CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers safety Eric Reid knelt during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice before Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.

None of Reid’s new Carolina teammates joined him or stood near him at midfield.

He is the first Panthers player ever to kneel during the national anthem.

With a large American flag in the middle of the field, Reid went to his right knee as the “The Star-Bangled Banner” was sung by Marc Martel.

The 26-year-old Reid made his return to the NFL after signing with the Panthers on Sept. 27, four months after filing a grievance against the NFL alleging teams colluded against signing him during free agency after he knelt during the national anthem alongside 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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