The anti-American anthem protests must haunt NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in his sleep.
Protesters have caused a massive hit to the league’s brand.
Now one active anthem protester is making another huge accusation against the NFL.
Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a phenomenon that spread like a virus when he kneeled for the Star-Spangled Banner.
The mainstream media turned kneeling into a tacky social media fad.
Ironically, Kaepernick said Hillary should be in jail for her malfeasance regarding the illicit email server.
Kaepernick’s former teammate and close friend Eric Reid kneeled by his side each week.
For a host of reasons Kaepernick remains unsigned, but Reid was acquired by the Carolina Panthers.
Prior to signing with the Panthers, Reid joined Kaepernick’s collusion lawsuit against the NFL, claiming he was being blacklisted for his political stance.
However, Reid didn’t even wait 72 hours into the free agency period to cry foul play.
Suing the NFL isn’t the best way to ingratiate yourself with owners, general managers, and coaches.
The Cincinnati Bengals brought in Reid for a tryout, but decided not to offer him a contract.
Nevertheless, Reid was ultimately signed, completely undercutting his baseless collusion narrative.
Reid has had a tumultuous season that included an ugly showdown with fellow anthem protester Malcolm Jenkins.
The two men had a disagreement on how to handle negotiations with the NFL regarding funds for the players’ activism.
After the game, Reid called Jenkins a “sellout” and a “neo-colonialist,” which screams radical leftist indoctrination.
Jenkins, one of the most vocal protesters, led the player coalition and saw the league earmark $89 million for the players’ causes.
But in Reid’s warped view, Jenkins sold out some nebulous revolutionary movement.
It’s almost as if Reid is being handled by Kaepernick and his handlers, similar to how the Nation of Islam acted as de facto managers for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar before he broke away from the racist organization.
Reid also claimed that he was being unfairly targeted for personal foul penalties.
Now Reid is accusing the NFL of orchestrating random drug tests against him.
According to Reid, he’s been drug-tested seven times in 11 games.
However, the NFL says drug testing is random and computer-generated, and doesn’t release private testing data.
So it’s impossible to know if Reid is telling the truth about his tests, and whether or not seven tests is a statistical anomaly.
Even if it were, that doesn’t prove a concerted effort on the part of the league to target Reid.
The NFL would have to be foolish to open themselves up to that level of backlash by inappropriately honing in on Reid.
That said, Roger Goodell badly botched the anthem protest issue.
It wouldn’t be a total shock if the feckless commish presided over yet another scandal.
If the NFL were somehow found responsible for zeroing in on Reid, it would give legs to Kaepernick’s collusion lawsuit.
Such a revelation would destroy the NFL for good.