Colin Kaepernick had some company tonight on the sideline.
Matt Maiocco from CSN Bay Area tweeted out that Reid took a knee next to Kapernick during the singing of the national anthem.
Ahmed Fareed of CSN Bay Area had the picture.
Kaepernick takes a knee during anthem. Joined by Eric Reid. pic.twitter.com/xNU5eaPr9x
— Ahmed Fareed (@AhmedFareedCSN) September 2, 2016
In another bay area football game, Jeremy Lane decided not to stand for the anthem in Oakland according to Scott Reid of KTVU.
Can't see from this far out but Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane sitting during anthem. pic.twitter.com/G2Aipijy6V
— Scott Reiss KTVU (@StanfordVoice) September 2, 2016
Also, like Kaepernick, this wasn’t Reid first venture into speaking about social issues. The pro bowl safety joined Duane Brown of the Houston Texans on The MMQB after the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Brown spoke in a piece titled “What does ‘Black Lives Matter’ mean, and Reid’s story was titled “My home.”
He talked about how the killing of Sterling disturbed him and reminded him of some of his own bad encounters with police.
“Man killing man is a tale as old as time,” Reid said. “One might think that we would have figured out how to stop pointless bloodshed by now. It’s 2016, and the tale continues. One would think that we’d learn by now how to live in peace. One would think that we are smart enough creatures to move past racial prejudices and discriminations, but it is apparent that we have not.”
The Kaepernick story has been growing all day. Nate Boyer was with the Seahawks during their 2015 training camp and, more importantly, was a Green Beret. He penned an open letter saying how he supports Kaepernick’s right to speak. Fox Sports Jay Glazer reported that the two met and talked for 90 minutes in San Diego earlier today.
Also, John Beech of CBS Sports reported that Kaepernick had been practicing in socks depicting police as pigs since at the latest August 10. The quarterback released a statement explaining that socks were directed at bad police officers that make if difficult for everyone else to trust the good officers. He also said the socks were in no way related to his protest from last week.
Kapernick has started something here. He has radio hosts enraged to the point of having to apologize, and gotten #veterans4Kaepernick trending.
For the past week the coverage of the NFL has centered around an athlete making a social statement. If nothing else, that is definitely not the status quo.