Former 49ers Eric Reid, Torrey Smith spar on Twitter over Jed York donation
Former 49ers safety Eric Reid had some sharp words for 49ers owner Jed York on Saturday night.Reid, who knelt alongside Colin Kaepernick for the national anthem during the 2016 season, took to Twitter after York pledged to donate $1 million in the fight against racial discrimination.“Nobody wants your money Jed,” Reid tweeted. “We want justice. We’ve always wanted justice. Y’all are truly (deluded).”Torrey Smith, a wide receiver who played alongside Reid with the 49ers in 2015-16, leaped to York’s defense. He referenced “countless conversations” with York about these issues and expressed grati...
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How Will the New NFL National Anthem Policy Affect Next Season?
The pro football world was shaken up considerably when NFL executives agreed to a new policy that would require players to stand during the playing of the National Anthem or wait in the locker room, with a fine being issued to those who violate it along with a potential yardage penalty. As if the ruling itself weren’t controversial enough, several more revelations including that no formal vote was held by the owners during the discussion process, as well as Donald Trump‘s alleged influence on the decision, have only served to escalate tensions which were already incredibly high.For the time be...
Panthers WR Torrey Smith Says NFL’s National Anthem Policy Makes Kaepernick’s Protest Seem ‘In Vain’
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith is one of dozens of NFL players who have voiced disappointment with the league’s new policy on national anthem protests.Torrey Smith On National Anthem ProtestsThe NFL ruled last week that players must stand for the anthem or face fines, although they can choose to stay in the locker room if they wish. Smith said he feels like this decision makes it appear as if Colin Kaepernick‘s original sitting protest in August 2016 was all for nothing.“When you see reactive policy … I always think that’s a problem,” Smith said on Tuesday. “Especially when the m...