Almost a month into 2018 NFL free agency, former Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid has yet to find a new team. And two weeks after a contingent of players, including fellow safeties Devin McCourty and Malcolm Jenkins, said the ex-San Francisco 49ers starter is being ignored by teams because of his outspoken role in protesting social injustice alongside former Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick, another veteran has spoken out in support of Reid.
Authentic Mens Nickell Robey-Coleman Jersey Reid himself acknowledged before the end of the 2017 season that his protests, which he’s said he will not continue in 2018, might make him an unwanted man in free agency. And when free agency actually began, he wasn’t shy about telling fans that NFL team owners — not general managers — were behind his lack of job offers. A first-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2013, Reid joined Kaepernick in kneeling during anthems to protest systemic racism in 2016, a year before hundreds of others players partook in protests in the lead-up to an $89-million charity partnership with the NFL. He missed nine games between the Jon Gray Jersey 2016 and 2017 seasons due to injuries but was a full-time starter for San Francisco from the start of his rookie season.
By 7 a.m. Saturday, Peterson was on the road. Two hours later, he pulled up to Yankee Stadium, and four hours after that this unlikely call-up was in left field waving to the Bleacher Creatures after right-hander Sonny Gray delivered the first pitch of the game to Baltimore Orioles leadoff hitter Trey Mancini.
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You’ve got to prepare to be ready for this opportunity always, no matter what happens in the spring or what happens the day before, said Peterson, a 27-year-old from Lake Charles, La. That’s the beauty about baseball.
Peterson joined the Yankees with 383 games of big-league experience playing the last four seasons with the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves, but this was his first visit to Yankee Stadium and the first game in left field all season for a guy who only played infield until he was in the majors.
I gave him some advice, said Brett Gardner, who has shifted from left to center since Aaron Hicks went on the DL on the second day of the season. I just told him to catch the ball and throw it back in. I tried not to make it too complicated.