Eric Reid is once again is following in the first steps of his former teammate Colin Kaepernick – and this time, he wants to see Roger Goodell in court.
According to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, Reid is reportedly suing the NFL – alleging it secretly conspired to prevent the former 49ers safety from playing another down in the league.
Source: Former 49ers safety Eric Reid has filed a collusion grievance against the NFL. Reid's attorney is Mark Geragos, who's also represented Colin Kaepernick. https://t.co/8MaBD0cC0k
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) May 2, 2018
Statement on Eric Reid Collusion Grievance pic.twitter.com/Z4eGAADCoE
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) May 2, 2018
The NFL Players Association is backing Reid’s decision.
“Our union is aware that Eric Reid and his legal representatives filed a collusion claim, which will be heard through the arbitration process as spelled out in our collective bargaining agreement,” The NFLPA said in a statement Wednesday. “Our union supports Eric and we are considering other legal options to pursue.”
Reid recently doubled down on his support of Kaepernick and his mission in a recent closed-door meeting with team owners.
Eric Reid, who knelt alongside Colin Kaepernick, called out NFL owners in a closed-door meeting. pic.twitter.com/zWVnqTL5E7
— SB Nation (@SBNation) April 25, 2018
Last Fall, Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the NFL. Kaepernick claimed teams joined forces to keep him out of the league after the quarterback polarized the nation with his decision to kneel during the national anthem. Kaepernick says the gesture was not intended to disrespect the flag – instead, he wanted to peacefully protest racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.
Reid began kneeling for the national anthem alongside Colin Kaepernick in Week 3 of the 2016 NFL preseason. For that reason, the 26-year-old safety believes he has been blacklisted since becoming a free agent in March when his rookie contract with San Francisco expired.
Reid will also be repped by Mark Geragos, who was Kaepernick’s lawyer for his suit.