NFL Kneeler Eric Reid Files Collusion Grievance Because Nobody Will Hire Him

AndrewBlake

NFL player Eric Reid took a knee with Colin Kaepernick, now says the league has blackballed him.

San Francisco, CA – In 2016, defensive back Eric Reid supported teammate Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest and kneeled alongside the quarterback during the playing of the national anthem.

Now, Reid has joined Kaepernick again, this time by filing a collusion grievance against the league over his employment status after no teams have signed the free agent, according to ESPN.

Kaepernick filed his own collusion grievance in 2017 when he was not signed by any NFL teams after quitting his team, and ended up sitting out the season.

According to ESPN, Reid is working with attorney Mark Geragos, who also represented Kaepernick in his grievance against the league.

"Our union is aware that Eric Reid and his legal representatives filed a collusion claim, which will be heard through the arbitration process as spelled out in our collective bargaining agreement," the NFL Players Association said in a statement Wednesday, according to ESPN. "Our union supports Eric and we are considering other legal options to pursue."

Reid has claimed that no teams are signing him since he became a free agent in March because of his anti-police protests.

Reid, 26, is a fifth-year free safety and has played his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers. He had 10 career interceptions, including two last year when he played in 13 games.

Multiple NFL executives, including 49ers’ GM John Lynch, have said there was a “slow” market for safeties in free agency this year.

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ProFootballTalk reported that the Cincinnati Bengals had talks with Reid and asked him about whether he’d kneel for the national anthem if they signed him.

Bengals owner Mike Brown told Reid that he plans to ban kneeling in the upcoming season, according to ProFootballTalk.

Reid said he wasn’t willing to make a commitment.

ProFootballTalk reported that Reid said he thought the coaching staff wanted to sign him and didn’t care about the national anthem issue. But then head coach Marvin Lewis asked Reid if he wanted to clarify anything he told Brown. Reid said he didn’t. And the Bengals never offered Reid a contract.

The Bengals told ProFootballTalk they consider conversations with prospective players as confidential.

Comments (14)
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Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Honestly, what do any of these NFL protester stories have to do with a pro law enforcement site? Who cares about them.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

It's to keep y'all mad. Why else would anyone here care about contract signing, unless the schadenfraude of Eric Reid not getting signed excites you?

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

The initial story of it I understand, but now its just space filler. Would rather see a perp getting his than more noise about over paid entitled cry babies. For people that don't keep up with all the woes of everything that offends everyone these days they would click on this and wonder why its here. I don't have any idea who Eric Reid is.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

The initial story of it I understand, but now its just space filler. Would rather see a perp getting his ass handed to him than more noise about over paid entitled cry babies. For people that don't keep up with all the woes of everything that offends everyone these days they would click on this and wonder why its here.

If these kneelers keep making it in here, a political story, might as well post something interesting like Candice Owens speaking her mind too. Balance things out a little.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Who cares anymore. This is such boring "news". These guys made their beds and now they have to sleep in 'em. Next story for Christ's sake.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

All of this is becoming old. The only thing about this is you lay with the dogs you are going get fleas on you and it looks like he is ate up with them.

Bill d
Bill d

Money talks everything else walks.
Declining viewership, attendance and merchandise sales point to one logical conclusion: nothing on God's green earth will be allowed to interfere with a multi billion dollar per year business.

rwingjr
rwingjr

I think it's relevant on this page. A lot of fans supported the police on this, and continue to. Probably most support the National Anthem, but regardless I think it's important for us to support the team owners who are not hiring these primadonnas.

Propolice
Propolice

Glad he’s not being hired but most probably because he’s not good enough to be worth the trouble. I’m hoping the nfl will continue to repair the damage they did to fans by not tolerating any personal grievances (real or imagined) on the playing field. My family will continue to boycott the nfl until they apologize to our Cutizens for their disrespect.

Winders
Winders

Reid - Just because you "thought" you were going to be signed means Nothing in reality.

Marxest
Marxest

This has very little to do with Law Enforcement. They protested one aspect of law enforcement. But these men are being persecuted for their beliefs. But that's is America.

Nativeamerican
Nativeamerican

If I’m an employer/owner, i have the right to ask you, not employ you or fire you. If you Act in a way that is detrimental to the success of the business and the safety and welfare of my employees. These are my rights, just like them kneeing was their right. I think owners and vendors alike and shouldn’t Akers the kneelers to court for loss of revenue do to their kneeling protest.
But they don’t have the right to take mine away.


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