The Carolina Panthers officially welcomed safety Eric Reid to their 2018-19 campaign for an NFC South title on Sunday, October 7 – and the former Pro Bowl star predictably brought his long-standing national anthem protest along with him, ABC News reports. All eyes had been on the newly acquired Reid – and whether he’d bring his politics to town. Sure enough, as the tens of thousands on hand took to their feet for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Reid got down on one knee. As ESPN would report, Reid minced no words in stating his intention to continue forth with the collusion lawsuit that he has filed against the league.
After the game, Reid spoke unapologetically about his motivations to become the first Carolina Panther’s player to make a statement against racial injustice during the patriotic pregame ceremony.