Eric Reid and the NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals that has been denied by an arbitrator. The grievance was filed after Bengals owner Mike Brown asked Reid if he would keep kneeling during the national anthem after Reid started kneeling with Colin Kaepernick.
“It’s interesting, it kind of smells fishy that the arbitrator ruled that I proved the facts of the case, which are that they asked me some inappropriate questions, but he ruled I didn’t win the case. But we’re going to move ahead with the collusion case,” Reid said.
The Bengals brought Reid in as a free agent before the Carolina Panthers ultimately picked him up in September. The Bengals did not sign him, and the grievance was filed because Reid felt that the Bengals did not negotiate in good faith. The grievance argues that the Bengals were not going to sign him if he chose to continue kneeling during the anthem, despite standing for the anthem not being a rule in the collective bargaining agreement.
“Arbitrator Shyam Das issued a decision yesterday siding with management and denying Eric Reid’s claim against the Cincinnati Bengals,” the NFLPA said. “We are disappointed in this decision, especially since the arbitrator affirms the facts which our filing was based upon and provides no in-depth analysis of why management can engage in behavior that violates fair hiring practices.”
The Bengals have not yet commented on the ruling, but Reid still has a grievance filed against the NFL that is still pending. This grievance argues that the NFL owners and the league conspired to hire him because of his kneeling.