Eric Reid Files Collusion Case Against NFL ... Invokes Trump

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Reid is using the same attorneys as Kaepernick, Los Angeles-based Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas.

"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".

Kaepernick filed a similar grievance against the league previous year, claiming that the NFL and its owners colluded to "deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick's leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States".

Bleacher Report had Reid ranked as the 10th best safety in the league in 2017. Both players remain out of the NFL for what is widely considered to be due to their protests during the national anthem. He met with the Bengals in early April and the team reportedly asked him to commit to not kneeling during the anthem.

With the draft behind us, the starting spots available to Reid and his fellow free agents are dwindling.

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Reid becomes the second National Football League player to file a grievance under terms of the collective bargaining agreement between players and owners alleging collusion in response to the anthem protests.

"The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I've protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous", Reid tweeted in March.

Common sense says that Reid's activism has played a decisive role in his continued unemployment.

Reid was a former first-round pick of the 49ers.

The 26-year-old Reid has spent his career in San Francisco and was one of the first to follow Kaepernick's lead in taking a knee for "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest police brutality and discrimination against minorities in the US.