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Thread: Kneeling issue arises during Bengals’ meeting with Eric Reid

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    Kneeling issue arises during Bengals’ meeting with Eric Reid

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 11, 2018, 9:28 AM EDT


    Over the years, the Bengals have looked the other way on a variety of actual and alleged criminal activities when signing, drafting, and/or keeping players. When it comes to one specific type of conduct that is neither illegal nor a violation of any applicable rule or provision of the relationship between the NFL and its players, that could be where Bengals owner Mike Brown draws the line.

    Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Brown personally met with Reid when Reid visited the Bengals on Monday. Brown, according to the source, initiated discussion regarding the issue of kneeling during the anthem. The conversation almost exclusively centered on the topic, with Brown explaining that he intends to prohibit it — and with Brown at one point asking Reid for his response.

    Reid, caught off guard by the line of questioning, wasn’t willing to make a commitment on the spot. Last month, Reid said he’s currently not planning to kneel or otherwise demonstrate during the anthem. But Reid, who is considering other options for bringing attention to societal issues he considers to be important, hasn’t made any final decisions, and he wasn’t willing to do so at the direct request and behest of Brown.

    After the meeting with Brown, Reid took a physical and spent time reviewing film with members of the coaching staff. He developed a clear sense that the coaches (specifically, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin) were interested in signing Reid and weren’t concerned about whether he’d kneel or otherwise demonstrate during the anthem or at any other time. Late in the visit, however, coach Marvin Lewis asked Reid if he wants to clarify anything that Reid told ownership regarding the anthem. Reid said that he had no clarifications or changes to make to what he had said, and the visit ended not long after that without an offer being made to Reid.

    Reached for comment by PFT regarding the alleged interactions between Brown and Reid, the Bengals provided the following statement: “The Club conducts many interviews with players throughout the year, The Club views these interviews as confidential and does not comment on them.”


    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ith-eric-reid/

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    Sounds like Mike Brown has a problem with an entirely peaceful protest. If true it won't matter what his coaching staff wants.

    If Reid is smart, and by all accounts he is, he'll stay in San Francisco on a 1-year deal and revisit free agency next year.

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    Ahh Florio’s famous anonymous source

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    This pisses me off and is entirely believable.

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    I wish there was a way to +1 posts on this thread. I would do so to the last 3 posts.

    Florio is bad. MB is dumb. and this angers me.

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    Yeah, Florio's anonymous sources, I ain't buying it.

  7. He is not asking a question that his father would not have asked: We will have x rules of conduct. Will you abide by x rules of conduct, if we hire you? A simple yes or no will suffice. The politics or popularity of what x rules of conduct are not material. Remember another Cincinnati team which imposed certain rules of conduct that were politically unpopular at the time?


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    Ever notice that the teams that had the most kneelers (i.e. Browns and 49's) were the WORST teams?

    I usually disagree with MB on most things, but I'm with him on this one.

    We have enough problems without adding Reid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkansas Bengal View Post
    Ever notice that the teams that had the most kneelers (i.e. Browns and 49's) were the WORST teams?

    I usually disagree with MB on most things, but I'm with him on this one.

    We have enough problems without adding Reid.
    I’m sure it had nothing to do with their lack of quality QB play...

    It’s funny that same people that defend the Mixon pick also defend mike potentially not wanting a guy that kneels. Seems a little backwards. And I actually like Mixon. (This part isn’t directed at you AB)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkansas Bengal View Post
    Ever notice that the teams that had the most kneelers (i.e. Browns and 49's) were the WORST teams?

    I usually disagree with MB on most things, but I'm with him on this one.

    We have enough problems without adding Reid.
    The Patriots had 12 guys kneel. Jags had a lot as well. I'm not seeing any correlation between kneeling and winning/losing football games.

    On the other hand, not signing a guy who your coaches badly want to bring in because he won't make any political promises to the owner is the type of move a losing franchise makes.

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