Eric Reid Uses Cleats to Celebrate Activist Art and Kaep’s Cause

By Sameer Rao Dec 18, 2018

With Colin Kaepernick still blacklisted by the National Football League (NFL), Eric Reid took advantage of the league’s My Cause My Cleats campaign to support his ex-colleague’s youth program to fight anti-Black police violence

The Carolina Panthers safety and steward of Kaepernick’s kneeling protests tweeted a picture of the cleats ahead of his game against the New Orleans Saints last night (December 17). He writes that Brandan Bmike Odums, a New Orleans artist and educator whose work uplifts grassroots causes and Black activism, created the shoe artwork. One cleat references Reid’s team and the Black Panther Party by including its logo next to the words, "PANTHER POWER." The other features Kaepernick, several beret-wearing protesters. The shoes also include the 10-point system that guides Reid’s cause of choice: Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, which offers children free education on self-empowerment and police interactions.


rntBmike posted photos of the cleats and a time lapse video of his design process on Instagram:



rntIn addition to showcasing players’ causes, the My Cause My Cleats program helps them raise money by auctioning the cleats online. At press time, the auction website had not yet listed Reid’s shoes or his cause. Meanwhile, following the game, Reid tweeted a photo of something that was created by the league—a notice for his seventh drug test of the season.