NFL Star Players Might Sit Out Season Unless Colin Kaepernick & Eric Reid Sign With New Teams
According to Shaun King, some NFL players might not play this coming season until Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid sign with new teams.
The NFL has doubled down on its anti-protest stance by not only enabling athlete-activists such as Colin Kaepernick and free-agent safety Eric Reid to sign with new teams, but are now penalizing teams whose players decide to kneel or sit during the national anthem.
According to a new report from The Intercept’s Shaun King, certain players won’t be taking these actions lying down. The activist-and-reporter tweeted the other day that until Kaepernick and Reid are able to sign new deals with teams and play, NFL star players will sit out until that happens.
BREAKING: Several star @NFL players have told me they are considering sitting out the season until the de facto ban of Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick is removed and both men are given spots back on rosters.
They aim to get 25% of the players to sit out with them.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 27, 2018
As noted in the above tweet, King suggests that these players are hoping to get at least 25 percent of their fellow players across the league to engage in the sit-out. With Trump’s believing the NFL did the “right thing” with the anthem policy, and saying that those who don’t abide by it should “not be in the country,” this act of defiance may grow from just supporting Kaepernick and Reid to impacting the football league’s bottom line.
Kaepernick, who hasn’t played a down since 2016, has sparked a protest movement in the NFL when he began sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem in order to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality. Reid, who played alongside Kaepernick in San Francisco for four years, joined his teammate by kneeling. Since then, the two men have filed grievances with the NFL, saying teams have conspired to keep them out of the NFL as a result of their social advocacy.
With the football season inching closer and closer to its return, we will surely see who is going to be for making the changes necessary to have some semblance of equality and who is going to push to keep these invisible chains on those who choose to make an impact for social and racial justice.