Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid reach settlement with NFL over kneeling protest fallout

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid reach settlement with NFL over kneeling protest fallout

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled their collusion lawsuit against the NFL.

The former San Francisco 49ers pair alleged in 2017 that team owners were colluding to prevent them from being signed in response to their kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality.

A statement on nfl.com read: “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances.”

Quarterback Kaepernick began his protests in the 2016 pre-season, initially remaining on the team bench during the anthem before refining his approach and kneeling on the sideline, where he was soon joined by then team-mate Reid.

Players throughout the league joined in with the protests during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, with the movement intensifying after President Donald Trump called for protesting players to be “fired” and labelled them “sons of b******”.

Kaepernick left the 49ers at the end of 2016 and has not played in the NFL since. Reid went unsigned in free agency ahead of the 2018 season but was later signed by the Carolina Panthers and has since earned a three-year contract extension.

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