Eric Reid's Cleats vs. Saints Feature Colin Kaepernick, Black Panther Members

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2018

Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid (25) knells along the sideline during the National Anthem before the start of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid has been one of the most vocal activists in the NFL, and now he is continuing his message with his cleats. 

He explained the importance of the design on Twitter ahead of Monday's clash with the New Orleans Saints:

Eric Reid @E_Reid35

My cleats for tonight. Much thanks and appreciation to the artist @2cent_bmike. Here’s his take on the inspiration behind his design, “It’s a tribute to the history of protest , centered around the quote “if not us , who? If not now, when? “ meaning we all benefit and stand on... https://t.co/x9PNkmwTK0

Among the images of people protesting is Reid's former teammate Colin Kaepernick, who appreciated the cleats:

Colin Kaepernick @Kaepernick7

My brother @E_Reid35 coming with the heat tonight! 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/mSJm4MTDun

The shoes also reference the Know Your Rights Camp, a youth campaign started by Kaepernick.

Reid was one of the first to join Kaepernick in protesting racial injustice and police violence while kneeling during the national anthem when both were members of the San Francisco 49ers. The safety has continued to kneel while a member of the Panthers.


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