NFLPA file grievances on behalf of Eric Reid

  • NFLPA file grievances on behalf of Eric Reid

NFLPA file grievances on behalf of Eric Reid

Less than a week after free agent safety Eric Reid filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, the NFL Players Association announced it has filed a non-injury grievance on Reid's behalf.

The last line of the listing from the NFLPA loops in the Bengals: "At least one club owner has asked pre-employment interview questions about a player's intent to demonstrate".

Reid was the first teammate to protest alongside former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who hasn't played in the league since 2016 and filed a collusion grievance against the NFL in October.

Just days after another player filed a grievance against the NFL claiming he has been blackballed for protests, the NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals for the way the franchise has approached conduct during the national anthem, according to the Washington Post. We imagine these questions are all incorrect, given league policy. Referring to the labor agreement with the league, the union notes that NFL rules supersede any conflicting club rules. Reid, who joined with former 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick in 2016 when the latter began his protests of social injustice during the anthem and continued them a year ago, said earlier this offseason that he didn't plan to continue the protests.

The union did not identify the teams involved. Reid is represented by lawyer Mark Geragos, the same man who is now representing Reid's former teammate, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, in his suit against the league. The NFLPA is likely referring to a report from Pro Football Talk that Bengals owner Mike Brown quizzed Reid about his intention to kneel during the national anthem next season. Today they welcome all NFL Players who have joined in the prosecution of the NFL for their conspiracy and illegal acts. Reid has cited his social activism including kneeling during the national anthem as reason for him remaining unsigned. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with the NFLPA in our fight for justice, equality and inalienable rights of all Americans".

The 49ers, meanwhile, have said that they would consider re-signing Reid.

Reid has indicated he won't protest during the anthem this season.