Former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid is joining his former teammate Colin Kaepernick in filing a collusion grievance against the National Football League owners. Kaepernick filed against the NFL in October of 2017.
“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. “Our union supports Eric and we are considering other legal options to pursue.”
Reid, a free agent, joined Kaepernick during his protest of injustice and inequality during the 2016 season. He continued that practice of kneeling during the ’17 season.
Reid, 26, is a five-year veteran from Baton Rouge, La., where he attended LSU, is paying the price from perspective teams. Amazingly, Reid has gotten practically no interest from teams despite his ability to play safety, and even some linebacker. He is a solid, experienced young player who still has room to get better.
Reid knows it has absolutely nothing to do with his abilities as a player.
“GMs aren’t the hold up. It’s ownership. People who know football know who can play,” Reid stated via Twitter. “People who know me, know my character.”
“Narrative is powerful so I have to set it straight. There are a lot of false narratives out there. I hope y’all are paying attention.”
Reid is on point. NFL owners, which are all white with the exception of Jacksonville’s Shahid Khan, are clearly determined to make their league a place where the players are expected to show up, shut up, and play.