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Eric Reid, Dontae Johnson, Marquise Goodwin post video in support of Colin Kaepernick

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Players are pushing more to get the original message across.

Last weekend saw NFL teams and players conducting more demonstrations than anything we’ve seen in recent memory. Some of the demonstrations were in earnest, while others could be viewed as cynical attempts to co-opt Colin Kaepernick’s original meaning.

Kaepernick’s message has been lost in a lot of this, but some of his teammates from the 49ers wanted to make sure his message was heard. There have been a lot of questions about it this week, and we’ve seen a host of players discuss it. Eric Reid, Dontae Johnson, and Marquise Goodwin offered up this video in support of Kap.

Eli Harold, who took a knee last year with Kaepernick and Reid had this to say to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner earlier this week

“It's shifting, it's really important because like I said, people are focusing on the wrong things," Harold said. "They take guys words and twist them around. It's not right and I feel like they know what they're doing and they're doing that to kind of flip the narrative and get people to look at something else to take their focus off of what the real issues are. I feel like it's all a setup man. But like I said before, to each his own, we all have our right to our own opinions and we'll see how it goes. I really feel like this is going to be a long, long, long journey ahead of us. This is something that could last forever. This is something that could roll over to baseball players. The NBA players are already doing it. Everyone is not brave enough to start something, that's why Colin is the most brave person I've ever seen in my lifetime for taking a knee."

Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea was the opponent player conference call with 49ers media, and he had a chance to discuss the protests and Colin Kaepernick in great detail. You can listen to audio here.

And of course, Eric Reid offered up a lot of detail on his thoughts in a 22-minute press conference, below. The message has regularly been lost as people have focused more on the method of the protest than the substance. Hopefully the substance will get a little more focus as we move forward.