Colin Kaepernick blasts NFL’s social justice initiatives, handling of Eric Reid

Colin Kaepernick Calls Out The NFL For Their 'Black Life' Propaganda & Blackballing Eric Reid (TWEET)

Among the scenes the National Football League included was one of Kaepernick and Reid kneeling during the anthem before a 2016 49ers game. The lawsuit was eventually settled and Reid signed with the Panthers.

Colin Kaepernick has branded the NFL's support for anti-racism protests at the start of the season "propaganda".

"He hasn't even called Colin to apologize, let alone reconcile, proving this is only PR for the current business climate".

While neither Kaepernick nor Reid were on NFL rosters Sunday, they nonetheless made appearances in uniform at every NFL stadium, in a video the league showed before its Week 1 games.

Reid continued, "Roger Goodell uses video of Colin courageously kneeling to legitimize their disingenuous PR while simultaneously perpetuating systemic oppression that the video he's using fights against, by continuing to rob Colin of his career". In retweeting a Deadspin article focused on his former reammate Eric Reid and his alleged blackballing from the NFL, Kaepernick blasted the league's social justice efforts, calling out what he sees as hypocrisy or at least a double standard. "Eric set 2 franchise records previous year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league", Kaepernick wrote.

Both men are free agents, with Kaepernick having occupied that status since 2017 and Reid having been released by the Carolina Panthers in March. The sides reached a settlement in February 2019.

The league has rolled out a number of initiatives, including allowing players to wear decals on their helmets with names of people killed by the police.

The only franchise to permit fans attendance on Sunday was the Jacksonville Jaguars, who - along with a number of other teams - stayed in the locker room during the singing of the national anthem.

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