Chris­tian play­ers frus­trated by crit­i­cism for an­them protest

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PHILADEL­PHIA — Eric Reid and other Chris­tian play­ers who sup­port Colin Kaeper­nick’s so­cial jus­tice move­ment want be­liev­ers on the op­po­site side of the controversial an­them protest to ask them­selves a sim­ple but pow­er­ful ques­tion: What would Je­sus do?

Reid joined Kaeper­nick, his for­mer San Fran­cisco 49ers team­mate, in kneel­ing for the “The Star-span­gled Ban­ner” last year be­cause he wants to be a “voice for the voice­less,” a les­son de­rived from a Bi­ble verse found in Proverbs. The 25-year-old safe­ty­turned-line­backer said he has dis­cussed faith with Kaeper­nick, who re­mains un­signed.

“It’s the foun­da­tion of why we started do­ing this,” Reid told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Oct. 29. “We all have a love for peo­ple. The Bi­ble tells us love your brother as your­self so that’s why we’re do­ing it.

“We have to speak up for those who can’t do it for them­selves. My faith is ul­ti­mately what led me to start protest­ing and it’s what con­tin­ues to drive me. Faith with­out works is dead. I feel like the past year be­fore we started protest­ing, the Lord has prepped me for this mo­ment.”

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