The San Francisco 49ers won't be forcing their players to stand during the national anthem, safety Eric Reid said Wednesday.
San Francisco 49ers player Eric Reid reminded the newest View co-host Meghan McCain of the real intentions behind the "misconstrued" and hotly debated National Football League protests. He's expressed very clearly that he will support us.
The week before the game against the Colts, the 49ers put forth a new demonstration in which 30 players knelt and others stood behind them with hands on the shoulders of those kneeling. Owners such as Jones, Jacksonville's Shad Khan, Washington's Daniel Snyder, who donated to Trump's campaign, locked arms with players. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo circulated to league executives that the anthem topic is dividing the league from its fans, and the league needs to move beyond the controversy.
Goodell wrote to all 32 National Football League teams following weeks of controversy surrounding the number of players who have protested against perceived racial injustice by taking a knee during the anthems.
In contrast to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has said he will bench players who don't stand during the national anthem, 49ers CEO Jed York has given his players his support.
Vice President Mike Pence attended the game Sunday in Indianapolis and walked out after seeing those 49ers kneel, tweeting, "I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem".
Goodell said the NFL also plans to review the issue during next week's fall league meeting in NY.
"I was hoping that it wasn't", going to shift the tone of the conversation, Reid said, "but I guess, they said it was going to be a one week thing when they did it". That he's not going to force us to do anything. At present, the league's policy only encourages players to stand for the anthem.
The following week, Kaepernick was joined by Reid and Eli Harold as all three players took a knee during the anthem. The players' union and league on Wednesday released a joint statement saying NFLPA leaders would be attending the owners' meetings in NY.