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San Francisco 49ers won't be forcing players to stand, says Eric Reid

San Francisco 49ers won't be forcing players to stand, says Eric Reid”

Trump praised Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Monday after he said his players would not play should they "disrespect" the flag during the anthem.

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. "And that's all we're doing - exercising it", Reid said. "I need [ed] to use my platform to speak out for people who didn't have a voice".

But Lockhart said Tuesday, "I don't believe that the anthem per se is an issue that's collective bargained".

"Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem". It is an important moment in our game.

At its regularly scheduled fall meetings next week, the National Football League will discuss the anthem issue.

Reid was posed a question about the national anthem Wednesday while speculation floated indicating the league was looking at changing the policy enforcing players to stand. The players' union and league on Wednesday released a joint statement saying NFLPA leaders would be attending the owners' meetings in NY.

After President Trump's harsh criticism of protesting National Football League players September 22, the majority of National Football League teams issued statements in response and their players locked arms in shows of unity two days later. That was in reaction to President Trump's condemnation at a rally last month of any player that didn't stand. Trump called for owners to release players who did not stand.

Reid says those issues "include police brutality, systemic oppression of black and brown people", making clear that "it's not about the anthem the flag or the military".

"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".

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.

Injury report: Reid (knee) and inside linebacker Reuben Foster (ankle) returned to team drills, although they were limited and head coach Kyle Shanahan has yet to commit to them playing Sunday at Washington.



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