SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers gained’t be forcing their gamers to face in the course of the nationwide anthem, security Eric Reid stated Wednesday.
Reid, the primary participant to hitch Colin Kaepernick in protest final season, stated he had a dialog just lately with 49ers CEO Jed York, who indicated he’ll proceed to help his gamers in the event that they determine to kneel in the course of the nationwide anthem to protest social injustice.
“He’s expressed very clearly that he needs to help us, that he’s not going to pressure us to do something,” Reid stated. “Talking for our staff, that’s what he’s informed me explicitly.”
Greater than 20 49ers kneeled in the course of the anthem over the past two video games, whereas teammates stood behind them with palms on their shoulders. That was in response to President Trump’s condemnation at a rally final month of any participant that didn’t stand. Trump referred to as for house owners to launch gamers who didn’t stand.
Vice President Mike Pence attended the sport Sunday in Indianapolis and walked out after seeing these 49ers kneel, tweeting, “I can’t dignify any occasion that disrespects our troopers, our Flag, or our Nationwide Anthem.”
At its commonly scheduled fall conferences subsequent week, the NFL will talk about the anthem difficulty. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo circulated to league executives that the anthem matter is dividing the league from its followers, and the league wants to maneuver past the controversy.
That got here days after Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones, one of many NFL’s most influential voices, stated all gamers on his staff with stand or gained’t play.
“I do know this, we can’t … within the NFL in any method give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” Jones stated Sunday after a loss to the Packers. “We all know that there’s a critical debate on this nation about these points, however there isn’t a query in my thoughts that the Nationwide Soccer League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to face up for the flag. So we’re clear.”
Jones stated a current telephone dialog with Trump included the president saying there was an NFL rule forcing gamers to face. The league has no such rule, however its recreation operations guide references that gamers ought to stand. The league doesn’t plan on punishing gamers for taking a knee.
Reid, 25, is the 49ers’ participant consultant to the union. He stated he believed any change must be collectively bargained. The gamers’ union and league on Wednesday launched a joint assertion saying NFLPA…