The video shows singer Alicia Keys singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – better known as the Black National Anthem – with images and photos of NFL players protesting this summer and “Black Lives Matter” wearing clothes. The league used Kaepernick’s knee-cutting video when he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers. The video was released on Thursday during the season opener.
Kaepernick began sitting, then kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, played his final game on January 1, 2017 and has yet to be signed by a team.
“What @NFL is doing is half-hearted” Reid tweeted on Monday
Saying that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has gotten comfortable saying that he was “wrong” as if his mere acceptance supersedes the wrongdoing he has accepted.
Reid said that Goodell is using the Kaepernick in the video to “legalize his abusive PR as well as end the systemic harassment while using fights while continuing to rob Colin of his career.”
“It’s diabolical,” Reid said.
Reid’s comments are coming with racial conflict in the US, as do the NFL and other sports leagues. The NFL, which previously denounced Kaepernick’s opposition, is now supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Goodell told ESPN in June that he would support and encourage a team to sign Kaepernick.
on Sunday, Kaepernick tweeted in support of Reid
, Who knelt with him and was released in March by the Carolina Panthers after playing two seasons with him.
Kaepernick tweeted, “While the NFL has campaigned about taking care of black lives, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid (@ E_Reid35),” Kaepernick tweeted. “Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.”
Kaepernick stopped the NFL team from signing him, accusing him of complicity in 2017. The NFL denied any collusion but in 2019, they reached an agreement with Kaepernick and Reid.