid turned down the Niners deal earlier this year and Shanahan said he could come back last week and have a backup spot. He turned it down. And before you tell me hes a starter, he lost his starting job week 2 of last year. It’s not collusion, its Reid thinking he’s more than he’s worth.

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