In the middle of Sunday's slate of NFL games to open the 2020 season, Colin Kaepernick speaks out against the league.
Kaepernick, the former San Fransico 49ers quarterback who hasn't played a game since 2016, took to Twitter to express his thoughts not of his own unemployment but of his former teammate Eric Reid, who kneeled alongside him in 2016.
"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. Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league."
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. Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league. https://t.co/KQXTaOCcnU
Before joining the Panthers during the 2018 season, Reid, 28, played with Kaepernick on the 49ers and was one of the first players to kneel with him during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in America.
FILE – In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. Four years after Kaepernick spoke out against racism and eventually lost his job for peacefully protesting, the NFL supports his fight and now encourages players to stand up for racial equality and social justice.(AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File) (Photo: The Associated Press)
Less than a month after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed remorse for the league not listening to Kaepernick (and others) in 2016 when peacefully protesting, the former Pro Bowl safety still remains unsigned despite starting all 16 games for the Carolina Panthers last season and racking up 130 tackles, a franchise high, and four sacks. His 97 solo tackles tied him for third in the league in 2019.
The Panthers released Reid in March.
Kaepernick and Reid each separate collusion grievances against the NFL alleging that owners collaborated to keep them out of the league, but they reached settlements in their respective cases in February 2019.
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Around the league, Week 1 featured on-field signage in the endzone with "It Takes All of Us" and "End Racism." Pre-game demonstrations by players have continued and the league has allowed players to have decals on their helmets to honor victims of police brutality and racial injustice. The league also decided to play a pre-recorded version of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which is often referred to as the Black nation anthem.
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