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NFL'er Says He Won't Be Taking a Knee During Anthem Anymore

Colin Kaepernick may have been the football player who started protesting the National Anthem on the field, but he wasn't the only one participating in the demonstrations. When Kaepernick started, Eric Reid was taking a knee right next to him.

Reid, a free agent with the NFL, recently had a change of heart about the demonstrations during the 'Star-Spangled Banner', and he vows he won't be kneeling anymore. That doesn't mean he'll stop fighting for what he believes, though.

According to Reid, the protests that had players throughout the NFL taking a knee on the field were meant to protest racial injustice and police brutality against minorities. Reid knelt through the National Anthem throughout 2016 and 2017, but in the 2018 season he says he'll be standing tall.

The problems he protested, he says, were real, and he continues to stand by those protests. But Reid explains that the 'narrative has changed', and the protests are now being perceived as protesting the anthem and what it stands for.

"We understand you have to change with the times,' Reid said, according to ESPN.

"I'm not saying I'm going to stop being active because I won't... I'm just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country and improve on the issues happening in this country. I don't think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem."

Reid says it's 'crazy that the narrative changed' to suggest that he and his teammates were protesting the anthem, and is adamant that this is not the case. "I think we're going to take a different approach to how we're going to be active."

In 2017, Reid acknowledged that his protests could limit his market as a free agent when he was looking to sign a deal in the spring. Kaepernick, a free agent who opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the 2016 season, was not even signed for 2017.

With the controversy surrounding him and his on-the-job protests, it seemed no team wanted to touch him with a 10-foot pole.

Kaepernick is suing the NFL, accusing owners of colluding against him because of his controversial protesting. Collusion won't be easy to prove, because Kaepernick will have to provide evidence that at least a couple of teams got together to work actively with the NFL to prevent signing him.

Since there were 39 other back-up quarterbacks not in the midst of a national firestorm that alienated half the NFL viewers, it's more likely that teams individually decided they didn't need an employee who liked to create drama on the job. Unfortunately for Kaepernick, there is nothing illegal about that.

Reid seems to be very mindful of Kaepernick's situation, though, and may be trying to employ some damage control.

"The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I've protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous. If you think is, then your mindset is part of the problem too," he tweeted last week.

Reid might be backtracking a bit to keep the peace (and his career), but he says he has no regrets about standing for what he perceived to be injustices. “I said before, I stand by what I've done,” he said.

“I know why I've done it. My faith in God is the reason. I can go to sleep at night confident that I did what I was taught to do. I'm just going to stay positive, keep training, keep staying in shape and we'll see what happens.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Keith Allison, You Tube

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