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.

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.

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68 Responses

  1. Mike H says:

    Some football players No what to do with the money that they have made. But most of them don’t. So these two jerks are probably close to being out of money or will be shortly. With the way the NFL is going right now ,I can’t imagine any team wanting to employ these two clowns.

  2. Bob Hunt says:

    It would appear that these two loud mouths have talked themselves out of a job! Great!

  3. Mark says:

    I think it’s time we use the players an NFL for this races act so we can not enjoy our favorite sport ever Sunday. They make millions off the team’s an politics are not part of sports.

  4. Leo says:

    NFL is done . Gone. History. Me &. Thousands I know will never watch it again. Cry babies will always be cry babies. It’s disgusting.

  5. Mike H says:

    That flag represents a lot of blood sweat and tears. Some young punk football player has no idea what that really represents. With money they think it brings them power .Because they’re good at a football game does not mean they have any kind of life experience.

  6. KAZ says:

    I VOTED NO BECAUSE THEN THEY WILL CRY THAT IT’S RACIST OR IT’S MEAN. IT’S UP TO THE OWNERS TO TELL THEIR PLAYERS THAT KNEELING IS DISRESPECTFULLY AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. IF THE OWNERS DON’T THEN THEY WILL LOSE THE REVENUE OF THE FANS, LIKE THEY DID THIS YEAR. OR ANOTHER FOOTBALL LEAGUE WILL OPEN UP. IT’S UP TO THE OWNERS AND I SAY ANY OWNERS WHO DOES ALLOW KNEELING, WELL THEIR FRANCHISE SHOULD LOOSE BIG TIME, THAT IS MONEY. WHICH IS ALL THAT MATTERS IN TODAY’S SOCIETY.

    HECK I HEAR ENGLAND NEEDS FOOTBALL TEAMS. GO KNEEL TO THE QUEEN. OR THE MAYOR OF LONDON WHO SEEMS THE ONE IN CHARGE OVER THERE.

    • Bob says:

      The answer is so simple I am amazed no one has thought of it. STOP PLAYING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM BEFORE THE GAME!!! if THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE KEEP ALL THE PLAYERS IN THE LOCKER UNTIL IT IS OVER!!!!!!!!!!! Either one of these will keep the whiny ass little boys from making a statement. Remember these dirt bags wear costumes not uniforms and no one gives a rat’s ass about their opinion on any subject.

  7. Irene K. says:

    Eric you said it right. They do not love this Country-THEY do not belong here-LEAVE THIS COUNTRY WE DO NOT WANT YOU. ALL SHOULD BE
    DEPORTED WE HAVE SOME BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE OF YOUR COLOR THAT IS LOVED AND RESPECTED YOU HAVE DISGRACED THEM AGAIN
    I SAY PLEASE LEAVE YOUR NOT WELCOMED HERE.

  8. Vicki Martin says:

    Are NFL football players protesting the 630,000 white men who died freeing their enslaved ancestors and ensuring they, multi-millionaire football players, would be born in freedom? Are they against the 30 plus government programs targeted to help blacks specifically? Is Affirmative Action insulting that mandates education and employment positions be given African-Americans over often better qualified Caucasian -Americans? African-Americans are about 15% of population yet are 70% to 80% of NFL players. Perhaps NFL should have more “diversity”.

    While the Constitution guarantees GOVERNMENT ’will not…abridge freedom of speech” a business can require employees to behave respectfully—or leave. Teachers, shop clerks, fast food workers have been fired for being insulting. NFL owners support their players’ disrespect for the country providing the most personal freedoms of any society in history. Perhaps protesting players and NFLs’ spineless owners could spend their billions on scholarships, training programs, etc to bring down the unemployment rate of young black men (393 times higher than US average). [1]

    HOW INSPIRATIONAL!
    . I am informing NFL sponsorsI will no longer be their customer as I refuse to subsidize, even second-hand, a bunch of arrogant ingrates. Equally, I resent having my tax money go to pay for 36 professional sports stadiums at a cost of$3.2 Billion in the last 17 years. [2] Bravo to Rep. Steve Russell for sponsoring a bill to end federal financing of professional sports venues.

    Sincerely,

    Vicki Martin

    Clearfield, UT

    [1] https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/ali-meyer/unemployment-among-black-youth-393-higher-national-rate

    [2] https://www.brookings.edu/research/why-the-federal-government-should-stop-spending-billions-on-private-sports-stadiums/

  9. Jarhead says:

    Get the whining, creep off the playing field ….. his brain injury is obvious.

  10. Michael says:

    I hope the SOB’s phone never rings from any NFL team…he makes wayyyy to much “AMERICAN” money for playing a game on American soil and he won’t stand for the National Anthem…my money says United States of America on it…I wonder what that over paid football zero’s money says?

  11. Mike says:

    That flag is everything to me.I would have died for it.

  12. Donna says:

    A couple of small minded cowards in costumes.

  13. Milton Bedell Jr says:

    While I don’t condone prejudice against someone following their beliefs, if their actions result in a loss of revenue to the businesses that employ them, then the compensation they receive for their services should be equal to the losses that their actions brought to their employers business.

  14. Charles Bush says:

    These over paid, over rated, premadonnas need to disappear or see any other country would put up with their bull s##t. Try this nonsense in china or n. Korea & see where it gets them–shot.

  15. Jim says:

    During work hours, an employee can be expected to behave in a certain professional manner. Their actions are a reflection of their employer and these employees could and should be held accountable for their actions. Certain high-profile jobs demand an even higher professional manner while doing their job . . . Pro-Football is one of these jobs!!!

    • Marty says:

      Jim, you’re exactly right. I never understood everyone saying they had a right to protest on company time, that it was a first Amendment right. Couldn’t be further from the truth. The 1st Amendment becomes relevant when they are on their own time and not one second before. I haven’t watched a game since the beginning of the 2016 season, and have no intentions to change that. For me it is now Saturday night college football.

  16. These so called “kneelers” can take a flying leap off of a very tall building. As far as playing football goes, I hope that every single “kneeler” never plays another down of football again, because they ruined the NFL and took what was an American tradition and killed it. I will never watch the NFL again.

  17. demarree1 says:

    Reid and Kaperd*ck can go to Hell, I hope neither of them ever play football again!! I wish the NFL would fire all kneelers. I no longer watch the NFL and never will until all the kneelers are gone and the NFL gets the 90 million back that they were blackmailed to give to the BLM terrorist cult. Shame on the NFL and all the cowardly owners!!

  18. two bears says:

    i viewed pro football as entertainment. it no longer is entertaining, i no longer waste my time watching drama in the end zone. when pro players realize they are reducing their value for the sake of demonstrating their political/personal views then maybe a return to the original purpose for their employment will take place. otherwise, learn another trade.

  19. mike says:

    Cry me a river rich bitch. Be sure to complain of racyism and poor pitifullllllllly me because I a black idiot. May the NFL fade away.

  20. Ken Coutts says:

    Guess you can pump gas till something better comes along

  21. P.J. says:

    Boycott everyone of them. Since these players do not respect our country and our way of life maybe they should move elsewhere. We don’t need them here.

  22. jb says:

    the national anthem was written about a flag. just happened to be the United States . Treat it good, it treats you better. Treat it bad, it treats you worse. Think about that,reid.

  23. JJ says:

    IN 2019 the NFL could fold because of some NFL player dispute about salaries of the players, might even be a strike by the players. The NFL =NOT FOR LONG!

  24. lenny g. says:

    I am soooo tired if these moronic crybabies. Are they that stupid not to see they are killing the NFL by their idiotic protests, Pro football is a business and in any other business if you engage in a protest during working hours you will probably be fired. Well, NFL fans, theiy defacto employers said, sorry you’re fired.

  25. lenny g. says:

    Well, this is one time the players can’t cry racism, because 70% of the NFL is black. Maybe Reid should try stupidism.

  26. Phil says:

    Losers..

  27. Phil says:

    LOSERS…..FOREVER AND ALWAYS….

  28. kenneth r golightly says:

    I was an infantry squad leader in Vietnam and will never watch another NFL game. Take your millions and go to another planet.

  29. Gerry says:

    The fact that he is a member of the blm organization would be enough for me not to sign him. Teams don’t need his kind of turmoil. Try the CFL — they may be okay with kneelers and blm members.

  30. truth says:

    We are raising spoiled children , not all but many. Each of us needs to do our part and raise our children to show respect for authority and above all respect our God Almighty.

  31. Wayne says:

    If you don’t support the USA, go play football somewhere else. It’s that simple. We don’t want you and the owners lose money because of you. You are not wanted here in America.

  32. Leo says:

    There’s always a few bad apples that will rot the whole bushel!! Get them out of there!! STAND FOR AMERICA & THE BRAVE

  33. Susan says:

    This is what you get when you slap over half of the country in the face! your ex-Fans are happy to see that many of you will not be playing this year because of the kneeling good luck finding another job that pays millions to play with a ball! Maybe you should have thought about this little thing called KARMA! We

  34. elwin h page says:

    Thank God and all who died to make this the GREATEST county on the planet, and for those ignorant ungrateful among use, be apprised PATRIOTISM is alive and well.

  35. Donald Kilb says:

    Stupid multimillionaire Snowflakes and their supporters.

  36. Mike says:

    Eric Reid, go kneel for your next paycheque.

  37. rd says:

    stupid Negroes

  38. Janet E Wiley says:

    I believe that they cannot show respect for this country they need to leave and live somewhere else. Men fought and died for the right to hang the US flag and I will not allow them to disrespect it

  39. Rich Kenny says:

    You got what you bought!!! College Football is fine with me.. they are controlled and do not do stupid things or the University kicks them…. but out there in the pro circuit. when you act stupid or disrespectful…. you get the results that you have encountered… so wipe your stupid tears and go out and get a real job…. and start acting properly or you will again be in the soup line at the local welfare house…

  40. Eric Miklas says:

    If I were a team owner (and I realize this is a fantasy),…… I wouldn’t want a single player on my team that kneeled and would release any who did so afterwards ! ! ! No exceptions for better players either. KiperD*CK started this on “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” which was PROVEN to be false. They this entire BULLSH*T movement (since Ferguson) IS AN OUT AND OUT LIE, PLAIN AND SIMPLE ! ! ! These players disgraced our Nation, Our Flag, Veterans, THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS and most importantly,…… THEY DISGRACED THEMSELVES AND THEIR RACE ! ! ! Great work guys ! ! ! The only oppression going on in America today is against white males ! ! ! And that’s a FACT ! ! ! This is Obama’s TRUE LEGACY,…. he left the country far more divided than when he was elected ! ! ! The REALLY, REALLY SICK AND SAD PART ABOUT THAT??? OBAMA DID IT ON PURPOSE ! ! !

  41. Sorry I skipped your poll; last few years of primarily African players antics has totally eroded any enthusiasm I ever had for the sport. Yawn…..

    • cliff says:

      You got that right! If it wasn’t for some kind of a “ball” to play with, these animals would be out on the streets selling drugs, murdering, or robbing and raping.
      That is why our prisons are full of the one’s that didn’t play “sports”. (seems that is the only thing these a-holes know how to do.)
      Put them in a REAL job and see how long they would last. (not long) They would be crying “oppression”…or “racism” if they had to actually WORK for a living.

  42. Sunny says:

    I am 74 years old and have watched football all of my adult life….I haven’t watched it this year with all of the protests going on and if I do watch in the future I won’t watch any teams that have someone who had disrespected our flag and country by kneeling on it…..

  43. hey Reid ….looks like you made your own systematic oppression FUAH

  44. Bob Knapp says:

    If I were a team owner, every player would know that their showing such disrespect for our country would mean “Cut me”.

  45. ernaldo says:

    Yeah, you poor oppressed sub human morons, see if someone with NO other skills other than playing a dumb game, could yield you millions in any other country. As for me, I’ll NEVER watch another millisecond of nfl football again. The golden goose may have already been slaughtered.

  46. Jarhead says:

    One of millions of American’s boycotting the NFL and very happy they aren’t oppressed millionaire NFL thugs/players/idiots.
    Salute our Flag and Thank our Vets ……..if this offends you – – L E A V E !

  47. Leo Kibler says:

    Consider The protest a success now go get a real job asshole. Respect respect respect. You idiots spit on the whole country go scratch an egg.

  48. Jeanie says:

    OH! I couldn’t agree more with the 6 post before me. Eloquently stated and true. You bought your own baby.

  49. Alan Hall says:

    The football field and others are not the place for protest…it is your work place. Do it outside on your own time. Also if you think it is your skin color that is what people hate you MAYBE….just MAYBE tell your brothers not to commit crimes and obey the LAW. You will then get new respect from others. White people do not just hate for no reason, they want what you want and that is respect and be able to live a good life. We can live in harmony but it takes all of us working together.

  50. Mo says:

    I understand the fact that you want to bring attention to the wrong doings of the past in our Great Country, but to disrespect the National Anthem and our Flag of the Country that affords you the opportunity to earn a living playing a sport is something that I can not support. Now if you want to use your voice in protest and try to help bring change to correct these perceived wrong doings, I will stand beside you in support, but to disrespect the People who fought and died to bring you this opportunity, well Sir, you are own your own.

  51. Bear says:

    It’s not about racism, black lives matter or Police brutality.
    It is about MONEY.
    You and your little on the job antics cost the NFL owners your employer’s MONEY.
    If you were a pizza delivery person and did the same then the Pizza owners would do the same.
    They would fire you and not hire you.
    This is how Business works.
    I terminated my DTV account over them mandatory by force charging me extra to have the NFL which I did not want, your antics cost a lot of companies MONEY.

    If you want to blame someone, blame Colin K., BLM, Mike brown even but if you want to know who is the ultimate one to blame……………………look in the mirror fool.

  52. Mike says:

    I wouldn’t hire anyone who has protested the national anthem. You’re getting a life lesson. Show some respect and gratitude for those who fought and died for your freedom to protest.

  53. Stephen says:

    I have a news flash and a question for Eric Reid. Have ALL of the Black Players been let go and not resigned? NO? Then its not racism and the problem is YOU and persons like you. This is a learning moment in personal development. YOU had the right under The Constitution to do your protest, but there are consequences for every action especially from People Exercising Their Right not to sign you up for employment. Lesson Learned. Move on.

    • Judy says:

      Correct, they play a GAME for our entertainment and become millionaires because of the support from the people they accuse of being racists. How does that work out? Wouldn’t bother me one bit if the NFL and all it’s ego manic crybabies go away for good.

  54. Judy says:

    Excuse me while I get my violin and Kleenex out in show of respect to all the “oppressed” thugs who are so mistreated.

    • Michael says:

      Judy can I borrow a Kleenex….sniffle…sniffle…don’t you just feel sorry for those over paid, over rated multi millionaire’s

  55. Boyd Mower says:

    I know for years young men and women have given there life for our freedom you would thank that we could show a little respect for them by putting our hand over our hart and standing up straight during the National Anthem thanking of them.

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