Colin Kaepernick is no longer in the NFL — which, when one considers that Derek Anderson and Cody Kessler are getting snaps at quarterback, is fascinating — and the White House-driven conversation about pregame national anthems in the league largely has receded.
That’s because Kaepernick’s former teammate with the San Francisco 49ers, safety Eric Reid — who is still kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” with his current club, the Carolina Panthers — made his personal conflict with Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins a very public matter.
First, Reid went out onto the field to jaw at Jenkins, who was near the Eagles logo before the game. They got in each other’s faces — Jenkins with a helmet on, Reid without — until officials, coaches and teammates separated the pair. Then, after the game, Reid did not shy away from telling reporters exactly what he thinks of Jenkins.
This all stems from Reid’s split from Jenkins’ The Players Coalition after the group sought to get pregame demonstrations to stop if the NFL made charitable donations to causes they support. Reid also was bothered by Kaepernick’s exclusion from meetings on the issue.
“We believe a lot of players should have stepped up for Colin,” Reid said Sunday. “I believe Malcolm capitalized on the situation. He co-opted the movement that was started by Colin to get his organization funded. It’s cowardly. He sold us out.”
When Reid’s comments were relayed, Jenkins said: “I’m not going to get up here and say anything negative about that man.”
Kaepernick, meanwhile, tweeted out a message of support for Reid.
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