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A grievance filed against the Cincinnati Bengals on behalf of Eric Reid was denied by an independent arbitrator.

The NFL Players Association filed the grievance on behalf of Reid after Bengals owner Mike Brown reportedly asked if Reid would continue kneeling during the national anthem.

Reid was brought in by the Bengals for a free-agent visit at the time but was not signed. The grievance argued that the Bengals negotiated in bad faith because the team had no intention to sign Reid if he said he would continue to kneel — despite the fact that standing for the national anthem is not mandated in the collective bargaining agreement.

Things got heated between Panthers safety Eric Reid and Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins before Sunday’s game, and it spilled onto the field. After the game, Reid called Jenkins a “sellout.”

The arbitrator ruled the Bengals were within their rights to ask if Reid would continue to kneel. Reid began kneeling during the anthem during the 2016 season when he was with the San Francisco 49ers as a way to support Colin Kaepernick and draw attention to issues of social injustice.

“Arbitrator Shyam Das issued a decision

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