Should the Cincinnati Bengals be ashamed of their mockery of a moral stance?

Eric Reid 2017 non-violent protest.  Image courtesy of lahud.com

Let’s get one thing straight, Eric Reid isn’t the only safety lingering in free agency.  He may not even be the best safety not yet signed, as Kenny Vaccaro, Quintin Demps ,and  Ron Parker, to name a few, are still waiting for a team.  Reid’s stats last season were pedestrian , as he played in 13 games. collecting 67 total tackles with two interceptions.  In comparison, Vaccaro who underwent core muscle surgery for an injury he played through, had 60 combined tackles, 1.5 sacks and three interceptions last season.

Reid however, is the one who choose to kneel in protest against social injustice during last season.  And Reid is the one who just came away from a visit with the Cincinnati Bengals where his play on the field seemed to be their last consideration.  According to Pro Football Talk, Bengals owner Mike Brown had a personal conversation with Reid.  Brown told Reid he planned to prohibit kneeling during the anthem.  Brown, “initiated discussion regarding the issue” and “the conversation almost exclusively centered on the topic”. So the Bengals seemingly draw the line at non-violent protests?

Interesting for a team that has never seem reluctant to draft/back players whose indiscretions were less non-violent.  According to a study conducted by USA Today, and reported by MassLive,  since 2000, the Bengals have the third most arrests in the NFL with 44.  Adam Jones  has the most arrest of any NFL player since 2000 with 10.  Overall, the Bengals have had nine assaults, nine DUIs and six domestic violence cases over the past 17 years.

And on the field one has to look no further than Vontaze Burfict, Burfict has been called for 15 unnecessary roughness penalties, a league high.  He has been suspended the most games due to on-field incidents, and has lost more then two million dollars in fines and forfeited game checks.  How does owner Brown address this?  “We’re lucky to have him.”, he has been quoted as saying.

So the owner is seemingly taking a stand, which is his right to do.  Do you question his moral fortitude?  Should we?

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