SPARTANBURG, SC (WNCN) — Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid says he will continue to bring awareness to police brutality and injustice by kneeling during the National Anthem.
Reid began kneeling with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016. The two later sued the NFL in a collusion case, saying they weren’t signed by teams due to their stance on the anthem.
That case was settled earlier this year.
Reid, who tallied 71 total tackles and one interception in 13 games last season, told Sports Illustrated that he hasn’t seen much change in the United States and that it is getting worse for African-Americans.
“It feels like we’re going backwards,” Reid said. “You’d like to think we’re past certain things, the way we treat people. I thought we were at a time where you love your neighbor as yourself. But as I’ve studied history — it hasn’t repeated itself necessarily, but it’s dressed a little different and is acting the same.”
The aforementioned Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned. It is unclear if Reid’s teammates will join him in kneeling.
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