Eric Reid takes a knee during first game back

AP

With a few scattered exceptions (notably in Miami), kneeling during the national anthem is not much of a thing any more.

But after spending the first four weeks of the season out of the league, Eric Reid brought it to Charlotte.

Prior to his first game with the Panthers, Reid took a knee, as he did when he was with the 49ers.

The Panthers insisted that the decision to sign Reid over their bye was a football only decision, though the presence of new owner David Tepper allowed it to be such. No Panthers player had ever kneeled, though defensive end Julius Peppers stayed in the locker room the week after critical comments by President Donald Trump last year.

The reaction to Reid in Charlotte has been overwhelmingly positive — based largely on football need — and we’ll see if that remains the case now that he’s shown he’ll continue to protest racial inequality and police brutality the way he and his friend Colin Kaepernick did.

40 responses to “Eric Reid takes a knee during first game back

  1. Nothing against this guys right to protest, but if I were the GM, this guy is getting cut if he’s anything less than an all pro safety. Football does not seem to be his focus. He can prove that notion wrong, but somehow I doubt it.

  2. Every human being has the right to Freedom.

    When people are threatened by that Freedom.. those people have become ruled by Fear.

  3. . says:
    October 7, 2018 at 1:21 pm
    Every human being has the right to Freedom

    Couldn’t agree more, and I have the freedom to say protesting during the anthem hurts your cause. Not saying it’s a bad cause, but if it turns off as many as this does it’s probably time to adjust the protest.

  4. I really can’t wrap my head around the fact the people boohoo over this. Is it disrespectful to our country? To the men and women who fight for it? On the contrary I think it shows what they fight for. Shows what are country is supposed to be built upon. Freedom and rights.

  5. I can’t help but laugh at the people this upsets, hang in their snowflakes, him kneeling wont affect your life. I remember when the world looked at USA like they were the prom king, now the world views them as the kid in the back eating glue. Wake up USA you don’t have a the greatest country in the world anymore.

  6. By doing that he made it about himself. The message is out there. By kneeling now he’s saying he will continue to be seen.

    As if it was ever about anyone else.

  7. Some take a knee, others cut taxes and regulation create a booming economy improving the life of all Americans with all time historic lows unemployment for African Americans and Latinos.

  8. Don’t worry. The sun will still come up tomorrow morning. This issue only matters to the media who keep the story alive and people who spend vast amounts of time claiming they no longer watch the game but follow it religiously…

  9. The reaction to Reid in Charlotte has been overwhelmingly positive
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    That’s a lie. All you know is what the media reports and obviously they’re going to leg hump Reid.

  10. I used to be proud that my daughters went to the same high school as Reid and Eddie Lacy. Lacy apparently ate his way out of the NFL. I’m glad the school took down the posters of them at the stadium.

  11. “That’s a lie. All you know is what the media reports and obviously they’re going to leg hump Reid.”

    No, the reaction HAS been largely positive. Don’t confuse the vocal minority with the silent majority.

  12. All you idiots that are upset because he “took a knee” get over it….the world knows he is protesting social injustice…..and because the White House Baffoon got you riled up…you know think he disrespects the flag…..My God…get a life….

  13. This action here proves the NFL is complicit with the left in insulting America, its police, and only cares about leftist fake agenda.

    All squatters should be fired and permanently banned from the sport.

    Let these clown s protest on their own time – they are doing it on their employers’ time and have no right to do so.

  14. I for one celebrate his right to protest and I celebrate my right to express that his kneeling has never and will never change a thing. Does anybody really think that because an NFL player kneels people are going to care more about an issue…, any issue?

  15. redclaw1314 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 3:29 pm
    this is just what the Carolinas need right now

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    Amen to that brother. Florence SC just had a loved and respected 30 year black police officer killed in the line of duty and this Reid puppet essentially kneeled on his grave.

    Classy move…….

  16. Kneeling during the Anthem is not going to stop racism or even address it. There were 600,000 causalities from the North who fought and died to end slavery while fighting under that flag.

  17. “Florence SC just had a loved and respected 30 year black police officer killed in the line of duty and this Reid puppet essentially kneeled on his grave.

    Reid essentially killed that police officer himself, just by kneeling, am I right??

  18. I don’t follow sports much – but I applaud this individual for making a stand for decency & respect of all Americans. He has done nothing to indicate that he does not love this country — to the contrary he is performing his civic duty by peacefully pointing out that something is wrong and needs our attention. I think he is a patriot in the same manner our original patriots sought to uncover and right injustices they perceived.

    He doesn’t have to be right or wrong to speak his truth and opinion. I’ve taken the forum available to me to speak mine.

  19. Minor Fact
    When you go to work and put on the company uniform you do not have the right to do anything that makes the company look bad

    The guy has a right to protest on his time not when at work
    He will play the rest of the year and fade off to nothing
    Two things you do not talk about at work religion and politics

  20. Merciful heavens…
    I’m triggered by something done during a commercial break that I didn’t see.
    Time to clutch my pearls.

    Out of 70,000 people ONE guy did something I don’t like. Time to tattle to mommy.

  21. IMNHO these over-paid jocks who take a knee should be terminated and forced to do two years of military service to our country. They should be sent to the front lines in Afghanistan or similar and see why we stand for the national anthem and why it’s an insult to every Vet to take a knee when millions have died so these ungrateful bottom feeder’s can live a life of fame, fortune and disrespect.

  22. I stand for the National Anthem and the freedoms our country provides to those that choose not to do so.

  23. Not sure why this should shock anyone. The guy is selfish and all about Eric Reid and trying to draw attention to himself. The fact that he just isnt that good of a football player is eventually going to play itself out and he’ll never step or kneel on a football field again.

  24. These geniuses just don’t get it. lol Pay cuts are coming in the next CBA!!! Can’t wait!

  25. yinzer412 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 1:38 pm
    I really can’t wrap my head around the fact the people boohoo over this. Is it disrespectful to our country? To the men and women who fight for it? On the contrary I think it shows what they fight for. Shows what are country is supposed to be built upon. Freedom and rights.

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    No one is fighting for the “right” of people to protest their political beliefs at their place of employment!!!!!
    It’s so stupid for people to defend these clowns when they are dead wrong for WHERE they are doing it!!!!!!!!!!!
    Try it where you work and see what happens to you!!!!!

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