Player protests during the national anthem, intended to raise awareness about African-American victims of police brutality, enraged many fans. NFL ratings dropped sharply. Some season ticketholders pledged to stop attending games. Coaches and owners squirmed, wanting to support players and their cause without deepening a potentially costly rift with parts of their fan base.
Among those kneeling, and speaking out publicly about the larger issues underlying the protests, was Reid, a 26-year-old former All-American at LSU. This week, Reid will begin to find out exactly how much that stand on principle could cost him.