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Will Black Folks Boycott the NFL Over Kaepernick Blackballing?

Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins – Both teams needing pro-level quarterbacks. Both teams taking a pass on hiring free agent Kaepernick for “political reasons”…

Miami even went so far as to hire Jay Cutler…Who couldn’t hit a receiver on a fade route with somebody hand carrying the ball to the receiver. A real 4 and 12 decision there.

Sounds like a boycott is in order…

 

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2017 in The New Jim Crow

 

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In the NFL – You can Use Drugs, Get Arrested, and Beat Your Wife/Girlfriend Bloody…But Not Protest

Just when you thought some of the old white guys who own the NFL couldn’t get more stupid.

Some have declared they don’t want Colin Kaepernick on their teams…Even those that are losing teams.

Solution is simple. You are the fan of a losing team with a rotten quarterback, and the owner isn’t doing everything he can do to make the team better…

Don’t buy any more tickets, fan gear, or team logoed stuff. Watch another team.

The above made the owners of the NFL give Ray Rice a 2 game suspension before the video went public. Greg Hardy, formerly of the Cowboys beat up a white girl…

So he got a 4 game suspension instead of 2.

NFL execs who lavish millions on violent criminals say ‘traitor’ Kaepernick not welcome on their teams

Professional football players who commit violent crimes almost always get a second chance in the NFL, provided that they can still play well.

However, it seems that many NFL executives are drawing a line against signing a player who doesn’t stand during the national anthem.

Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman has talked with several NFL execs who said they wanted no part of having Colin Kaepernick on their teams, even though the athletic quarterback could still help a team in need of a player at the game’s most important position.

“I don’t want him anywhere near my team,” one front office exec told Freeman. “He’s a traitor.”

“He has no respect for our country,” said another. “F*ck that guy.”

“In my career, I have never seen a guy so hated by front office guys as Kaepernick,” said an NFL general manager.

This is absurdly hypocritical for so many reasons.

Whatever you think of Kaepernick’s protest, it isn’t remotely comparable to some of the horrible things that other professional football players have done that have been overlooked by NFL front offices.

Let’s go down a (very incomplete) litany of horrors:

  • Defensive end Greg Hardy viciously assaulted his former girlfriend and left her covered in bruises. Despite this, he was welcomed with open arms by the Dallas Cowboys after serving his suspension.
  • Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked out his wife Janay Palmer in an elevator in 2014, and his team still publicly praised him as a man of great character. In fact, the team even posted an article written by a Ravens PR bigwig that was titled “I Like Ray Rice.” The team only released Rice once video of the incident came to light.
  • Quarterback Michael Vick ran a brutal dog-fighting operation in which pitbulls were tortured and killed. He was nonetheless scooped up by the Philadelphia Eagles right after he finished serving his prison sentence.
  • Minnesota Vikings running back was indicted for whipping his four-year-old son with a tree branch, leaving his legs covered in slash wounds. Nonetheless, he was welcomed back as a hero the year after he served his suspension.
  • Wide receiver Donte Stallworth killed a pedestrian while driving under the influence of alcohol — that didn’t stop the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins or New England Patriots from signing him after he served his time.

You get the idea. Teams regularly overlook absolutely horrible behavior from players in the name of winning games.

But if you silently protest police brutality by sitting during the national anthem, it seems that you’re too toxic to have in the locker room.

 

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NFL SF 49ers QB, Colin Kaepernick Sits Out National Anthem in Protest

I remember the ’68 Olympics when John Carlos and Tommie Smith stood tall…

49ers Quarterback Sits Out National Anthem To Protest Oppression Of Minorities

As players rose to stand for the national anthem at the 49ers-Packers game on Friday night, 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick pointedly remained seated.

His gesture was to protest the treatment of African Americans and minorities in the United States, as he told NFL.com after the game. Kaepernick has remained sitting during the anthem “in at least one other preseason game,” according to the site.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said, according to NFL.com. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”Image result for Colin Kaepernick

He told NFL.com that he did not notify the team in advance. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right,” Kaepernick said. NFL.com reports that Kaepernick recently “decided to be more active and involved in rights for black people.”

In a statement carried by NFL.com, the 49ers said they recognize his right to remain seated:

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

On his Twitter page, Kaepernick has recently focused on Black Lives Matter, police violence and civil rights issues.

Kaepernick’s protest has drawn comparisons to a similar gesture 20 years ago from Denver Nuggets guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, which generated a major controversy.He was suspended for one game and ultimately agreed to stand with his head bowed in prayer, as SB Nation reported.

The gesture has also ignited debate and is currently trending on Twitter. It has sharply divided fellow NFL players.

For example, Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster wrote, “the flag represents freedom. the freedom to choose to stand or not. that’s what makes this country beautiful.” Later, he wrote, “protest is imperative for change. it invokes the conversation.”

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2008 ESPY Awards - Show

On the 40th Anniversary of their protest, Tommie Smith and John Carlos (pictured above L-R) were honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the 2008 ESPY Awards held at NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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