It seems like a long time ago when embattled former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first kneeled for the National Anthem and that was the moment when we entered new territory since his act – in many ways – divided the country.
Kaepernick’s actions were divisive because those who disagreed with his kneeling felt it was an aggressively disrespectful act against those who to protect all Americans. On the other hand, his defenders believe it was somehow heroic even though their reasons why are ambiguous at best.
Fortunately, most NFL players don’t kneel anymore, but one of the NFL’s biggest current anthem kneelers just got caught in a huge lie.
You might be surprised to learn that the NFL’s ratings are mostly up this year except when a garbage primetime matchup occurred like when the Oakland Raiders visited the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football. It was CBS’ worst Thursday Night football ratings ever because the two teams barely had a few wins between them.
One might argue that the reason the ratings are up is because of better quarterback play by a slew of new bright stars like Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff or Baker Mayfield.
But it could also be the fact that most players have no interest in following Kaepernick’s initial divisive conquest.
However, there are others though that carry on his legacy like Carolina Panthers’ safety Eric Reid. He was jobless for several weeks during the start of this season because he claimed the NFL and owners blackballed him.
Then he claimed in a very “woe is me” petty way that the NFL targeted him with drug testing seven times in eleven weeks.
But the NFL AND the Players Union – the union that protects the players best interests – now claim that Reid was inaccurate with how many times he was tested, which flushed his whole pity argument of “targeting” down the toilet.
In a statement, the NFL and NFLPA wrote, “We take any claim questioning the integrity of our collectively bargained performance enhancing drug policy seriously. We asked the independent administrator of the policy to review and produce a report on the claims of targeting.”
You can read the whole statement here:
New NFL-NFLPA joint statement pic.twitter.com/mjnYRqNrrb
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) January 9, 2019
None of this should be surprising because Eric is known for this type of outrageous behavior.
Reid aggressively inserted himself into the kneeling conversation – they were teammates at the time when Kaepernick first kneeled, which brought national attention.
That’s when Reid joined his teammate and it almost felt like he was jealous of the national division that it caused. It was almost like he wanted in on the action.
And when Reid couldn’t find a job in the NFL after becoming an unrestricted free agent in the last offseason, he sued the NFL and team owners for collusion, just like what Kaepernick did.
But that lawsuit was only worth the paper it was printed on because the Carolina Panthers contracted him.
Then he got into a silly altercation with Philadelphia Eagles player, Malcolm Jenkins, after they played each other. Reid screamed at Jenkins that he was a “sellout,” for reasons that he never fully explained.
That should clue you in a little more about his jealousy because it’s as if the subtext here is “No, Colin Kaepernick is MY best friend!”
Maybe the reason why Reid wasn’t offered a job earlier is because this is how he acts all the time. He lies and accuses with no basis in reality.