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NEW YORK (AP)The NFL players’ union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league Y.A. Tittle Jersey White , alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners.Reid, a Pro Bowler in 2013, had joined former teammate Colin Kaepernick two seasons ago in kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.Kaepernick wasn’t signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco. Reid continued the quarterback’s protests. The 26-year-old safety became a free agent this offseason when his rookie contract with the 49ers expired.”Our union is aware that Eric Reid and his legal representatives filed a collusion claim, which will be heard through the arbitration process as spelled out in our collective bargaining agreement,” the NFL Players Association said in a statement Wednesday. ”Our union supports Eric and we are considering other legal options to pursue.”Kaepernick previously filed a collusion grievance that is in the discovery stage. He deposed several league owners and executives, including Commissioner Roger Goodell. Reid is using the same attorneys as Kaepernick.A league spokesman said Wednesday: ”We are abiding by the confidentiality provision of the CBA and have no comment.”In March, Goodell was asked about Reid, one of the better players at his position in the NFL, not having a job.”I’ve said this repeatedly to you: The 32 teams make individual decisions on the players who are going to best help their franchises ,” Goodell said. ”Those are decisions they have to make. They do that every day in the best interest of winning. Teams make those decisions. I’m not directly involved with that.”Last month, Kaepernick praised Reid for continuing to make a stand for social justice when the quarterback was presented an Amnesty International award in Amsterdam.”Eric introducing me for this prestigious award brings me great joy,” Kaepernick said. ”But I am also pained by the fact that his taking a knee, and demonstrating courage to protect the rights of black and brown people in America, has also led to his ostracization from the NFL when he is widely recognized as one of the best competitors in the game and in the prime of his career.”— Joe Staley wasn’t crazy about the idea of changing his equipment after 15 years of doing things the same way, with good results.But last fall, because of rules designed to protect players, he changed helmets.“It’s something that needs to be done,” Staley told Peter King of NBC’s  Womens Nick Mullens Jersey , in an interview conducted last fall. “And I think I’m a perfect case study of why it needs to be done. I wouldn’t have changed my helmet unless they made these rules changes.”Of course, Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown doesn’t want to do just that, and has filed a grievance over keeping his old helmet (which the league’s safety rules have deemed obsolete). That may be just part of the story which has taken so many twists and turns, but the willful hostility toward safety is the most peculiar to players who have dug deeper into what can be done to protect them.Doug Baldwin became an investor in Vicis, a Seattle-area helmet manufacturer. As a football player, he had a vested interest in the safety of football players, and for him the choice was easy.“If you have a helmet out there that is proven to be safer in a number of different ways, why wouldn’t you wear that helmet?,” Baldwin said. “In the grand scheme of things Womens Mike McGlinchey Jersey , I want to make sure I have all the marbles that I was born with to experience life and to enjoy life with my family and with my future children.”Lions wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, a former Seahawks teammate of Baldwin, also became an advocate for the company after changing equipment.“You see and hear a lot of articles and a lot of talk about CTE these days, and you know the effects of concussions.,” Kearse said. “My change [to the Vicis helmet] . . . a little bit of my decision was, How can I protect myself further down the road when football is not a part of my life? Is looking cool out there on the field or wearing a helmet from back in college because it’s comfortable worth it?”Brown apparently thinks so, in his effort to be the one exception to a rule designed to protect every player.