Eric Reid Continues Protest, Kneels During National Anthem in First Game With Panthers

Reid was the first teammate to join Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem.
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Panthers safety Eric Reid kneeled during the national anthem on Sunday, continuing his protest of police brutality and racial inequality from his time with the 49ers. 

Reid suited up for the first time in 2018 on Sunday against the Giants, after remaining a free agent through the first three weeks of the season. In 2016, he was the first player to join Colin Kaepernick in protest during the national anthem. Reid played 13 games for San Francisco in 2017. 

Reid discussed the possibility of continuing his protest upon joining Carolina on Monday, telling the media he had yet to make a decision. Reid noted he would continue to speak out against racial injustice regardless of his actions during the national anthem, adding, "nothing will change unless you talk about it."

The LSU product received support from his teammates on Sunday. Following the anthem, Reid was reportedly, "hugged by several teammates," per ESPN's Jason Reid.

Reid is currently engaged in a collusion case against the NFL, seperate from the suit filed by Colin Kaepernick. Reid alleges that NFL owners worked to keep him unsigned during free agency due to his protests during the national anthem.

After the game, Reid told reporters he told coach Ron Rivera before the game that he would be protesting, but added, "I don't think I need anybody's approval to do something."

Reid also said getting back on the field Sunday was "bittersweet."

"We won the game, but Colin is home with my kids," Reid told reporters. "He should be playing."

Carolina defeated New York 33-31 thanks to a Graham Gano 63-yard game-winning field goal with one second remaining. Reid finished the game with three tackles.