Eric Reid Claims Late Hit on Ben Watson Was Unintentional

Dont'a Hightower

The play drew considerable scrutiny from analysts and fans alike, however, given a Twitter spat between the two outspoken players only days earlier. We'll see what the league decides to do with it.

After offseason surgery, a second such procedure over a relatively short time frame, Newton made his much anticipated preseason debut against the New England Patriots. "I'm sure I'll end up getting a fine, but I'm just playing the game".

As for why he applied the late hit, Reid added: "Just trying to stop him from getting a first down". Shortly after, he went to the locker room and was done for the night.

Reid said after the game the hit had nothing to do with Watson's tweet. "We are all one continuation of the generations who fought before us". Cross tweeted the following quote from Reid criticizing the Player's Coalition: "Since the $89 mil announcement with the Players Coalition, what's come of that? It gives you a little better understanding of what they're looking for and how they're calling the game, which is helpful to us because we want to coach it properly so that we don't end up with any coach infractions".

Watson was injured on the play and didn't return.

Reid's recent headlines center around his disapproval of the NFL's partnership with Jay-Z, though, he's previously been known to settle a grudge on the gridiron that originated from an off-field spat.

Reid was penalized for the play and will likely receive a fine from the league within a week. Kaepernick began the anthem-kneeling movement in 2016, in his words, to bring light to social injustices, and was joined by then-teammate Reid.

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