Now that standing for the national anthem is required under the NFL’s new rule, some players apparently feel as though protesters Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid deserve spots on rosters — and they reportedly have a plan in place to help make it happen.
According to The Intercept’s Shaun King, “several star” NFL players “are considering sitting out the season until the de facto ban of Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick is removed and both men are given spots back on rosters,” and they aim to get 25 percent of players on board:
BREAKING: Several star @NFL players have told me they are considering sitting out the season until the de facto ban of Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick is removed and both men are given spots back on rosters.
They aim to get 25% of the players to sit out with them.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 27, 2018
Both Kaepernick and Reid have filed “collusion grievances” against the league, accusing team owners of deciding as a group not to sign either player, who were both committed to kneeling during the national anthem in their last days on the field.Grant Halverson/Getty Images
Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers following the 2016 season, has since failed to secure a spot on another team’s roster despite several teams admitting he’s a starting-caliber quarterback. Reid has so far not been picked up for 2018.
Now that sitting or kneeling for the national anthem is against official NFL policy, some players reportedly feel both men deserve positions with a team. However, their plan could get expensive, according to Pro Football Talk, as players can be fined up to $40,000 a day for skipping training camps.