Jets fumble wasn’t even the refs’ worst call of day49ers explain their anthem kneeling “hiccup’

After about twenty 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem in Indianapolis last week, prompting Vice President Mike Pence’s walkout, San Francisco safety Eric Reid is putting the blame on himself for having just seven players kneel Sunday afternoon in Washington D.C.

“We talked as a group and I was considering that since we were in the national’s capital, standing to finally put to bed accusations that we don’t respect the military,” Reid said following the 49ers’ 26-24 loss to the Redskins, per USA Today. “I did a poor job of getting back to all the guys saying, ‘Look, we’re just going to continue the message and continue to kneel, and it’s not about disrespecting them.’ So it was a hiccup on my part.”

Reid joined then quarterback Colin Kaepernick in taking a knee during the anthem last season. He knelt alongside wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, defensive lineman Arik Armstead and linebacker Eli Harold, among others, Sunday afternoon.

Set to attend the fall meetings in New York this week, Reid is hopeful the league and players can come to an agreement amid a tense political climate.

“My hope is that the NFL will be progressive and utilize their platform to bring awareness to these issues so we don’t have to protest anymore,” Reid said. “That will be the ultimate goal for me going into the meetings. We just want progress to be made on these issues. When Colin and I started these protests, it was to raise awareness. And so, the goal now would be to continue to raise awareness, but just through the NFL’s platform.”

While Reid focuses on his own agenda, Kaepernick is now taking a stand against the NFL, filing a grievance against league owners for collusion on Sunday evening.


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