Looks like Kid was just playing when he decided it would be funny to mock socially “controversial” quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
After being outed as “the white guy” in that now infamous image that Jason Whit(e)lock tweeted out a few weeks ago of an upcoming segment mocking the Superbowl QB, Christopher ‘Kid’ Reid felt it was time to address the situation.
After getting properly dragged on social media, Reid released a statement on his Facebook page to explain his involvement while taking a few potshots at the Fox Sports 1’s conservative TV personality saying, ““Let me address the elephant in the room (and no, I don’t mean Whitlock)….Look, I get it-taking a pic with Jason Whitlock is like taking a pic with Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Django’-most people might be perplexed by this act and others will get litty on you and call you a ‘coon’, ‘sellout’ or even worse. These are the pitfalls of a public life. I accept them.”
Reid then laid out how he himself has no problem with Kap and has witnessed firsthand the police brutality that Colin is standing up (or kneeling rather) against.
“Let me be clear-the skit and photo were not meant to disrespect Colin’s message or political stance. Rather, we wanted to spoof the media’s treatment of him and the circus that has been created. I understand that Whitlock has been a vocal critic of Colin so the optics of the photo have got me looking crazy. But anyone who knows me knows where I stand on Colin Kaepernick-exactly where he stands. Being born and raised in NYC I grew up seeing and reading about dozens of acts of police brutality. And the same way we know the names of Tamir Rice, Philando Castile and Michael Brown today, I grew up knowing the same fate had come to Eleanor Bumpurs, Amadou Diallo, and Abner Louima. Sadly, little has changed.”
And while he does seem to be copping a plea in his lengthy Facebook post, he does acknowledge that he done f’d up.
“Moving forward, I recognize the danger of optics without proper explanation-people race to their own conclusions, good and bad. I also have to accept my part in this controversy-the fact that my rep was taking hits was shocking at first-but I’ve come to a healthy understanding of how some people were dismayed by what went down.”
In short, Kid wasn’t tryin’ to hurt nobody.
Peep the entire statement below and let us know if this lets Kid off the hook or if it’s too little too late.