Former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid made his first visit of free agency this week, talking to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday. Pro Football Talk is reporting that he took a physical and reviewed film with the coaching staff. PFT is also reporting he had what sounds like a rather pointed conversation with Bengals owner Mike Brown about his past decision to kneel during the National Anthem.
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 has said this offseason that he is not planning on kneeling during the Anthem this year, but one has to wonder how he felt about Brown’s comments. PFT reported that at one point later in the visit, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis asked Reid if he wanted to clarify what he had told Brown regarding the Anthem. Reid told him no and the visit ended shortly after that.
PFT made a good point to open the article about the Bengals decisions over the years to regularly overlook “actual and alleged criminal activities” when adding and/or keeping players on the roster. There is no word on how much Brown has directly involved himself in speaking to players when there are questions about criminal behavior.