Eric Reid, right, became one of the most polarizing figures in the NFL in 2016, when he kneeled alongside Colin Kaepernick, center, in protest of police brutality and systemic oppression toward minorities in America.
Eric Reid, right, became one of the most polarizing figures in the NFL in 2016, when he kneeled alongside Colin Kaepernick, center, in protest of police brutality and systemic oppression toward minorities in America. Nhat V. Meyer TNS
Eric Reid, right, became one of the most polarizing figures in the NFL in 2016, when he kneeled alongside Colin Kaepernick, center, in protest of police brutality and systemic oppression toward minorities in America. Nhat V. Meyer TNS

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