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49ers CEO supports his players as NFL considers changing anthem guidelines

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Eric Reid said on Wednesday that 49ers CEO Jed York will support his players if they choose to protest during the national anthem. (Courtesy Sam Hustis/KNBR)
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On Tuesday, commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo expressing his desire for owners to consider changing the wording in the NFL handbook regarding players standing for the national anthem.

Those owners will meet next week, meaning the status quo will be in effect in Week 6, when the 49ers play in Washington.

Niners CEO Jed York, for his part, will support his players desires to express themselves on the field.

“He’s expressed very clearly that he wants to support us — that he’s not going to force us to do anything,” safety Eric Reid said before practice on Wednesday. “Speaking for our team, that’s what he’s told me explicitly.”

Reid was one of the first players to join Colin Kaepernick by taking a knee during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality in America.

Since Kaepernick’s departure from Santa Clara and the NFL, Reid has taken over as the face of activism in the 49ers’ locker room.

And from all accounts, it appears he will continue to be that.

jpalmer@sfexaminer.com

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