Arbitrator Rules Against Eric Reid, Says Teams Can Screen Kneelers

An arbitrator determined the Bengals were within their rights to ask Eric Reid if he planned to kneel for the anthem.

New York, NY – A teammate who helped Colin Kaepernick lead anti-police kneeling demonstrations as San Francisco 49ers has lost his case against the Cincinnati Bengals for asking him if he’d kneel if they hired him.

An arbitrator ruled Tuesday that the Bengals had the right to ask National Football League (NFL) player Eric Reid if he planned to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem.

TMZ reported that the Bengals met with Reid on April 9, at which time he was asked the question.

Reid refused to answer the question and, consequently, was not signed by the Bengals, according to NFL.com.

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) sued and claimed that the Bengals didn’t sign Reid because of the question about the National Anthem.

The union argued that it was a precondition of employment and it violated the collective bargaining agreement, NFL.com reported.

However, arbitrator Shyam Das determined the Bengals were well within their rights to ask Reid about his plans for future protests.

After the kerfuffle with the Bengals, Reid was signed by the Carolina Panthers. He has knelt during the National Anthem so far this season.

When the Panthers played the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 21, he got into a confrontation with Philadelphia’s Malcolm Jenkins prior to the coin toss related to the kneeling.

In an altercation that was captured on video, the two players approached each other and exchanged words before they were separated by their teammates.

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Reid and Jenkins have been exchanging barbs since Jenkins co-founded the Players Coalition, and stopped kneeling during the National Anthem after the NFL promised to donate $100 million to causes important to the new organization, according to ESPN.

Reid called Jenkins a sell out after Sunday’s game.

"He co-opted with the movement that was started by Colin to get his organization started. It was cowardly. He sold us out," Reid said, according to ESPN.

Reid also called the Players Coalition an “NFL-funded subversion group.”

Kaepernick tweeted his support for Reid after the game.

“Eric Reid!!! Enough said!!!” Kaepernick posted.

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RetiredCop104
RetiredCop104

The NFL policy should be you disrespect the National Anthem or the National colors and you can go find a new job. All this kneeling that the Colon dude started is all BS and the NFL was stupid when they said they would pay out money to the players causes, you want money to pay causes use your own damn money. Eventually the owners are going to get tired of the BS because they are loosing money and put a stop to this childish BS, til then College Football is the place to be they have respect.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The arbitrator made the right call. As a player, you are an employee of the team and the team should have the right to enforce their rules. The fact Reid refused to answer the question about kneeling during the anthem is in itself reason not to hire him. Try that in ANY job interview and the results will be the same.

Danimal9752
Danimal9752

Gotta love how the NFL and Goodell bucked and agreed to hand over 100 million dollars to "black causes"....and the protestors like Reid STILL aren't happy and are STILL protesting. Karma right there. Should have nipped this in the bud when it started.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Overpaid, entitled, mis-enformed, police hating, racist bastards. Fire them all.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Why does Reid have the look of someone being Tased?

61mouse
61mouse

They all should be made to watch how the teams and fans show respect for the National Anthem at the WORLD SERIES . This is why I prefer baseball over the NATIONAL FELON LEAGUE

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The anthem shouldn't be played at a sporting event outside of international play anyway. It smacks of insecurity and Budweiser.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

The NFL is no longer a part of my family. The funny thing is I don't miss it at all. I found I can be perfectly happy without them and their ridiculous BS.

Caprice56
Caprice56

Right! He’s a sell out! Received a huge sum of money for their “cause” and continue to whine like children that it’s not enough! I do not miss the NFL at all.

JBo
JBo

The guy's picture is priceless! Looks like he got a surprise enema!

Marxest
Marxest

True the Bengals team did have the right to ask if Mr Reid was going to kneel. But Mr Reid HAS the right to kneel for the so called 'national anthem'. As I've said before, I don't stand for that song. Its not 'anti police' to me. Once I understood the lyrics and the racism within the song (read the lyrics that are not usually sung and you'll see) I said I'll never stand for the anthem ever again. It's been 15 years that I haven't stood and here's to more years of not standing.

hangemhigh
hangemhigh

Kaepernick's quoted reason for kneeling during the National Anthem: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." Kaepernick, like other common race hustlers such as Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, is only 1/1020 % correct. Make no mistake, his kneeling program is a protest against white police and white people. He brings no facts to the table because he has none that prove his point. While blacks are shooting blacks at an alarming rate in the United States, he has no solutions. The only thing he has to offer is cheap moans of racism which have long worn themselves out. People are becoming woke and are fed up with racist lies about blacks being oppressed and black criminals being shot by police just because they're black. Why do blacks turn their criminals into heroes? What positive message does Black Criminals Matter have for America? None.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

NFL= No F'n Lowlifes welcome in my home or on my TV.

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