Cincinnati Bengals Discuss Kneeling with Eric Reid During Visit

Eric Reid is arguably one of the top-10 strong safeties in the NFL, and this offseason he is having a hard time finding a new home.

Reid is one of the most versatile safeties in the NFL and only 26-years old. So how is he still a free agent?

Well, Reid was one of the first players to openly support Colin Kaepernick (ex-teammate) in kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and social injustice. Reid continued his protest 2017 and watched how the league blacked-balled Kaepernick, while mediocre QBs like Scott Tolzien was signed.

Now that Reid is a free-agent he’s facing the backlash of kneeling during the national anthem. The Cincinnati Bengals of ALL teams, have decided that Reid’s protest is too much for them. During his visit with Cincy it has been reported that Bengals’ owner Mike Brown discussed with Reid that he has plans on prohibiting players from kneeling during the national anthem; with Brown asking Reid for his thoughts.

Reid could have easily said he will not protest, but he would not commit to not protesting at that time.

As the visit continued Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis gave Reid a chance to clarify his stance. Reid chose not to clarify or change what he said to Brown. At that point the visit ended with Reid leaving without a contract offer.

So the same Bengals that was willing to give running back Joe Mixon a chance even after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge, draw the line at a peaceful protest during the national anthem, OK!

Eric Reid is too good to pass up on, and the Bengals are a joke of an organization if they decide to go in another direction. As for Marvin Lewis he might want to look at himself as well and what he is willing to compromise as a leader of men.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Source: Pro Football Talk

 

Did Darren Wilson Deserve to Lose His Job?

After reading the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart’s piece ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ was built on a lie and the DOJ‘s report on the shooting of Michael ‘Mike’ Brown, I found myself asking the question; Did Darren Wilson deserve to lose his job?

Yes, I know Wilson technically resigned from the Ferguson Police Dept, but I think it’s safe to say that he had no other choice after all the protest. And, no this is not meant to make the comparison between Brown being dead and Wilson no longer having a job.

This is about a false narrative that spurred on a movement (#BlackLivesMatter), a movement that has purpose, but as Capehart points out a movement that started out with “an inappropriate symbol”. 

And if Mike Brown is “an inappropriate symbol”, is it right to continue to vilify Wilson and refer to him as someone who, “crawled from under a rock….”?

We need to do better and not jump to conclusions without all the evidence first.  If we continue to push these false narratives, we will only destroy our credibility.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

 

 

 

St Louis Rams Players “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”

St. Louis Rams‘ players entered the field today in front of their home crowd showing their support for 18-year old Mike Brown and all the protests this week after the Grand Jury decision not to indict former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.  The shooting and killing of Brown by Wilson has sparked debates in support of both sides. Clearly Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt make it clear who they are supporting.

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Curious to see any video on this and hear the reaction from the crowd. During the MLB playoffs, the St Louis Cardinals home games had moments where fans and protestors clashed  in shouting matches.

Update….

According to Dunk360.com there was a contingent of fans cheering “Don’t Shoot, Hands Up”

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

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