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According to the sometimes-reliable Shaun King, “several” “star” NFL players are considering sitting out this season unless former 49ers second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick and fellow national anthem protester Eric Reid are signed to teams.

King reported Sunday that these same “star players” aim to get 25% of the league participating in their boycott.

Both Kaepernick and Reid have filed “collusion grievances” with the National Football League, claiming that owners decided, as a group, to lock them out of playing professional football. Kaepernick hasn’t played since 2016, when he turned down a one-year contract to play quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, in search of a better deal — something he apparently thought his protest qualified him for. Reid played in the 2017 season but has not yet been picked up for the 2018 season.

Now that the league has an official policy on national anthem protests, these “star” players feel Kaepernick and Reid should get roster spots, according to NBC News.

If King’s report proves true, this could be a costly season for some NFL players; teams may fine players up to $40,000 per day for sitting out training camp, and players who don’t play won’t earn their per-game checks, and some may even have to give back any signing bonus they received on condition that they play weekly in the NFL. That’s a lot of money to forfeit for two players who aren’t necessarily at the top of their respective games.

NBC’s analysts say they haven’t heard any rumors of players not showing up for training camp, and if players wanted to protest, there are “optional” team activities they could sit out during the summer at no cost.

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34 Comments
Dusty June 4, 2018
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Please sit this coming season out and maybe the teams can go and recruit a group of college players who would love to just play and have the opportunity. Saw one players home in Florida recently worth multi millions and could have made a home for how many homeless today? One can live in over 20,000 SF on an ocean just because they can play ball where are we today in this USA . No, I am not saying be communist and share all but WHY this way to live and we talk of our kids at a loss in their lives that they now go and shoot up schools ? So okay sit out and see if we the fans care anymore. Guess what we don't.
SusanP May 30, 2018
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By all means, go ahead and sit out the season. Most of the fans no longer bother to watch NFL games anyway. Perhaps after the additional destruction of your childish "sitting out" in protest the entire league will collapse. THEN, perhaps it can be rebuilt with players who are NOT mindless thugs behaving like irate toddlers. It would really be nice to be able to watch the NFL return to what I remember from 50 years ago when players came to play and entertain the public and NOT to protest imaginary discrimination. Those players also did not beat their wives or girlfriends or get arrested for felonies on a regular basis. PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE SIT OUT THE SEASON!
Karen May 30, 2018
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PLEASE do!! That will absolutely FINISH OFF the NFL and we won't have to put up with you MORONS any longer!!
Susan Winchell May 30, 2018
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They won't do this! Just like all the celebrities that threatened to leave the country if Trump was elected-yet here they all still are residing. Morons.
Battman May 30, 2018
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Go ahead and go on a strike “Make my Day”. Stopped watching the NFL long before the fool took a knee, got tired of the Premadonnas that think the world owes them something because they played a children’s sport. Nothing like kind of men that played football in the early days of football up until the late 90’s. It was and continues to be my favorite sport, that’s why we have college football!
EX-NFL fan May 30, 2018
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Please sit out. Please, please, please. I say, kneel during the National Anthem and you don't play in that game or get paid for it. It is your right to kneel and it is our right to not play you and fine you because you broke the rules. Simple. Just do this and they will quickly stop kneeling. Also, I think if you are CONVICTED felon, bye bye, you are gone for life. That's what happens at most responsible companies. ZERO TOLERANCE. I don't want to watch a bunch of THUGS play a game. I know this is a pipe dream and will never be implemented but I can wish can't I?
Eddie Fast May 30, 2018
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Let 'em sit out the next 20 seasons.
Vic May 30, 2018
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Poor owners. They are used to sitting up in their fancy suites in billion dollar stadiums payed for by the taxpayers that just want forget about politics for 3 hours on a Sunday. Then there are the pampered spoiled players who are used to having anything they want because they can run fast, throw a football or knock someone’s head off. Who cares about the working stiffs who have to shell out, at least $100 to take the family to a game that has degenerated to a contest between the Bloods and the Crips. The NFL has let their greed nearly ruin the most popular game in the country. I say a pox on both of your houses and I have better things to do on a Sunday afternoon like rearranging my sock drawer.
Carole Shirreffs May 30, 2018
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You cannot even begin to imaging how pleased I would be if these (expletive deleted) sat out the season. May I dare hope?
Gerry Millar May 30, 2018
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Sit out the season? Great. I'm tired listening to these puffed up meatheads. If you want to dishonour the flag do it on your own time. So sit out, then you'll have lots of time to do your kneelie thing at your local park.
quasimodo May 30, 2018
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refusing to play is a contract violation and cause for termination, anyone who refuses to do the job they are paid to do should be fired on the spot and told so before the season begains! if the nfl owners are smart they will start holding try outs so they have a giant list of of people willing to do the job they are over paid to do!
NAM VET 2 May 30, 2018
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NOW THE PLAYERS ARE RUNNING THE NFL? I SUGGEST WE STOP SUBSIDIZING THE NFL STADIUMS AND ALLOW THEM TO BUILD THIER OWN DAMN STADIUMS. W/O THE PUBLIC PAYING FOR THESE THE PLAYERS SALARIES WILL COME DOWN TO WHERE THEY SHOULD BE. I THINK THAT ANY PLAYER THAT SITS OUT A GAME SHOULD BE BLACK LISTED. THE PLAYERS CAN'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S WE WHO PAY THEIR SALARIES. I FOR ONE AM TIRED OF SEE PLAYERS FLAUNT THE LAW.
ChuckyBaby May 30, 2018
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This is hilarious. Goodbye, NFL... you're done!
spiegel May 30, 2018
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I would love to see them sit out the entire season, I am getting tired of seeing them trying to rule the league. I would not miss them!
Chuck May 30, 2018
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It is all relative if they all sit it out. The teams can hire those guys who were not "good enough" but they would be good enough against each other so people would enjoy it, and at less cost. I am old enough to remember when pro football players had to work "summer jobs" to survive...not advocating that any more, but a couple hundred thousand, not $50 million, blah, blah. Our President doesn't even get $500,000.
Wilma May 30, 2018
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Go ahead and sit. Everyone is replaceable. There are plenty of unknown 'stars' out there. 'Tis high time to let them shine!
Kkoz May 30, 2018
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Walk-ons welcome. Lmao
Laurie May 29, 2018
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Boo freakin' hoo. They've already ruined football for half of us, let them lose out on millions, we'd welcome that.
Cathy May 29, 2018
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Looks like the "feel free to sit out" have it! Majority rules!!
Ladelle W Rose May 29, 2018
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Go on you idiots. DO IT!!!! Soccer, baseball, NASCAR, basketball etc will just step right in your time slot.
Jerry Sandy May 29, 2018
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Hey players protesting on the field! Do us all a favor – feel free to sit out the entire season, and as a matter fact all NFL seasons entirely
Ron Hyland May 29, 2018
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I'm sure this is BS but if it is true then by all means take a hike!
paulette barrow May 29, 2018
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SO SIT IT OUT,SEE HOW MANY ACTUALLY GIVE A CRAP
MAC May 29, 2018
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Rarely would anyone; myself included, put any faith in another millionaire losing millions for another political activist. What a joke the anti Americans have become. It’s so blatant and in your face the animosity they have for being American. Maybe after sitting out and losing more revenue would the NFL hire a League leader. Given their recent plight, it’s a mob run thug league.
Gerald Snyder May 29, 2018
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I hope the hell they do sit out the season and hope the NFL goes bellyup with the group of overpaid thugs. Half of them belong in prison but keep getting get out of jail, free passes. They are not worth 10 percent of what they get paid. But I don't care as I quit watching all sports over 3 years ago, just like anything else they have a hand in, the blacks destroy it with their uneducated mentality.
Michael McPoland May 29, 2018
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Please, please, oh please...sit out the season. Take all of the other players with you. Shut the league down. See how it goes for you. I don't care about the NFL or your misguided thoughts. Go home and pout about that bubble gum brained [email protected]#$.
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