NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday.
During the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony on Tuesday (December 5), former NFL quarterback/social activist Colin Kaepernick was presented with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Beyoncé, who has also faced backlash for taking a stand against social and racial injustice, delivered the honor to an unsuspecting Kap. Her appearance was a complete surprise.
Colin Kaepernick recently filed a grievance against the NFL owners on October 15th, alleging they colluded to keep him out of the league. ESPN reports that he is not working through the NFLPA, but has hired high-profile lawyer Mark Geragos to represent him.”I think within the next 10 days somebody will sign him,” he said. “I think somebody’s gonna sign him. I think the NFL has to come to their senses, and realize every day that goes by just proves the collusion case even more.”
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL on Sunday, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests during the national anthem.
Kaepernick started a national conversation about political activism by athletes last season when he decided to sit, and then kneel, during the anthem to bring attention to mistreatment of African-Americans by police. Other players have continued the protests this season, prompting an angry response from President Donald Trump, who said players should be fired for not standing during the anthem.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the end of last season and remains a free agent despite a rash of injuries and poor play at the quarterback position.
Mark Geragos, one of Kaepernick’s attorneys, said in a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday that he filed the grievance “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”
“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports leagues) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful political protest — which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago — should not be punished,” Geragos said in the statement, “and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the executive branch of our government. Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation.”
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Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback now best known for his kneeling protests against police brutality, has been unemployed since the NFL’s off-season.
TMZ asked Master P about Kaep’s situation, and the Hip Hop veteran’s solution was straightforward, if not simple: “Well I think the only way that’s gonna happen is if you start owning things. Ownership. Without real ownership you have no control, no matter how much money you make, what you bring to the league.”
He added, “You never gon’ win if you don’t own nothing.”
Most recently, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging that team owners colluded to punish him for his political actions by boycotting him. It’s against the rules for NFL teams to work together over player’s contracts. Many suspect that it is Kaep’s decision to kneel during the national anthem that has kept him out of a job, rather than performance reasons.
Master P, who is president and a team owner of the Global Mixed Gender Basketball League, sees the conflict as an opportunity.
He invited Kaepernick to come play in his league if he wants to keep fit, and even said that he’d help Kaep start his own league to rival the NFL: “Maybe Kaepernick, if he wanna come and stay in shape and play in our league, I’ll help him start his own league. Maybe that’s what I might do next, start the football next. I think he should, he’s a great football player. I think the NFL should have some type of competition.”
Following Donald Trump’s outlandish comments directed at Colin Kaepernick and NFL players who kneel for the National Anthem, the league saw virtually all of its teams come together in some form of solidarity during the Anthem for Sunday’s slate of games — some knelt, others interlocked arms, and the Pittsburgh Steelers even remained in the locker room for the song.
Now seemingly more than any other time in recent memory, individuals are asking the question: when is the right time for black people to protest? This in turn is exactly the topic that Trevor Noah tackled on a recent episode of The Daily Show.
Noah ultimately dove into the backlash that NFL players, Stevie Wonder and ESPN commentator Jemele Hill have received after speaking out against racism.
J. Cole has called for a boycott of the NFL in a lengthy Twitter thread posted Sunday afternoon. Following President Donald Trump’s criticism of Colin Kaepernick and many other players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest of America’s oppression of black people, Cole has decided to speak out. “God bless every player that finds courage to kneel today. But the real power comes from you deciding to not watch,” he wrote. “Your eyes translate to advertising money for the League and it’s owners. Same ones who speak out against Trump today, are the same ones that denied a qualified man a job because he took a stand against injustice. You and me have the power to deny them our attention ($$ to them) until they make a wrong situation right.”
Cole went on to suggest that if tuning out doesn’t work, taking aim at the NFL’s sponsors could be a good alternative. “If a boycott doesn’t force them to action, don’t even trip. This is where the real flex happens,” he said. “Black people spend a lot of money with NFL corporate sponsors. White people who don’t fuck with white supremacy spend a lot of money too. So, next you turn your attention to these sponsors. Pick one of the biggest ones and say, do you agree with black balling players when they speak out against oppression?’ ‘If not, why are you spending all this money with a League that clearly condones that? You know what, I don’t think I can spend my money with you no more until you fix this.’ Repeat this with another company, and another.”