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Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Union Files Grievance Against NFL Supporting Eric Reid

Union Files Grievance Against NFL Supporting Eric Reid

The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals for asking a free agent about their stance on the national anthem protests.

In its statement, the NFLPA stated that "There is no league rule that prohibits players from demonstrating during the national anthem", and that the NFL made clear that it respects players' right to such demonstration.

Kaepernick previously filed a collusion grievance that is in the discovery stage.

"Colin [Kaepernick] and Eric have taken courageous action at the expense of their professional careers and personal lives", Reid's attorney, Mark Geragos said in a statement to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. "We believe these questions are improper, given league policy".

Both grievances are now subject to a confidential arbitration process under terms of the collective bargaining agreement between National Football League owners and the players' union.

The NFLPA told the agents of this year's free-agent class who demonstrated during the national anthem to collect and report relevant information about teams' questions to them in regards to the protests.

Reid had filed his own grievance Wednesday, charging owners with colluding to keep him out of the league.

Reid and other players knelt during the pre-game anthem last season. This one doesn't address the idea of individual team policies on the anthem as much as the idea of what questions are and aren't appropriate to ask prospective employees in interviews. "They did these selfless acts because they wanted to shine light on inequity and oppression".

Namath said he thinks the league is "smarter" than colluding against players who have knelt, adding the two are "good enough" to still be employed. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with the NFLPA in our fight for justice, equality and inalienable rights of all Americans".

Reid was noncommittal on the issue during the meeting, and the Bengals have not signed him. Reid continued the quarterback's protests.

FILE - In this October 2, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif.

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