The NFL has introduced a new slogan to illustrate the support of its players who are raising awareness of police brutality, discrimination, and racism: “It Takes All Of Us.”
“Us” does not include Colin Kaepernick and his former teammate – who recently played for the Carolina Panthers – Eric Reid.
Kaepernick called out the NFL on Twitter Sunday (September 13) for engaging in "propaganda.” The league has “End Racism” written in each end zone, the names of police brutality victims are written on the back of their helmets, as well Black Lives Matter on their helmets. Silent protests and interlocking arms were met with boos during the first game of the NFL season.
But the quarterback, who has been out of the NFL since 2016, believes Reid is also being blackballed for kneeling and his strong stance against racism and the league.
Kaepernick cites a Deadspin article titled "The NFL is Blackballing Eric Reid, too," which mentions that, despite being ranked by ESPN in late March as one of the best remaining free agents in the league, Reid hasn't been signed by a team.
After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, where officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for several minutes while Floyd screamed, "I can't breathe," the NFL followed the lead of its players, who went viral on social media in a strong message to the league to support marginalized Black people in the country. It also led the NFL to state there was mounting interest in signing Kaepernick, but the interest was a facade.
Kaepernick's pinned tweet is his message about Floyd.
In September, CBS’s rankings ranked Reid as the fourth-best available free agent, and he has since moved up to No. 2 after Antonio Brown.
“My agents have been in communications with teams daily, but there have been no developments,” said Reid to Deadspin.
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