Eric Reid wants the world to know he is an activist, that he stands up to the Big, Bad, Wolf, the big bad NFL. Reid wants people to know he stands for injustice, or in this case kneels for injustice. That is, of course, when he isn’t acting like a punk.
Reid confronted Philly’s Malcolm Jenkins before the Philadelphia-Carolina NFL game Sunday, calling Jenkins, amongst other things, a “sellout.” Reid’s beef is that Jenkins, when dealing with the social injustice brought to the forefront by Colin Kaepernick, made a deal with the owners of the NFL to donate significant money to charitable causes. That, apparently, rubbed Reid the wrong way because it made Jenkins look complicit with the NFL. At the end of the day, Reid thought Jenkins should have stayed away from any positive deal with the owners.
But, the truth is the “sellout” is Reid, who continues to take away from his support of Kaepernick by continuing to act like a bully. Reid runs his mouth more than my facet runs water, and it seems like he is always on the attack, pissed off all the time at whoever is in front of him. By doing so, his very meaningful cause — the support of Kaepernick — gets lost in all his arrogant bluster.
Great men have often sacrificed much to make their point. Dr. King, Nelson Mandella, Bobby Kennedy. In doing so, they took their stand against racism and injustice with dignity and grace, which is everything Eric Reid is not.
Reid acts like some of the thugs that surrounded the Nation of Islam in the 60’s, the same group whose hate and anger got Malcolm X killed. For them, it wasn’t about the cause, it was about the hatred, racism and, most of all, it was about themselves. That is how Reid comes across.
On Sunday, he not only confronted Jenkins before the game, he carried his dissatisfaction over to the game, then — of course — in front of the cameras afterwards. At each step, his only goal was to discredit Jenkins and make it seem like Jenkins’ opinions were somehow diminished because he actually worked with NFL owners for a solution. At every turn, all Reid did was draw attention to himself instead of to the cause that supposedly means so much to him.
At the end of the day, through all the nonsense, Jenkins handled himself with grace, refusing to verbally attack Reid when reporters confronted him. At a time when he could have retaliated, Reid chose to take the high ground, stand up for the cause, and not let the noise diminish the issue at hand. Truth be told, Reid could learn a few things from Malcolm Jenkins.