David Newton ESPN Staff Writer
Panthers safety Eric Reid responded to comments by ESPN's Stephen A Smith, who criticized him for lashing out at Jay-Z ‘s partnership with the NFL and saying it was burying Colin Kaepernick's career. ‘'The order of events that happened right? We're professional athletes first, then we started protesting systemic oppression,'' Reid said. ‘'I think it's ludicrous that somebody like Stephen A,, who has been so closely reporting on this, would make a statement like that is asinine."