Frank Reich Took A Knee & Received An ‘L’

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Colts head coach Frank Reich took a knee during today’s national anthem before a game in Jacksonville. The Colts released a statement on the kneeling and said “it is not a posture of defiance but rather one of humility – taken by the white community – to acknowledge the injustice and inequality that is present and to find the courage and resolve to make the changes needed.”

Reich was reportedly the only member of the Colts team to take a knee during the anthem.

And then the Colts went out and lost, 27-20, to a team that is purposely trying to lose in its pursuit of Trevor Lawrence in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Colts statement, referencing the rest of the team standing while Reich was kneeling, said “standing and locking arms is symbolic of our unity and strength. We desire to stand with and for each other and for our black communities in the fight for justice and equality.

“Join us. We will not be silent; we will not be neutral; we will not be passive!”

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. Hey Frank tell these black criminals to start obeying the law and be good citizens and oh yeah support your family like with a steady job not looting rioting assaulting people you know basic stuff.

  2. Very disappointed in Frank, and others (Ravens), I’m only reading about it, since I’m not tuning in. Hurts my soul that we’ve come to this, my family immigrated from Sicily, my dad a WWII vet, my brother Vietnam and me, involved in two Gulf wars, never thought I’d see the day that social media and an election year would destroy a country

  3. I’m so tired of hearing about who kneels or stands. I picked the Colts this week because like many I figured the Jags were going to tank. I didn’t watch the game because it wasn’t in my region. Gardner Minshew put up some nice stats for anyone that cares about watching sports!

    • Reading all of the comments here at Outkick has made me “woke” to the fact that country is so divided that the game is second to where a person stands in regard to politics. I’m happy that the NFL is back!! I just love the game of football and hockey! Hope you all do too! Start focusing on the positive side of sports!!

      • Well Matt, sports shoved politics down OUR throats, not the other way around…And if you don’t care about who kneels or stands, then good for you..It’s ABOUT what and why they are (or aren’t) that I focus on…If you can ignore that, more power to you…Don’t know who Gardner Minshew is because I don’t watch the NFL anymore but I’m happy you can focus on the “positive” side of sports, whatever the heck that is…They’ve robbed my passion, glad to see there are kids out there that can still enjoy this nonsense, it was a good run for me but it’s pretty much over…Enjoy

        • I understand your point. If everyone is going to stop watching sports, then what is the point of this being a sports site? Might as well be just another bs information site. Refer back to the ridiculous article about “the ‘woman’ test driving the sex toy” article. If people don’t care about sports, then what is the point of this site and why did I pay to be a vip? I can answer that I was looking forward to NFL over everything else. Forgive me for trying to watch games and try to escape the craziness.

  4. Living in Indy, I can tell you that like a majority of fans, I like Frank Reich as a person. He is an ordained minister and I think he tries to set an example as a Christian for his players. I get that. But unlike Tony Dungy, of whom I have the utmost respect for as a human being and as a football coach, Reich doesn’t appear to be able to command the respect of the players on the field and hold them accountable in the same way Dungy did. Yesterday, Reich took a knee before the game and the defense took a literal knee during the game.

    I think Reich was trying to set the example yesterday and take the pressure off the players. But that only works when your players return the favor by playing at a high level and winning. Too many times in the Reich era the players have not lived up to their end of the bargain. Until that happens, the only thing this “wokeness” by Reich and GM Chris Ballard will accomplish is getting them fired if the Colts fail once again to live up to expectations.

  5. Noone in pro sports seems to have any guts to stand for what is right and good.

    Each and every person involved seems terrified of losing something so bad, that they sacrifice their integrity in hopes that nobody will notice the lack of integrity in favor of the ridiculous sentiment.

  6. Watched no NFL yesterday for the first time in decades. I didn’t miss a thing, except the pandering and genuflecting. Fuck Frank Reich. Oh, as an ordained minister, Reich ought to leave his kneeling to church, assuming he can get in the place with the lockdown police harassing practicing Christians. Why isn’t he speaking out about that?

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