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Posted by linchao in Sports on August 31st, 2018

The NFL players’ union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league Harrison Phillips Jersey , alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners.

 

Reid, a Pro Bowler in 2013, had joined former teammate Colin Kaepernick two seasons ago in kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

Kaepernick wasn’t signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco. Reid continued the quarterback’s protests. The 26-year-old safety became a free agent this offseason when his rookie contract with the 49ers expired.

”Our union is aware that Eric Reid and his legal representatives filed a collusion claim, which will be heard through the arbitration process as spelled out in our collective bargaining agreement,” the NFL Players Association said in a statement Wednesday. ”Our union supports Eric and we are considering other legal options to pursue.”

Kaepernick previously filed a collusion grievance that is in the discovery stage. He deposed several league owners and executives, including Commissioner Roger Goodell. Reid is using the same attorneys as Kaepernick.

A league spokesman said Wednesday: ”We are abiding by the confidentiality provision of the CBA and have no comment.”

In March Lamar Miller Jersey , Goodell was asked about Reid, one of the better players at his position in the NFL, not having a job.

”I’ve said this repeatedly to you: The 32 teams make individual decisions on the players who are going to best help their franchises,” Goodell said. ”Those are decisions they have to make. They do that every day in the best interest of winning. Teams make those decisions. I’m not directly involved with that.”

Last month, Kaepernick praised Reid for continuing to make a stand for social justice when the quarterback was presented an Amnesty International award in Amsterdam.

”Eric introducing me for this prestigious award brings me great joy,” Kaepernick said. ”But I am also pained by the fact that his taking a knee Bennie Fowler III Jersey , and demonstrating courage to protect the rights of black and brown people in America, has also led to his ostracization from the NFL when he is widely recognized as one of the best competitors in the game and in the prime of his career.”

Holdout safety Earl Thomas reiterated Thursday he wants to be traded if the Seattle Seahawks aren't willing to offer him a contract extension.

Thomas explained the reasoning behind his ongoing holdout in a long post on The Players' Tribune . Thomas has skipped Seattle's entire offseason program and missed the first week of training camp.

Thomas said his holdout is entirely based around securing his long-term future with his current contract set to expire at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

"One of the reasons I've always played so hard is because I want my actions on the field to be able to speak for me," Thomas wrote. "But I can't do that right now 鈥?and I'm in a situation where I feel like I really have to say something. Not just on behalf of myself, but also for the other players around the league who are currently in the same position as me, or who will be in the future."

Thomas is a three-time first-team All-Pro and was the anchor for the Seattle defense that appeared in consecutive Super Bowls, winning the first. Aside from a broken leg suffered late in the 2016 season Stephen Anderson Jersey , Thomas has been a durable starter from the time he arrived in the league. Thomas has missed just seven regular-season games in his career.

Thomas said he was shaken by the injuries suffered by Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor 鈥?two other members of Seattle's "Legion of Boom" secondary 鈥?in a Thursday night game last season. Sherman ruptured his Achilles tendon, ending his season, and Chancellor suffered a neck injury. Sherman was released by Seattle in the offseason and signed with San Francisco. Chancellor 鈥?while not officially retired 鈥?is not expected to play again because of the neck injury.

"That Thursday night game really cemented in my mind the truth 鈥?which is that your entire life can change on one play. And when it does, no matter what you've accomplished in the past . you can still get cut without even so much as a negotiation," Thomas wrote.

Thomas said he's become frustrated with the insinuation that his holdout means he doesn't want to play in Seattle anymore.

"That's just not true, man. I love Seattle. But I'd hoped I wouldn't even have to say that. I'd hoped that the way I've played for this team over the last eight years would tell you all you need to know Nevin Lawson Jersey ," Thomas wrote.

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