As the NFL regular season approaches, Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned and people are starting to get fed up about it.
Many noticed that following Colin Kaepernick’s protest and the constant coverage that followed from it, there was a dip in the ratings for a league that doesn’t usually have that problem. Many attain the ratings fall to the election but some are claiming it’s because of Kaepernick’s political stance.
Nonetheless, we sit here five weeks away from the start of the NFL season and the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback remains unsigned and the writing seems to be on the wall as the why — that he’s been blackballed from the league.
A petition to boycott every single NFL game if Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned as shown up on Change.org and it is gaining a lot of steam.
The petition has almost 20,000 signatures.
It reads as follows:
“Never before, since the great Muhammad Ali’s refusal to serve in Vietnam in 1967, has an athlete taken such a direct stance highlighting the injustices of people of color — and just like Ali, the reaction to Kaepernick’s stance has been met with passionate responses, often times divided by the color line.
Since that statement, Kaepernick “upgraded” his protest to a knee, announced a plan to donate $1 million to the charities that focused on racial issues (which he followed through), had great support from some of his teammates, NFL colleagues, athletes from all sports levels (starting from junior high), and fans by taking a knee during anthems.
Best of all, Kaepernick’s protest made the conversation about “racial/police brutality” front-page for the large part of the NFL season, a feat never done before in its history.
Because he needed to start, Kaepernick also restructured his contract during the 2016 season, taking away the final 4 years and reworking it into a 2-year deal (with a 1-year player option) — allowing him to leave after the season if he chooses, which he did.
Since then, no one has offered Colin Kaepernick, a Super Bowl QB just a few years ago, an NFL job despite cries from both NFL Players and analysts, both black and white. He also has a better Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) than half the backup quarterbacks signed right now.
This shows that the NFL Owners are not willing to bring Kaepernick into their team because — according to many fans – he is a “distraction“. A who protested because of injustices towards people of color is pretty much blackballed in a league that is 70% Black.
If you are appalled by this, then show your power by boycotting the NFL until Kaepernick gets signed to a team. This means to not watch any games, no social media comments about your favorite team before/during/after the games, don’t attend the stadiums, and don’t buy any merchandise which represents the league or your favorite team.
We understand NFL is very important to you. We also understand the purpose of Colin Kaepernick’s protest is FAR more important than any games you will ever watch. Simply put, if things stay the same for the way America — where “all men are created equal” – treats people of color, then your loved ones, friends, and children will eventually be affected as well.
Finally, this shows how much the NFL really cares about its Black athletes. It’s pretty much: Play for us, entertain us, make us money, and shut up.”
The group that created the petition plans on sending a copy to each NFL owner as well but for the time being, Kaepernick remains a free agent.