This NFL anthem-kneeler’s protest could be coming back to bite him in a big way
Eric Reid was one of the first players to kneel during the national anthem alongside Colin Kaepernick.
The national anthem protests spread across the league and resulted in lower ratings for the NFL as patriotic Americans shut of their TVs.
Now the ex-49ers safety is a free agent and his actions could be coming back to bite him.
The NFL free agency period – the time when teams can sign players not under contract – kicked off this week with many players receiving big paydays.
But Eric Reid was not among them.
The outspoken Black Lives Matter activist took to Twitter to point fingers at NFL owners for not signing him.
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.
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) March 15, 2018
GMs aren’t the hold up broski. It’s ownership. People who know football know who can play. People who know me, know my character. https://t.co/M9ULziZg5V
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) March 16, 2018
Our advice: it’s probably not a good idea to call out potential employers while you’re looking for a job.
It’s still very early in the 2018 NFL offseason, but Eric Reid’s market is on life support.
Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick is still working out and trying to get back in the league.
In the past Kaepernick has complained that NFL owners are colluding to keep him out of the league.
The fact of the matter is the NFL is a business.
As Patriot Pulse reported, NFL ratings fell by 9.7% during the 2017 regular season and average viewership dropped by 1.6 million fans per game.
NFL owners who are desperate to keep their fans could avoid players simply for the massive baggage they bring.