S Eric Reid: 49ers won't force players to stand for anthem

Ruben Hill
October 12, 2017

San Francisco 49ers defensive back Eric Reid met with CEO Jed York, who told him no players would be forced to stand for the national anthem, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Speaking for our team, that's what he's told me explicitly", Reid said.

As first reported by ESPN on Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to all 32 teams saying in part that, "Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem".

"He's expressed very clearly that he wants to support us. It is an important moment in our game", Goodell wrote.

National Football League owners are reportedly planning to discuss the issue at their scheduled fall meeting next week.

"He went to that game knowing we're going to protest again". "We just want to do that - we want to make our country better".

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones Sunday said any of his players that didn't stand during the anthem would be benched, which came in stark contrast to statements issued by owners throughout the league highlighting "unity" following President Donald Trump's condemnation of players kneeling for the anthem before Week 3. Signs point to the NFL eventually requiring players to stand for the national anthem. Owners such as Jones, Jacksonville's Shad Khan, Washington's Daniel Snyder, who donated to Trump's campaign, locked arms with players.

The 49ers' strong safety said he was first inspired to join Kaepernick's protest in the aftermath of Alton Sterling's death in Reid's hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The players' union and league on Wednesday released a joint statement saying NFLPA leaders would be attending the owners' meetings in NY.

"It's definitely not about the anthem, the flag or the military".

"I know this, we cannot.in the National Football League in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag", Jones said Sunday after a loss to the Packers. Instead, Reid reminded McCain that these protests - going all the way back to when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started them - were always about opposing "police brutality". Last month, York was the third owner to issue a statement in response to Trump, terming his comments "callous and offensive".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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