Eric Reid calls return “bittersweet” because of Colin Kaepernick’s absence

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Eric Reid was grateful to be back in the league, and to be able to engage in his personal form of non-violent protest.

But the absence of the guy he knelt next to for so long made his first game back with the Panthers difficult for him.

Via Jason Reid of The Undefeated, Reid said that the continued unemployment of quarterback Colin Kaepernick made it a difficult day for him.

It’s bittersweet,” Reid said. “I won the game, but Colin is at home with my kids. He should be playing.”

As he did when they were together, Reid took a knee during the national anthem yesterday, to draw attention to police brutality and racial inequality. Reid knows that political opportunists and their willing followers will try to turn it into something else, but he was steadfast.

“Everybody in this [locker room], everybody who watches this game [and] everybody in this country knows what we’re talking about,” Reid said. “It’s the truth. You can’t deny it. We’ve just got to do more to make this better. . . .

“People who don’t want things to change, people who want to maintain the status quo . . . they have to subvert. They have to distract. They have to redirect from what we’re trying to accomplish. We have to stay strong. We have to stay diligent.”

Before Reid signed with the Panthers prior to their bye, he was part of a backpack giveaway with the Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York, providing school supplies for underprivileged students. That’s just one of the roles he’s been happy to take on, and he made it clear after his first game back that he’d continued to work toward causes that were meaningful to him.

And before he knelt again, he told coach Ron Rivera of his plans, though he said he wasn’t looking for permission. And he was supported by teammates, including future Hall of Fame defensive end Julius Peppers (whose staying in the locker room for one anthem was the previous high-water mark of Panthers protest).

“I told him earlier in the week I was going to support him regardless, whatever he did,” Peppers said. “I wanted to make sure he felt comfortable doing what he did. . . . He adds a sense of culture to our team and we’re embracing it.”

The Panthers are also embracing him because they needed help at safety, but it’s clear he’s not leaving his conscience behind him just to get a job.

32 responses to “Eric Reid calls return “bittersweet” because of Colin Kaepernick’s absence

  1. “Eric Reid calls return “bittersweet” because of Colin Kaepernick’s absence”

    Colin Kaepenick doesn’t want to play football while he can still be a martyr and get paid money to do nothing.

    If he had really wanted to play football, he’s had plenty of opportunities. He just refused to accept them.

  2. “Everybody in this [locker room], everybody who watches this game [and] everybody in this country knows what we’re talking about,” Reid said. “It’s the truth. You can’t deny it. We’ve just got to do more to make this better”. . . .

    I have no clue what these million dollar athletes are talking about. If you have a talent, you will be rewarded, end of story.

    It could be brains, it could be brawn, whatever…systematic oppression???? Ridiculous..

  3. As a Panthers fan from day 1 I totally hate this. He was a non factor in the game and I hope that his stay here is a short one!

  4. “Reid said. “I won the game, ”

    Wow….he must have played unbelievably to win that game by himself

  5. I’m trying to figure this out. Last week a Jet player said that they were disrespected by Denver for running up the score, but people shouldn’t feel disrespected for you kneeling for the anthem??????

  6. Kap isn’t playing because he isn’t good enough. Period. Stop all of the grandstanding about him being a great player and a “hero” to everyone for standing up. Heroes are few and far between and he isn’t one of them.

  7. I tuned in late and caught less than a minute of the game before the station switched to the Eagles game. So what was up with all those empty seats? Looked like a close game. Lot of folks leave?

  8. Kaepernick said that Reid’s return is bittersweet because he is happy for Reid but it hurts his collusion case against the owners.

  9. How come no Kaepernick supporters ever address the fact the Ravens were about to sign him before his psycho girlfriend directed a racist message toward the owner and Ray Lewis, and then Kaepernick didn’t even disavow it? Chirp, chirp.

  10. Breaking News, Nike just signed Eric Reid to a massive ad contract. Apparel and ad’s featuring the word “Diligent”.

  11. Tell me again how a cry baby millionaire kneeling accomplishes anything other than division?
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    Tell me again how cry baby millionaire politicians or their cry baby supporters accomplish anything other than division? Both the right and the left are equally repulsive. They only exist to divide.

    United we strand. That is why they divide.

  12. If it feels “bittersweet” to you Reid you can do the easy thing and retire so you and Kap can go kneeling across the country and see how far that gets you.
    You had to bring up an incident about the police officer after the game to put all the attention on you instead of complimenting your team mates, especially your kicker for pulling out that big win.
    Get your priorities in place before you flap your gums and give thanks to the Panthers for giving you a second chance because it appears that no one else would have……SMH!

  13. factschecker says:
    October 8, 2018 at 10:45 am
    Tell me again how a cry baby millionaire kneeling accomplishes anything other than division?
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    Tell me again how cry baby millionaire politicians or their cry baby supporters accomplish anything other than division? Both the right and the left are equally repulsive. They only exist to divide.

    United we strand. That is why they divide.
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    But your comments are divisive and hateful as well. Get off your high horse, you’re no different than anyone else.

  14. This type of carte blanche support for Kaep’s protest implies support for his “solution” – a police state like that of Castro’s Cuba. Which highlights the anti-America thought which underlies Kaepernick’s form of protest.

  15. And before he knelt again, he told coach Ron Rivera of his plans, though he said he wasn’t looking for permission. And he was supported by teammates, including future Hall of Fame defensive end Julius Peppers (whose staying in the locker room for one anthem was the previous high-water mark of Panthers protest).
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    The workplace has sure changed over the years. I wish I could get a job in the NFL where you don’t need permission to do whatever you want. I think I’ll tell my employer i’m only going to work 4 days a week, and let him know i’m not asking for permission i’m just going to do it. Apparently we can do whatever we want now.

  16. Wow! Not sure where to begin. All i can say it is very sad to see. As a Carolinian and a fan of the Panthers from inception I will not let Eric Reid take the enjoyment out of pulling for the Panthers for myself or for my kids. The Panthers were there long before him and will be there long after he is gone. You keep kneeling and i’ll keep ignoring.
    This county is not perfect and we all know that. However Reid is delusional. No, not everyone in the locker room, watching the game and in the country support you. Not even in the locker room.
    Also, you state you won game. You didnt say we won the game. You said you did. Just shows how selfish you are. Pretty sure there is no way in hell you can kick a 63 yard field goal..

  17. He can’t play now. If he does and he falls flat on his face, he will have proven all of his detractors right. It’s too risky if he wants to be able to keep his current gig.

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