Jed York

Eric Reid: 49ers won't force players to stand for anthem

The San Francisco 49ers won't be forcing their players to stand during the national anthem, safety Eric Reid said Wednesday.

Reid, the first player to join Colin Kaepernick in protest last season, said he had a conversation recently with 49ers CEO Jed York, who indicated he will continue to support his players if they decide to kneel during the national anthem to protest social injustice.

"He's expressed very clearly that he wants to support us, that he's not going to force us to do anything," Reid said. "Speaking for our team, that's what he's told me explicitly."

At its regularly scheduled fall meetings next week, the NFL will discuss the...

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