Wednesday's NFL: Arbitrator denies Reid's grievance

Associated Press
Panthers strong safety Eric Reid, center, had his grievance against the Bengals denied by an arbitrator, a decision that has irked the NFL Players Association.

Eric Reid’s grievance against the Bengals has been denied by an arbitrator, a decision that has irked the NFL Players Association.

The union said that arbitrator Shyam Das found that the team asking Reid during a free-agent visit if he planned to kneel during the national anthem violated fair hiring practices. The union argues that standing for the anthem is not required in the labor agreement with the league.

The grievance claimed that Reid wasn’t signed by any team because of his anthem protests.

Reid is now with the Panthers, whom he joined this month and with whom he has continued to kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The interview with Bengals owner Mike Brown came in April.

“So when the NFLPA found out about my interaction with Mike Brown, they wanted to file the grievance on my behalf,” Reid said Wednesday. “And I agreed to move forward on that on principle.

“It’s interesting, it kinds of smells fishy that the arbitrator ruled that I proved the facts of the case, which are that they asked me some inappropriate questions, but he ruled I didn’t win the case.”

The Bengals said Wednesday they have no comment on the matter.

The union added, “We will review the decision more carefully with Eric and his lawyers to consider our next steps.”

Reid filed a collusion lawsuit against the NFL because he was not signed by any team after he left the 49ers as a free agent following the 2017 season. Reid was one of the first players to join former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in his protests of social and racial injustice during the anthem.

“We are going to move forward with the collusion case,” the safety said. “They are completely unrelated, that case was against the Bengals individually, and that (collusion) case was against the league as a whole.”

Broncos cut Kelly

Chad Kelly’s short stint as the Broncos’ backup quarterback is over, and his former teammates and ex-coaches are trying to ignore the distraction of his dismissal while keeping him in their thoughts.

The Broncos waived the second-year pro, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass after being accused of entering a couple’s suburban home uninvited.

General manager John Elway huddled with coach Vance Joseph and team President Joe Ellis and “we agreed that releasing Chad was the right thing to do,” Elway said.

“Even though Chad’s no longer part of our team, we’ve offered to help him however we can and are supportive of him in every possible way,” Elway added.

Joseph said after practice Wednesday that following many hours of meetings with Kelly and conversations with one another, the trio “thought it was the best thing for the Broncos — and for Chad” to waive him.

Extra points

Rod Rust, who coached Hall of Fame defensive lineman “Mean” Joe Greene at North Texas and later served as defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots’ 1985 Super Bowl team, has died. He was 90.

... A person familiar with NFL discipline said Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead is expected to be fined for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

... The Jets placed running back Bilal Powell (neck) on injured reserve, likely ending the season for the franchise’s 10th-leading rusher.

... Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett had shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

... Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson (hip) was placed on injured reserve.