San Francisco 49ers player Eric Reid reminded the newest View co-host Meghan McCain of the real intentions behind the “misconstrued” and hotly debated NFL protests.
When McCain implied that kneeling during the national anthem is not “good for America,” Reid told-off the former Fox News host by explaining the protests have nothing to do with “disrespecting the military or the anthem,” like many conservatives believe. Instead, Reid reminded McCain that these protests — going all the way back to when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started them — were always about opposing “police brutality.”
During the segment, McCain attempted to defend Vice President Mike Pence’s highly-publicized walkout by asking if she would have “oppressed” Reid by bailing on an NFL game after players kneeled for the anthem. Reid responded in mic-drop fashion, saying, “You’re not the vice president” — which drew an “ooooh!!” from the audience.
“He went to that game knowing we’re going to protest again. He went to that game knowing he was going to leave so he could misconstrue our message more…Moving forward, I think something has to be done. In regards to police brutality, I don’t think they should be able to use lethal force when a citizen is unarmed. That’s a very simple start,” Reid said.
While appearing on the ABC daytime talkshow, the 49ers safety also opened up about the racial education he wishes to inspire through these protests, specifically, he talked about using his platform as a pro-athlete to teach others about the “systemic oppression of black and brown people.” Additionally, he continued to call out Pence for walking out of the Colts game on Sunday — which Reid has referred to as a planned “PR stunt.”
As for the original protester, unsigned quarterback Kaepernick, Reid said that the league “has turned their back on him,” explaining that front-offices and coaches see his situation as “a PR nightmare.”
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