Free-agent S Eric Reid says he doesn’t plan to protest during anthem

By Chelsea Howard 23 March 2018 1273
Free-agent S Eric Reid says he doesn’t plan to protest during anthem

Former 49ers safety Eric Reid remains unsigned, but he told reporters he'll stop protesting during the national anthem if he's picked up by an NFL team.

"I'm not saying I'm going to stop being active because I won't. I'm just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country and improve on the issues happening in this country," Reid said, via NBC Sports. "I don't think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem. I say 'during' because it's crazy that the narrative changed to we were 'protesting the anthem,' and that wasn't the case. I think we're going to take a different approach to how we're going to be active."

Reid became one of the more visible protesters, along with former 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick, when he decided not to stand for the national anthem in 2016 and continued the protest into 2017. Last season, Kaepernick wasn't able to find a job and Reid understands his activism could affect his employment as well.

"I stand by what I've done," he said. "I know why I've done it. My faith in God is the reason. I can go to sleep at night confident that I did what I was taught to do. I'm just going to stay positive, keep training, keep staying in shape, and we'll see what happens."

Last week, Reid shared on Twitter that he believes his national anthem protests are the reason he’s still on the open market.

Reid was selected by the 49ers as a first-round pick in 2013 and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. He has 10 interceptions and 36 passes defensed in 70 career games, and despite the protests, general manager John Lynch thinks Reid is "stuck in a safety market that's been quiet." 

"Eric played and played well for us last year," Lynch said. "I would anticipate things starting to shake for him. We'll see."

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