Eric Reid unloads on Jay-Z

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Panthers safety Eric Reid, an ardent supporter of Colin Kaepernick from the moment Kaepernick began to protest systemic opression of minorities during the national anthem three years ago, continues to loudly support Kaepernick. And to oppose those who undermine Kaepernick’s mission, and his sacrifice.

Jay-Z has landed on Reid’s radar this week, due to a wide-ranging deal with the NFL that resulted from negotiations that clearly didn’t begin with Jay-Z saying something like, “Until Colin Kaepernick has a job in the NFL, we’re wasting each other’s time.”

Reid has spent some of his time calling out the move on social media. After Friday night’s preseason game, Reid had some things to say about Jay-Z’s decision from the Carolina locker room.

Jay-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin,” Reid said. “Wore his jersey. Told people not to perform at the Super Bowl because of the treatment that the NFL did to Colin. Now he’s going to be a part owner and . . . . ”

Reid paused for a second or two before ending his thought with this: “It’s kind of despicable.”

“When has Jay-Z ever taken a knee, to come out and tell us that we’re past kneeling?” Reid also said. “Yes, he’s done a lot of great work. A lot of great social justice work. But for you to get paid to go into an NFL press conference and say that we’re past kneeling? Again, asisine. Players Coalition 2.0. He got paid to take the bullets that he’s taking now, because we’re not having it.”

Reid likewise has some choice words for ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith, who echoed Jay-Z’s call to not get caught up in the fact that Kaepernick is unemployed when assessing the potential benefits of the NFL/Roc Nation deal.

“The order of events that happened, all right?” Reid said. “We were professional athletes first. Then we started protesting systemic oppression. Then Colin lost his job because of protesting for justice. Us fighting for Colin to get a job is returning him to the status quo of being an employee. We didn’t advocate for him to lose his job along the way. I think it’s ludicrous for somebody like Stephen A. to make a statement like that, it’s asinine.”

Indeed it is. The NFL can’t pretend to have gotten the message about social justice without ensuring that the messenger receives his own specific brand of it. Of course, that would entail admitting that Kaepernick’s extended unemployment had far more to do with non-football issues than his actual or perceived football skills.

So it’s not surprising that the league would prefer to simply ignore the corner into which it painted itself. Thanks to people like Reid, who risks being shunned like Kaepernick for speaking out, it’s not being ignored.

99 responses to “Eric Reid unloads on Jay-Z

  1. If Reid really wanted to protest in support of Kaepernick, he’d retire from the NFL and take a job doing something else. I mean, how can a moral paragon such as Reid want to be a part of such an awful, oppressive organization.

    Probably shouldn’t hold my breath.

  2. Colin doesnt have a job cuz he sux…sat on the bench during anthem after getting BENCHED for Blaine Freaking Gabbert.., then was coaxed into transitioning his bench sitting to kneeling. And has subsequently been getting paid to be a phony martyr ever since.

  3. Remember when Colin Kaepernick wore pig socks and a Fidel Castro shirt and everyone lost respect for him. Theyre both blow hard virtue signalers

  4. Mr Reid, I believe Colin has been offered a couple positions, being you seem to always leave that part out of this. He is just to big headed to understand he is not starter material. ( have watched him for several yrs) Did not take the offers he was presented! ( cause well then he’d have no argument) but as long as he keeps turning down offers and you guys keep bringing his name up. It will just keep going and going. Bottom line MR Reid is your buddy just isn’t that good..

  5. I am a classic rock kind of guy. The only half time show I ever watched was the one featuring the Who. Jay-Z is probably not going to change my habits. To me, rap is NOT music. I will probably skip the half time shows in the future.

  6. Kaepernick had chances to be in the NFL but he nixed a trade to Denver, opted out of his San Fran contract, and then his girlfriend torpedoed a deal with the Ravens by launching a twitter assault on Bisciotti and Ray Lewis. He has no one to blame but himself and his islamic girlfriend

  7. At least he still has the guts to do what he is doing and not listening to the trump idiots that don’t understand why he is doing it……

  8. Sorry Kap lost his job because the system that worked for him in the beginning just stopped working. Teams were able to game plan against it. He became ineffective. Go back and watch his last 2 yrs at San Fran and you tell me if his play warranted the ability to keep his job.

  9. Seriously, what has to happen for this to end? Is there some statistic or something that can be pointed to that shows how this has helped so far?

  10. People who claim that Kaepernick is a bad quarterback either do not know what they are talking about or they simply do not tell it like it is.

  11. This guy is such a tool. Jay Z put it perfectly when he said they are past kneeling. Time for action. Reid is upset cuz he and Kaep are going to be afterthoughts once the real work starts. Taking a knee and making a bunch of noise doesn’t help create change. Action does.
    Jay Z is smart cuz he’ll move away from the national anthem as the platform which was the biggest issue with Kaep detractors in the first place.

    Wouldn’t expect a simpleton like Reid to see this tho…
    Goes to show you this was about ego all along.

  12. People are too stupid to realize that these grifters have been doing nothing but getting rich off them the whole time. Now go buy some Nikes, dummies, and make Colin some more money while your city rots.

  13. I wouldn’t know a Jay-Z “tune” if it bit me. All I know is he ruins that great song by Alicia Keyes about NY when he starts talking over it.

    I also don’t care one bit about this story. Not even sure what this partnership is about.

    Kap got railroaded becasue of his beliefs. End of story.

  14. CK turned down NFL money, he wasn’t fired…he quit because of his ego. He even had 2 more chances to play but again his ego lied to him telling him he was a starter. Reid is even worst. I bet the Panthers are looking for a reason to dump him fast!

  15. Didn’t Kapernick accept settlement money to resolve his grievance? Nobody owes him anything at this point in time, he released those rights…for money.

  16. Here we go again…..

    CK doesn’t have a job because of his own choosing. Period. Teams have offered him deals and opportunities to return. The NFL didn’t screw Kaepernick, Kaepernick screwed Kaepernick.

  17. Kaepernick’s girlfriend brainwashed the dude and made him the person he is today. 90% of the things he spews from his mouth make absolutely no sense – case in point the Betsy Ross flag fiasco. He’s a mirage.

  18. If Reid feels this way, why is he playing for and getting paid by the object of his derision? Sounds like he wants to have it both ways.

  19. I bet the Panthers are looking for a reason to dump him fast!
    +++
    You would normally think so, because NFL owners are good business people. But the Carolina owner is liberal himself, and when he bought the team, it was widely expected he might be the one to sign Kaepernick to back up Cam Newton. That didn’t happen, come to think of it, so maybe there’s hope.

    Someone in this thread said it earlier, but I also believe this entire thing started when Kaep’s sitting on the bench sulking over being mad about being demoted was mistaken for him protesting the anthem. And he’s been riding the gravy train ever since.

  20. Kaeprernick had chances to have a job AND he took “hush money” for the court case. You expected teams to employ him while he sued the league?

  21. CK got Tebow’d…a guy who wasn’t good enough to warrant the distraction. That’s why Kap, Tebow, Ray Rice and others are out of the league but Tyreek and Reid are. To say it is all race is nonsense, but once you point at race you stand on a moral high ground which makes everyone terrified to argue with lest they be called racist too.

  22. Leman Russ says:
    August 17, 2019 at 11:34 am
    . . . He has no one to blame but himself and his islamic girlfriend.
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    Just curious what his girlfriend’s religion has to do with anything?

  23. This point should be obvious by now, but I’ll say it again: Kaepernick’s kneeling was not about disrespecting the flag or not being a patriot. It was about calling attention to social injustices. People saw a black man kneeling and chose to interpret it their own way–negatively, as an affront to America. Kaepernick was in fact advocating *for* a better America.

    There’s a difference between being a patriot and being a nationalist.

  24. If CK was an all pro starting QB he would have a job with a team. But he’s not. So why take on this QB and the headaches that come with him to watch him give below average performances. This is why he’s unemployed

  25. I agree with the players right to take a knee in peaceful protest, but that is not the reason that Kaepernick is not playing in the NFL. He was benched long before he started taking the knee because he sucked as a Quarterback. The reason he is not playing in the NFL now is because he sucks as a quarterback. Stop trying to link it to his taking a knee, he not playing because he sucks.

  26. pjbergeron81 says:
    August 17, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    I agree with the players right to take a knee in peaceful protest, but that is not the reason that Kaepernick is not playing in the NFL. He was benched long before he started taking the knee because he sucked as a Quarterback. The reason he is not playing in the NFL now is because he sucks as a quarterback. Stop trying to link it to his taking a knee, he not playing because he sucks.
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    So, you’re saying that you’d rather have Nathan Peterman QBing your team?

  27. Only in America can someone become rich and famous with next to no talent.

    It just unreal.

    Somewhere, dead jazz and blues artists (people with actual musical talent) are rolling in their graves.

  28. One clown in the NFL kneeling and he’s on my team. REALLY!!! And we could have found someone just as good less expensive without the baggage. And why didn’t we hear anything about all the good Reid has done in the off season?

  29. I am admittedly left leaning. I’ll take the inevitable downvotes for saying that. Yes, probably some issues in the country that need to be addressed.

    But politics aside and since we’re talking football, can we PLEASE stop talking about him? He will never, ever get another job in the NFL. And it’s not b/c of his politics, it’s b/c he’s simply not that good. That’s it. If you’re good, teams will employ you. There are too many examples to list but we know it’s talent driven.

    Lots of guys have run ins with the law and still have a job. Kenny Stills called out his owner, still has a job. Eric Reid spouting the same stuff as CK, still has a job. If you can play, there is a spot for you (right or wrong). CK can’t play.

    He took a shot in trying to use his platform to introduce politics. I don’t mind him trying, it’s his right under 1st amendment. But first amendment only means freedom of speech…not freedom from consequences. Even as a guy who has some sympathy towards his position, I now find myself hating him and wish him and Reid would just be quiet and move on.

    BTW, can you believe this guy opted out of the final $14M year of his contract? While he made good money in his career (~$43M) he could’ve earned another $14M as a mediocre QB for one year. Might share an agent with Latrell Sprewell, not sure where he thought he was going to get more.

  30. Perhaps Mr. “Z” isn’t as hyperbolic or histrionic about the claims that Eric Reid is making regarding “systemic oppression” whatever that is. I’d be interested in him specifying what current systemic oppression exists. I’d even be interested in hearing his definition of that term.

    CK and Reid seem to think that the louder they become and more chaos they create, the more justified they are in their position.

  31. cb28031 says:
    August 17, 2019 at 11:39 am
    At least he still has the guts to do what he is doing and not listening to the trump idiots that don’t understand why he is doing it……

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    Fair enough. Are you saying that from Reid’s side or JayZ’s?

  32. The NFL is not the issue. Reid is off the mark. Progress across all social amd business platforms can be realized by having more people of color in positions of power, such as an NFL owner. This step by Jay-Z is exactly what the kneeling was about.

  33. Vilify my employer, sue my employer, sue for and win the money from my employer, demand the job from my employer, keep the job provided by that employer, vilify my employer.
    What did I miss?

  34. Difference between Jay Z and Eric Reid? Jay Z is a capitalist, Reid is a professional victim. Now guess which one is going to go thru life happier and more comfortable in their surroundings?

    If I were as unhappy as Reid and Kaep, I think I would just off myself to end the misery. But that’s just me, no sense hoping they see things the same way.

  35. what Reid is failing to understand, is that if a guy like Jay Z owned a team, Kap would have a job. “Get past the kneeling” means to stop crying about what’s happened and make some moves. My biggest beef with the social justice movement is the complete disregard for personal accountability. Yes, people are being victimized. They will continue to be until the right people (Jay Z in this case) gain power and influence.

  36. Yeah let’s not actually DO anything about the social injustices in our country. Let’s just continue raising awareness about a problem that everyone in the country is aware of.

  37. So Jay-Z cant make any deals with the league but Reid can continue to play and make money. Reid is a phony. Kap made a decision and it had consequences.

  38. Incorrect Eric… you were re-hired because an NFL team thought you still have something to offer them on the field, Colin was not re-hired because NFL teams thought he had nothing left to offer them on the field.

  39. bystanderhere says:
    August 17, 2019 at 1:34 pm
    Vilify my employer, sue my employer, sue for and win the money from my employer, demand the job from my employer, keep the job provided by that employer, vilify my employer.
    What did I miss?
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    Free speech and the courage to stand up for what you believe in. . . that’s what you missed. The essence of being a man, and of being an American. . . that’s what you missed.

  40. Why do the CK supporters IGNORE the Baltimore situation??? Look at the Ravens. John Harbaugh is practically running his brother’s offense (when Jim had CK in San Fran). So it’s pretty clear the Ravens could have made it work. Lamar Jackson is 2019 version of a CK. With that said, the Ravens were going to sign him. He would be the starting QB of the Ravens running the offense Lamar Jackson is running. But CK SABOTAGED the deal!!! Why? If he wanted back into the league sooooooo bad, why would he sabotage the deal? Sure, “it was his girlfriend”, but either way, why would “they” sabotage the deal? If he wants back in as bad as he says, his girlfriend would know that, and she wouldn’t have posted those messages (tho I believe he posted them using her account). Why isn’t CK angry that she did that??? Cuz he isn’t angry. He needed to do the work out and look good enough to sign. Mission accomplished. Then, he needed to find a way to not get signed. Social media posts about Biscotti, no contract offer. Mission accomplished again. If he wanted to play, he’d be the starting QB in Baltimore. That’s it. End of story. If it were me, and my girlfriend did that when I was getting my opportunity, she’d have been kicked to the curb. Why wasn’t she? Cuz it was orchestrated.

  41. you know all this is going to do is make whatever music shows Jay-Z puts out there for the NFL even more politically divisive, more anti-police, and more anti- white.

    Kap wore socks depicting the police as pigs. that was the moment i went against this movement of his.

  42. bonitalocal says:
    August 17, 2019 at 12:58 pm
    pjbergeron81 says:
    August 17, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    I agree with the players right to take a knee in peaceful protest, but that is not the reason that Kaepernick is not playing in the NFL. He was benched long before he started taking the knee because he sucked as a Quarterback. The reason he is not playing in the NFL now is because he sucks as a quarterback. Stop trying to link it to his taking a knee, he not playing because he sucks.
    ——————————–

    So, you’re saying that you’d rather have Nathan Peterman QBing your team?

    No, I don’t want either of them as a quarterback, they both suck miserably… I’m saying if Kaepernick had any skill as a quarterback, he would have a job.

  43. Reid Grounds here to stand on. Yeah real smart water as successful African American businessman Making a business decision, oh but of course if you don’t do it his way then you’re despicable. Honestly I’m glad the Niners let this guy go. He’s not gonna have a job either and wonder why

  44. In the comment section of this article, we all keep saying the same thing over and over. What needs to be done is for all of us to ignore this Kaepernick garbage and they’ll move on. With Jay Z being so oppressed, he’s made enough money to buy an NFL team and he’s now showing them how it is done! Instead of whining he’s working…..

  45. I’m a liberal. I usually support social movements but Eric Reid and Colin are both IDIOTS. They are not real activists. They are all about money and fame. They are just jealous of the players coalition. And jealous Jay z has that partnership. It’s a darn shame. Everyone sees right thru it.
    What a joke!

  46. First of all Kaepernick turned down his last year with the niners. Then he did get a offer from the ravens to play for them. So how is that not letting him be in the NFL? He was going down the tube anyway as far as a good quarterback. Then he pulls that stunt with the kneeling and other anti cop stuff,etc. No one to blame but him self! Reid needs just to play ball and shut up period!

  47. Wasn’t Kap like the worst QB in The NFL the last time he had a starter’s gig? Didn’t he also refuse to play for less than starter money? Teams won’t sign him because he’s not good. If this was, say, Russel Wilson then he would be playing right now. Owners just want to win and they will put up with just about anything if it leads them to the promised land.

  48. Once again, Eric is playing the game of shells. He’s bringing the CK crap up to stir the pot because he knows he’s on the verge of getting cut… he’s just not that good anymore. He’s slow and getting beat. Like Kap when he got benched started this kneeling garbage and throwing a pity party, Eric is now amping it up so when he gets cut, it’s not because he can’t play, it’s because he is a VICTIM of his political protest against the NFL. Hide and watch…

  49. I’m confused
    Isn’t Colin Kaepernick protesting Racial Injustice?
    Seems to me Reid and Kaepernick should be celebrating the fact that an African American has the OPPORTUNITY to be an NFL Owner. Sounds more like Sour Grapes than anything else

  50. Dear Eric,

    If you are woke, then you’re a joke! Both you and #7 are jokes! Unfortunately, it’s not funny anymore. What’s your exit strategy?

  51. Colin is not a QB in the NFL cause he not good enough to be a starter and nobody wants to put up with the extra attention that comes with Colin to have him as a back up. Reid doesn’t have a problem finding an job in the NFL, despite being supportive of Colin, because there are teams out there that still find value in having Reid on their Roster. If teams thought Colin could help them win a Superbowl He would be on their roster, kneeling or no kneeling.

  52. Obviously Jay Z isn’t felling the social injustice. In fact he went to work and got paid. Good for him!

  53. Reid is just making stuff up. Kaepernick had a contract with the 49ers. It had a player option to terminate it which he exercised to become a free agent. In other words, he quit his job. The Ravens were going to sign him until Kap’s girlfriend tweeted that Ray Lewis was an Uncle Tom and Bisciotti was like a slave owner. Kap kept his girl (she’s very hot) instead of a job. Quit whining about it.

  54. Was assine is your still making millions and whining. If you were on Kap’s side then why take a job. Wow the pot calling the kettle black

  55. He had job with the Raven until his militant GF posted racist stuff about the owner and Ray Lewis… funny how nobody ever mentions that.

  56. What are you talking about Florio??? He had a job with the Baltimore Ravens and they pulled the offer after Kaps GF Nessa tweeted that meme showing Ray Lewis and the Ravens owner hugging in an obvious reference to Django Unchained and then said the owner has a slave mentality FACTS… it’s undeniable.

  57. I can’t say what I want to say about Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. Suffice to say it isn’t Happy Birthday!

  58. “Panthers safety Eric Reid, an ardent supporter of Colin Kaepernick from the moment Kaepernick began to protest systemic opression of minorities during the national anthem three years ago”

    Fixed: Panthers safety Eric Reid, an ardent supporter of Colin Kaepernick from the moment Kaepernick was benched for Blaine Gabbert due to poor performance, Kaepernick then launched a protest against law enforcement during the national anthem .

  59. “Colin lost his job protesting social injustice” is not true. Colin had a job that would have paid him $12.5 millions dollars that HE OPTED OUT OF with the 49ers. He made that choice but once again nobody will make him own it.

  60. The Social Justice Brothers are remarkable in their ability to con many into thinking that they really care about their community while making millions and then slamming others who make millions without the pretense of giving a flying monkey about their community.

  61. Eric Reid needs to calm down, I mean he is employed by the NFL. If the NFL thought he had talent he’d be employed, but then again it probably has something to do with the fact that absolutely horrible QBs have backup or starting jobs. It’s been a minute since he’s been in the NFL so that’s probably a factor. Colin was good under Harbaugh, he might’ve been good under Shanahan, owners just don’t want to take away from the “shine” of the shield, plain simple.

  62. Meanwhile sports writers and website operators profit from writing about the NFL while suggesting Jay-Z should not profit from a deal with the league.

  63. cb28031 says:
    August 17, 2019 at 11:39 am
    At least he still has the guts to do what he is doing and not listening to the trump idiots that don’t understand why he is doing it……

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    Very few understand why he is doing it and even less think it holds any honor or has any validity. The root of the problem is that middle finger protesting without clear messaging about intent is just an empty middle finger insult. At least Kaepernick lit his career on fire and is now whining from outside the NFL. This fool does not even understand that Kaep is done.

    Unless the messaging is that they want Kaep to be a big figure in the clueless celebrity martyr category. We all understand that angle of it.

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