Anthem Kneeler Eric Reid on His Coach: 'Doesn't Have a Choice' But to Support Protests

Nick Kangadis | November 2, 2018

In yet another example of the intolerance the Left truly holds, while constantly espousing how “tolerant” they are, some on the Left don’t want people to have a choice in what they support anymore.

Much like all of the other things the Left forces upon the rest of us, now you apparently have no choice in what you accept, especially when it comes to “social justice.”

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, who was one of the first to join unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick in taking a knee during the national anthem, made comments on Wednesday that Panthers coach Ron Rivera “doesn’t have a choice” on whether he supports Reid or not when it concerns his disrespect for the anthem and the flag.

Even though Rivera personally disagrees with the protests, he reportedly has no problem with Reid’s continued efforts. Even though Reid already has the support of his coach, he still needed to be as confrontational as possible.

Here’s what Reid had to say:

Very respectfully, he doesn't have a choice. He’s entitled to his opinion, but I know what my rights are. His family was a military family much like many of my people were in the military. My cousin just got back from Afghanistan. My mom was in the armed services. My uncle was enlisted. The list goes on.

But when they get home they're still black in America. They're going to fight the same wars when they get home and still face the same things I'm talking about. So I get encouragement from my family that served in the armed forces because they agree with what I'm saying.

You have to love how Reid inserted “respectfully” before disrespecting a person’s right to their own opinion. “He doesn’t have a choice?” I’m sorry, if I heard someone say that to me about almost any topic, I would automatically choose the opposing side to the topic that the person said I didn’t have a choice about.

Let’s just say I have a small problem when people irrationally tell me what to do. I immediately rebel.

That’s why I don’t understand how a man like Rivera would continue to support someone that doesn’t accept his personal beliefs.

Rivera, who is a football lifer, took the high road and decided to keep his focus on football.

“Like I've always said about this stuff, the only time it's a distraction is when you guys bring it up,'' Rivera said, speaking about the media. "As I've always said, I try to keep these things separate. To me it's about playing football. The players know how I feel about everything. It's all about what's going on out on the field.”

Basically, Rivera gave a typical pro-athlete non-answer.

Reid also had to get in a dig on the anthem itself, calling it a song that “was created talking about killing slaves.”