Eric Reid is known as a terrific NFL safety. His views on the league’s NFL anthem policy are also understood, with the former teammate of Colin Kaepernick choosing to kneel in what he and many others deem a patriotic display.
On Sunday, Reid chose to kneel again prior to the Panthers home game against the New York Giants. As if this was anything new, some Panthers fans chose to criticize Reid for continuing his display in Carolina.
@Panthers I knew Eric Reid was a bad choice. A new owner who just pissed off the south. You better fix this. We don't play that way in the south. #StandForOurAnthem
— Kelly (KC) Challand (@challandusa) October 7, 2018
He is good at football, you know. That’s what matters here.
with the new owner who thinks this is ok and then they signed this idiot, I am done with the Panthers. The new owner need to realize what area his team is located. I dont know who is the biggest idiot the new owner or reid.
— stacey seay (@stacey_seay) October 7, 2018
You guys really have too much time on your hands.
Well, Eric Reid debut and he takes a knee. Well done @Panthers well done. I’m officially done. PSLs are in the market and I will NOT be back.
— Harold King (@haroldkingphot1) October 7, 2018
Surely the Panthers aren’t in the business of trying to lose fans. But Reid’s play on the field outweighs the perceived negative impact he may have on the fanbase.
Eric Reid is nothing but a piece of crap. Panthers management, you better get rid of this scumbag because I'm no longer watching the team. I've been a fan since 1995 and I am done
— Rob Scott (@BoiseManicBeast) October 7, 2018
Reid is a tremendous football player and a borderline Pro Bowl-caliber talent. Who cares if his views differ from yours?
Certainly I’m not here to tell you how to feel, or act for that matter. Winning can mend all voids, and that’s precisely where Reid’s goals intersect with the dreams of Panther Nation.