Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Eric Reid to speak with NFL owners about national anthem protest

Eric Reid to speak with NFL owners about national anthem protest

Seven San Francisco 49ers kneeled during the anthem Sunday. ESPN reports that all the players then stood while the anthem played and that some locked arms.

"I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem". President Donald Trump tweeted that he had told Pence to exit if a protest occurred, costing the public some $90,000 to prove a political point. "I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen". Reid said he will talk to owners about the protest and social justice. "He's fired! He's fired!'" A number of players followed Kaepernick's lead by taking a knee during the anthem previous year.

The league released a joint statement with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) earlier this week saying that they would work to advance the mission of the protests, which have called attention to issues of racial injustice and police brutality toward African-Americans.

Why is the National Football League getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country?

Some NFL players continued to protest during the national anthem on Sunday, after President Trump repeatedly criticized the league for its handling of the demonstrations.

Last week the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, said players should stand for the anthem as it emerged that the protest movement was affecting the popularity of the country's richest league among large sections of its fanbase. The trio previously knelt during the anthem, but Dolphins coach Adam Gase implemented a policy requiring all players to stand, the Sun-Sentinel reported. It discussed a possible rule change that would force all players to stand while the anthem plays. But now this has morphed into something that is seen as divisive and disrespectful toward the flag and our servicemen and women by a segment of the country, and that's not what was intended by the players or the NFL.

After the loss to the Colts, Reid said he thought Pence's actions were planned, calling it a "PR stunt".

The NFL and NFL Players Association released a joint statement last Wednesday, saying that representatives from the players' union will be at the owners meetings in NY this week to discuss the controversy.

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