In San Francisco, Reid was the first player to kneel alongside Kaepernick - and earlier this year, Reid filed a grievance against the National Football League and its teams, claiming collusion to punish him for his social advocacy. What's clear, however, is that Reid's comeback raises questions about Kaepernick's future, and it will undoubtedly have an effect on the players' upcoming arbitration hearings.
"I was definitely surprised, for sure", said Stills, who has kneeled during the anthem since the start of the 2016 season.
Kaepernick added that Reid is an "all pro safety who should have been signed the 1st day of free agency". The team has said that their conversations with Reid were strictly football related, as his ongoing legal battle does not impact his ability to play this season.
The safety, who filed a grievance against the league alleging the owners are conspiring to keep him out, was signed by the Panthers on Thursday, the team announced. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate as a rookie and was named to the All-Rookie Team. Reid had also worked out earlier this off-season for the Cincinnati Bengals, but wasn't signed due to his comments on the National Anthem according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
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Kaepernick called Reid "a social justice warrior" who is driven to help others.
"The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I've protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous", Reid tweeted in March.
The Carolina Panthers have brought a polarizing character back into the NFL. So to say that [they aren't patriotic] makes me so aggravated and angry. I don't think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem. "We were on the phone - 'What are you doing?' 'I just came from a workout".
Reid is now involved in a lawsuit against the NFL. "He deserves it and it's not right what's happened to him".