Eric Reid didn’t answer questions on whether his protests would continue when he took the field with his new team, the Carolina Panthers. But he let his actions speak instead.
On Sunday as the national anthem began, the safety dropped to one knee.
— Josh Sims (@JoshFox46) October 7, 2018
Reid was a teammate of Colin Kaepernick’s on the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 when the exiled quarterback began his protests. He was the first to join Kaepernick in kneeling to bring attention to police brutality and racial inequality.
New Panthers owner David Tepper has publicly supported the players’ right to protest — which may have aided in bringing Reid to Carolina. In an interview with CNBC, Tepper gave his opinion.
“These are great young men. So to say that [they aren’t patriotic] makes me so aggravated and angry. It’s just wrong, it’s dead wrong.”
Reid started for Carolina on Sunday, of course. As of this writing, the Panthers are clinging to a 20-16 lead. And their newest safety has three tackles.