Eric Reid Slams NFL For Using Video of Colin Kaepernick Kneeling During National Anthem

by Jacklyn Krol
Eric Reid slams NFL for sharing Colin Kaepernick kneeling video
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Eric Reid was not happy with the NFL’s decision to share a video of Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem.

What Eric Reid Said

Reid shared two tweets on Monday (September 14) regarding the National Football League’s post.

“What the @NFL is doing is half-hearted at best,” he began. “@nflcommish has gotten comfortable saying he ‘was wrong’ as if his mere acknowledgment reconciles his admitted wrongdoing. He hasn’t even called Colin to apologize, let alone reconcile, proving this is only PR for the current business climate.”

“As such, Roger Goodell uses video of Colin courageously kneeling to legitimize their disingenuous PR while simultaneously perpetuating systemic oppression, that the video he’s using fights against, by continuing to rob Colin of his career. It’s diabolical,” he concluded.

See the tweets, below.

Colin’s Response

Kaepernick spoke out about the video on Sunday (September 12). He shared a Deadspin article about Eric Reid being blackballed by the NFL for fighting for social justice.

“While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) for fighting for the Black community,” he tweeted. “Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.”

Both Reid and Kaepernick are free agents and have not been signed by any NFL team. Kaepernick first knelt in the 2016 pre-season while playing for the San Fransisco 49ers. He has not been on an NFL team since his protest. Meanwhile, Reid is currently ranked the No. 1 free agent on the market. Reid famously knelt alongside Kaepernick at numerous games since the initial show of protest.

The NFL’s Apology

Reid confirmed in his tweet that the NFL has not apologized to Kaepernick himself. However, they released a statement via Goodell. The apology came just after the murder of George Floyd.

“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said in a video. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”

“It has been a difficult time for our country, in particular black people in our country,” he added. “First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all the families who have endured police brutality.”