When Colin Kaepernick began protesting the national anthem to bring attention to the injustice of black men and women being killed by white police officers in America, he did everything right. He did everything anyone would ask him to do. He performed a peaceful, silent protest. First, he refused to stand for the national anthem, and eventually, he took a knee during the anthem.
After the 2016 season, he became a free agent expecting to be signed based on the previous year’s stats. According to The Bleacher Report, the quarterback:
‘…finished the year with 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 12 games.’
However, no one has signed him. He’s the can of worms nobody wants to open. If any NFL team were to sign Kaepernick, they’d be lambasted with boycotts from their fan base. Therefore, he goes unsigned after six weeks during the 2017 season. Since doing so, several other players have joined in on the protest, either to show their solidarity with Kaepernick or to at least protest the fact Kaepernick has the right to kneel under the First Amendment. It’s brought the attention and ire of President Donald Trump, who literally called anyone who kneels a “son of a bitch,” recently.
After going unsigned for six weeks, despite being a viable player, Kaepernick is reportedly seeking action against the NFL. According to Mike Freeman, Kaepernick plans to file a complaint against the NFL team owners.
‘I am told that @kaepernick7 has filed a grievance under the CBA for collusion against the owners. If accurate, this is huge.’
Freeman also tweeted Kaepernick was prepping a statement to release shortly.
‘More: @Kaepernick7 is preparing statement about his filing of grievance against owners for collusion under CBA. It should be released soon.’
Additionally, he also noted in a third tweet Kaepernick had retained the services of Mark Geragos. Geragos takes high-profile cases and has worked with clients such as Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, Chris Brown, and many others.
‘Kaepernick has hired attorney Mark Geragos. Who has represented numerous high profile clients.’
NFL Commission Roger Goodell has denied there was any collusion and that Kaepernick’s status as a player has all been based on his performance.
‘I believe that if a football team feels that Colin Kaepernick, or any other player, is going to improve that team, they’re going to do it.’
However, several current and former players have noted that Kaepernick remains unsigned due to the protest. As many others have joined in on the protest, Kaepernick isn’t the only one anymore. It really shouldn’t be shocking to see someone take a knee. However, the faces of whitewashed “patriots” still end up in shock every time the black man down on the field does it. Women call for smelling salts, and the men call for their immediate dismissal, if not more. What should ALWAYS be shocking, however, is the fact that racism is still a reality wide and far, seeded deeply throughout our country. Many, however, will never see the picture.
You can check out the comments from Twitter users below to Freeman’s tweets.
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