MINNEAPOLIS (AP) San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid has resumed his kneeling protest for human rights during the national anthem, after joining then-teammate Colin Kaepernick’s polarizing demonstration last season.
Reid knelt while the Star Spangled Banner was played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday night, when the 49ers took on the Vikings in an exhibition. Reed stood for the anthem during the team’s first two preseason games. He initially said he’d stopped because of frustration last year about the way the protest was portrayed and perceived by some factions of the public.
The change of heart, Reid said after the 32-31 victory by the Vikings , came after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 resulted in the death of one counter-protester and injuries to many more.