Eric Reid caused a bit of controversy during the preseason game against the New England Patriots after he came running in for a late helmet-to-helmet hit on Ben Watson after he was already down from contact.
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Watson was injured on the play and didn’t return. Reid was flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.
Reid spoke to the media after his hit and immediately shot down the notion that his hit had any ill will or was in anyway related to the veteran tight end calling Reid out on Twitter for his response to his views on the NFL’s social justice initiative.
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Yes @E_Reid35 you are wrong! You know the work many of us including @MalcolmJenkins have done. No one entity owns this movement. We are all a continuation of the generations who fought before us. We need each other https://t.co/C154KIvD1X
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) August 18, 2019
“I didn’t even know he tweeted me,” Reid said. “That’s not even something you process in a game. I’m not analyzing who has the ball in their hand and what they tweeted at me while I’m playing the game.”
Reid also expects to possibly see a fine thrown his way from the league:
“Just trying to stop him from getting a first down,” Reid said. “I looked at the replay. Yeah, he was down. We’ll see what the league decides to do with it. I anticipate myself getting a fine. But I’m just playing the game.”