Free-Agent Safety Eric Reid Files Collusion Grievance Against the NFL
49ers safety Eric Reid has filed a grievance
Ex-San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid — who repeatedly knelt with Colin Kaepernick during the anthem two years ago — has filed a filed a collusion grievance against the NFL. Reid, who became a free agent in March, has not been able to sign with an NFL team.
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According to ESPN, Reid is being represented by the attorney who represented Kaepernick, Mark Geragos. Allegedly, Reid’s grievances are similar to Kaepernick’s; the two players, despite being in or near the prime of their respective career — Reid is 26 and Kap is 30 — have not been able to get employment with a team.
Reports leaked that Cincinnati Bengals took a meeting with Reid. During the meeting Reid was asked if he would continue to protest, he said no. Bengals still remain the only team to take a meeting with the player.
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After the news came out on Wednesday, the NFL Players Association released a statement:
“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…Our union supports Eric and we are considering other legal options to pursue.”