A day after Colin Kaepernick accused the NFL of “blackballing” safety Eric Reid, Reid himself took aim at the league.
The 28-year-old free agent safety took to Twitter and blasted the NFL’s social justice campaign as “half-hearted at best” and called the use of Kaepernick in its video “diabolical.”
Reid pointed to the fact that while commissioner Roger Goodell has admitted wrongdoing for not listening to Kaepernick four years ago, he has not called the former quarterback to apologize. He added that it was “disingenuous PR” to use Kaepernick in the video while he remains unsigned since starting his peaceful protest during the 2016 season.
Both Reid and Kaepernick were included in the league’s video montage during the playing of the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which was shown at every NFL stadium.
On Sunday, Kaepernick criticized the league for “running propaganda about how they care about Black Life” and accused them of blackballing Reid, who remains an unsigned free agent despite a productive 2019 season with the Carolina Panthers that saw him post career-bests of 130 tackles and four sacks.
Players around the NFL this weekend use various forms of protest to shed light on racial inequality and police brutality – something Kaepernick began when he took a knee for the national anthem in 2016.
Reid, Kaepernick’s teammate at the time, joined him in protest.
The two also filed a grievance against the league alleging collusion between owners who were preventing them from being signed, which they settled in February of 2019.
Reid was eventually signed by the Carolina Panthers three weeks into the 2018 season, but was cut in March.