The video featured singer Alicia Keys singing “Raise Each Voice and Sing”
— referred to as the Black Nationwide Anthem — with photographs and photos of NFL gamers protesting this summer season and sporting “Black Lives Matter” clothes. The league used video of Kaepernick kneeling when he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers. The video was launched throughout the season opener Thursday
Kaepernick started sitting, then kneeling in the course of the Nationwide Anthem in 2016, performed his final recreation on January 1, 2017, and has but to be signed by a crew.
“What the @NFL is doing is half-hearted at finest,” Reid tweeted Monday
, including that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has gotten snug saying he “‘was unsuitable’ as if his mere acknowledgement reconciles his admitted wrongdoing.”
Reid mentioned Goodell is utilizing Kaepernick within the video to “legitimize their disingenuous PR whereas concurrently perpetuating systemic oppression, that the video he is utilizing fights in opposition to, by persevering with to rob Colin of his profession.”
“It is diabolical,” Reid mentioned.
Reid’s feedback come because the NFL and different sports activities leagues appear to be coming to phrases with the racial strife in America. The NFL, which condemned Kaepernick’s protest at first, is now supporting the Black Lives Matter motion. Goodell even instructed ESPN in June
that he’d assist and encourage a crew to signal Kaepernick.
On Sunday, Kaepernick tweeted in assist of Reid
, who knelt with him and was launched by the Carolina Panthers in March after enjoying two seasons with them.
“Whereas the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they’re nonetheless actively blackballing Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) for combating for the Black group,” Kaepernick tweeted. “Eric set 2 franchise information final 12 months, and is likely one of the finest defensive gamers within the league.”
Kaepernick accused NFL crew house owners in 2017 of colluding to maintain him from being signed. The NFL denied any collusion however in 2019, they reached a settlement
with Kaepernick and Reid.