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In searing essay, Colin Kaepernick says forget about prison reform, abolish ‘white supremacist’ jail institutions altogether

Former NFL player-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick has issued a scathing rebuke of law enforcement and prison systems in a new essay for his series, “Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing & Prisons.”

Kaepernick published the new essay, “The Demand for Abolition,” as the first of 30 forthcoming essays with the goal of furthering the pursuit of “abolition” of prisons.

The production is a collaboration between Kaepernick Publishing and Medium’s Level.

What are the details?

In the essay, Kaepernick, who helped to usher in the Black Lives Matter movement to the mainstream U.S. public, says that prisons should no longer be reformed, but should be abolished entirely.

Kaepernick, who has advocated for prison reform since at least 2015, says that he is backing away from supporting prison reform out of fear and concern of being complicit in white supremacy, death, and more.

“Reform, at its core, preserves, enhances, and further entrenches policing and prisons into the United States’ social order,” Kaepernick writes in his new essay. “Abolition is the only way to secure a future beyond anti-black institutions of social control, violence, and premature death.”

“Ultimately, I realized that seeking reform would make me an active participant in reforming, reshaping, and rebranding institutional white supremacy, oppression, and death,” he reasons.

He continues, “To be clear, the abolition of these institutions is not the absence of accountability, but rather the establishment of transformative and restorative processes that are not rooted in punitive practices. By abolishing policing and prisons, not only can we eliminate white supremacist establishments, but we can create space for budgets to be reinvested directly into communities to address mental health needs, homelessness and houselessness, access to education, and job creation, as well as community-based methods of accountability.”

Kaepernick says he aims to help usher in a new world; one “grounded in love, justice, and accountability, a world grounded in safety and good health, a world grounded in meeting the needs of the people.”

“Abolition now,” he writes. “Abolition for the people.”

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New Colin Kaepernick project calls for utopian future without police or prisons

Former professional NFL quarterback turned social justice activist Colin Kaepernick has launched a new project aimed at building a utopian police-less and prison-less future.

What are the details?

In “Abolition for the People,” Kaepernick teamed up with Medium publication, LEVEL, to publish “30 stories from organizers, political prisoners, scholars, and advocates” over the next month with the goal of furthering the pursuit of “abolition” for minority individuals.

Reforms such as “use-of-force policies, body cameras, more training, and police accountability” simply won’t cut it, Kaepernick argues in an essay introducing the project. In fact, he says, reforming the white supremacist institutions of police and prisons ultimately only serves to commend them.

Instead, project creators say: “The only answer is abolition, a full dismantling of the carceral state and the institutions that support it.”

After all, Kaepernick writes, “The central intent of policing is to surveil, terrorize, capture, and kill marginalized populations, specifically Black folks.”

As for prisons, they only exist to “isolate, regulate, and surveil” black and brown people.

“Prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings,” he says, borrowing from writer Angela Davis.

Sure enough, only once society rids itself of these terroristic morally corrupt systems, will it be “safer, healthier, and truly free.”

What else?

It should be noted that found nowhere in the essays so far is any explanation of how exactly a little utopia-destroying thing called crime will be monitored and controlled. Kaepernick and his fellow writers seem to believe that crime and criminals will simply vanish when police and prison systems are dismantled.

All Kaepernick musters on the topic is this:

To be clear, the abolition of these institutions is not the absence of accountability but rather the establishment of transformative and restorative processes that are not rooted in punitive practices. By abolishing policing and prisons, not only can we eliminate white supremacist establishments, but we can create space for budgets to be reinvested directly into communities to address mental health needs, homelessness and houselessness, access to education, and job creation as well as community-based methods of accountability.

Again and again in the essays, “crimes” are reinterpreted as mistakes and “criminals” as unfortunate souls who only want to be loved. People are inherently good and never do bad things, right?

“If our children mess up, and sometimes even if they don’t, they go to prison,” writes one essayist. “If their children mess up in ways our children can’t even imagine, they become presidents of companies, politicians, and president of the United States.”

Kaepernick adds that “prisons do not contain a ‘criminal population’ running rampant but rather a population that society has repeatedly failed.” Translation: Criminals have not failed society, but society has failed “criminals.”

The people within society who mess up shouldn’t be punished, Kaepernick argues, they should be helped to do better.

No word yet on what justice the activists would seek for the racist police officers who have killed in the line of duty. Perhaps all they deserve is a mental health evaluation and counseling.

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Colin Kaepernick says ‘the white supremacist institution of policing’ must ‘be abolished’

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick declared Wednesday that “the white supremacist institution of policing” must “be abolished,” after news broke that the three officers involved in the March raid that led to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor would not be charged in her death.

What are the details?

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) held a much-anticipated press conference Wednesday afternoon explaining that a Louisville grand jury decided two of the officers involved would not be charged and that the third would face three counts of wanton endangerment for firing at other residences during the incident.

According to the Associated Press, Cameron warned, “There will be celebrities, influencers and activists who having never lived in Kentucky will try to tell us how to feel, suggesting they understand the facts of this case, that they know our community and the Commonwealth better than we do, but they don’t.”

He added, “Let’s not give in to their attempts to influence our thinking or capture our emotions.”

Kaepernick tweeted after the announcement:

“The white supremacist institution of policing that stole Breonna Taylor’s life from us must be abolished for the safety and well being of our people.”

The former NFL player has become a household name after sparking controversy years ago when he began kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games in protest of police brutality.

Since the death of George Floyd in late May, protests have been ongoing across the U.S. in the name of racial equality, with some descending into riots involving violence, looting, arson. The protests have given rise to an anti-police movement, and some activists have invoked Kaepernick in their demonstrations.

Protesters have often called for justice in the death of Breonna Taylor, as well as several other black Americans who have died during altercations with law enforcement.

What’s the background?

The night Taylor died, police conducted a raid on a residence where she was with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Walker opened fire on police, believing the situation was a break-in, and officers shot back, killing Taylor.

Initial reports claimed that law enforcement was executing a “no-knock” warrant, but Cameron said during his press conference that an independent witness had confirmed that officers did announce themselves before entering.

Louisville declared a state of emergency ahead of the grand jury announcement on Wednesday. During protests that night, two officers were shot and hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds.

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Black journalist calls BLM a ‘Criminal$ Justice Movement’ that is nothing more than a ‘cash grab’ for athletes, Democrats, and media

Jason Whitlock is a rarity in sports journalism: He’s willing to take on the sports business and challenge progressive groupthink. For example, just 10 days ago he came out to declare that “white liberals” are the “true racists” and that liberalism is “the new KKK hood.”

Now he’s sending the left into fits with a recent Outkick column calling the Black Lives Matter movement the “Criminal$ Justice Movement” that is nothing more than a “cash grab” by professional athletes, celebrities, the media, and Democrats.

What did he say?

Whitlock began his Friday column — “BLM 101 History Lesson: The 2020 Criminal$ Justice Movement” — saying it was time someone defined the real “history being forged by Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick, Lebron James, Nike and their media sycophants.”

The left, he wrote, “created the Criminals Justice Movement. Or better yet, the Criminal$ Justice Movement.”

“The intense fight for the rights of criminal suspects resisting arrest is really just a cash grab by Democratic politicians, Nike and athletes, celebrities and journalists seeking social media influence,” Whitlock said.

As evidence, he pointed to two examples:

Nike: The company’s $150 “Icon Jersey 2.0” celebrating Kaepernick, reportedly sold out in seconds last week.

Attorney Ben Crump: The man who has represented the families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Jacob Blake, “bragged to reporters about the $12 million settlement the city of Louisville will pay Breonna Taylor’s family. It was good advertising. You’ve heard of ambulance-chasing lawyers. Crump chases hearses,” Whitlock said. He added:

He’s built a multi-million-dollar law practice around securing cash settlements for the families of victims of alleged police misconduct. On September 8th, Crump tweeted out a “powerful” message from Jacob Blake that summarizes the Criminal$ Justice Movement.

“Change y’all’s lives out there,” Blake said from his hospital bed, “stick together, make some money, make things easier for our people out here.”

“Make some money” best explains the Criminal$ Justice Movement.

Whitlock’s concern, he said, is that all of the “awareness raising” will actually promote a climate that’s more dangerous, not less.

“The Criminal$ Justice Movement and its primary policy push — defund the police — have predictably emboldened criminals,” he wrote. “Violent crime is elevating in high-crime neighborhoods and police are reluctant to aggressively police those areas.”

According to Whitlock, this is not about seeking justice — it’s about seeking money and power:

All while Kaepernick and Nike cash in and financial donations pour down on Democratic voter drives. Everybody is using George Floyd’s death to make it rain. His memory is used to hype NFL and NBA games, power ad campaigns for podcasts and YouTube shows, leverage media members for promotions and, most importantly, fuel left-wing political funding.

And the people being used by the left to push this cause, Whitlock said, are uninformed, easily influenced young people who can’t be bothered to examine the details of what the movement is claiming:

Most athletes have a cursory knowledge of the Criminal$ Justice Movement. They’re young, rich and easily influenced by social media. They don’t have the time or an interest in researching the details of the movement.

Instead, Whitlock said, these athletes just look for the “best way to avoid public criticism and not be accused of selling out or being a racist” and, therefore, just echo support for whomever the movement tells them to support.

He concluded that the “Criminal$ Justice Movement” does not improve the lives of minorities but only “the lives of Kaepernick, Nike shareholders, hearse-chasing lawyers, black elites using the movement to advance their careers and white Marxist anarchists determined to overthrow capitalism, democracy, freedom and God.”

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Nike cashes in on Kaepernick and anthem kneeling with jersey celebrating the anniversary of the protests

Nike continued its efforts to commercialize and profit from former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s social justice activism, commemorating the four-year anniversary of his national anthem kneeling protest with a special jersey.

The jersey is all black, featuring Kaepernick’s number, 7, and the words “True to 7” on the collar.

“Four years ago, I took a knee to protest against systemic racism and social injustice,” Kaepernick wrote on social media. “It was that day that the number on my jersey would come to represent something greater than football, something greater than me. Since then, the number 7 jersey has been a symbol for advancing the liberation and well-being of Black & Brown communities. Thank you for staying True.”

The jersey, priced at $150, sold out within minutes after being released. Previous special releases of jerseys, shoes, and T-shirts featuring Kaepernick have also quickly sold out. From Yahoo Sports:

It’s the second time a Kaepernick jersey launch with Nike has sold out shortly after opening period. The company released an all-black “Icon Jersey” with a white No. 7 on the front in February 2019. In that instance, Kaepernick took to social media about 10 hours later to say they had sold out.

It’s unclear how many jerseys and T-shirts Nike had available for any of the launches. And in October 2018, a “Kaepernick icon tee” sold out in a couple of hours. It’s unclear how many jerseys and T-shirts Nike had available for any of the launches.

“The Colin Kaepernick Icon Jersey 2.0 marks Nike’s continued product collaboration with Colin and celebrates those making a positive impact in their community through sport and education,” Nike said in a statement. “This celebration is represented in the meaning behind the line, True to 7”

Years after Kaepernick played his last NFL game, the same protests that he claims got him blackballed from the league have now been fully embraced by the league, which implemented numerous social justice-themed aspects to game days. Many players on multiple teams kneel or stay in the locker room during the national anthem,

Kaepernick, however, has attacked the league for the social justice emphasis, calling it “propaganda.”

“While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid for fighting for the Black community,” Kaepernick wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.”

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Colin Kaepernick is not a fan of the NFL’s social justice pandering, calls it ‘propaganda’

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is now a full-time activist, does not approve of the NFL’s social justice presentations, even though they are a progression of the national anthem kneeling protest he started in 2016.

Kaepernick questioned the league’s sincerity and motives in purporting to care for black lives and racial justice, while Eric Reid, Kaepernick’s former teammate, is not on a team roster.

“While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid for fighting for the Black community,” Kaepernick wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.”

Reid was one of the first players to kneel with Kaepernick during the national anthem when they were teammates on the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. Reid played for the Carolina Panthers in 2019, recording 130 total tackles, 97 solo tackles, and four sacks, playing and starting in all 16 games.

Reid signed a three-year contract extension with the Panthers in February 2019, but was cut in March 2020. Reporting on Reid’s departure indicated that Reid was cut due to the size of his contract. The team also traded quarterback Cam Newton and parted ways with star tight end Greg Olsen.

At the time of his release, Reid did not indicate a belief that there was anything nefarious about the transaction.

“It’s been a pleasure Carolina!” Reid posted the day he was cut. “I enjoyed my time and the support I received from the fans, media, teammates, and staff there will be remembered. Looking forward to furthering my career in another city!”

In his tweet, Kaepernick cites a Deadspin article that claims, without evidence, that Reid is being actively blackballed by owners and the league, who are colluding to keep him unsigned.

Reid was a part of a collusion grievance against the NFL that was launched in 2017 by Kaepernick. The two players settled that grievance for a total of less than $10 million. Due to confidentiality agreements associated with that settlement, we may never know more detail about the situation, and Reid himself may be legally prevented from speaking on it.

Kaepernick has claimed an interest in returning to the NFL, and Nike, which sponsors Kaepernick, has run a #BringBackKap campaign online. However, Kaepernick has not played since 2016, and there is no indication that teams have interest in him, especially after the debacle surrounding his league-arranged tryout last year.

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Colin Kaepernick included in ‘Madden 21’ video game as ‘starting-caliber quarterback’

Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played quarterback in the NFL since 2016, and there’s no indication that he will return this season. Still the popular EA Sports “Madden” video game franchise will include Kaepernick as a player in the 2021 version of the game, the company announced Tuesday.

Not only will Kaepernick be playable in the game, but he will have a higher skill rating than several current high-profile starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

“Colin Kaepernick is one of the top free agents in football and a starting-caliber quarterback,” read a statement on the Madden NFL 21 Twitter page. “The team at EA SPORTS, along with millions of Madden NFL fans, want to see him back in our game. We’ve had a long relationship with Colin through Madden NFL and worked through our past soundtrack mistakes.

“Knowing that our EA SPORTS experiences are platforms for players to create, we want to make Madden NFL a place that reflects Colin’s position and talent, rates him as a starting QB, and empowers our fans to express their hopes for the future of football,” the statement continued. “We’ve worked with Colin to make this possible, and we’re excited to bring it to all of you today.”

Fox News reported that Kaepernick will be rated higher in the game than New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

During Kaepernick’s last season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, he started 11 games, leading the team to a 1-10 record in those games. He threw 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. He opted out of his contract after the season, hoping to sign a better deal in San Francisco or elsewhere, but was not signed by any team.

Kaepernick, the originator of the national anthem kneeling social justice protests, has claimed he was blackballed from the league for his activism. He settled a grievance with the NFL on that matter, filed with one other player, for less than $10 million total.

The NFL scheduled a workout for Kaepernick in November so he could audition for teams who might be interested in signing him, but the workout was derailed when Kaepernick moved it at the last minute from the set location to a high school field 60 miles from the scheduled location, apparently due to a disagreements over the terms of the workout and matters of legal liability.

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Roger Goodell regrets not listening to Kaepernick more, says anthem kneelers are not unpatriotic

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he regrets not having more dialogue with former quarterback Colin Kaepernick about social justice issues and said he now understands that players who kneel during the national anthem aren’t being unpatriotic, ESPN reported.

What did he say?

“These are not people who are unpatriotic,” Goodell told ESPN’s Emmanuel Acho on the video series “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.” “They’re not disloyal. They’re not against our military. In fact, many of those guys were in the military, and they’re a military family. And what they were trying to do is exercise their right to bring attention to something that needs to get fixed. And that misrepresentation of who they were and what they were doing was the thing that really gnawed at me.”

Acho asked Goodell what he might say in a public apology to Kaepernick, and Goodell cited regret that he was not able to have more conversations with the player who started the social justice protest of kneeling during the national anthem. Goodell said the league should have listened more and really understood what Kaepernick and other players were protesting.

“That’s where we should have listened sooner,” Goodell said. “And that’s where we should have been in there with them, understanding and figuring out what we can do as the NFL.”

What is Kaepernick up to?

Kaepernick has spent the last several years as a high-profile social justice activist. His experience, which many characterize as having been blackballed from the NFL for his protests, has led to a lucrative book deal and several television and documentary opportunities.

The former quarterback stands as an influential voice and symbol in social justice circles, and his statement in the days following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has proven to be fitting for the unrest that has occurred since.

“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick wrote in a May 28 tweet that is pinned to the top of his profile. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back!”

There have been protests and riots across the United States almost every night for the past three months, and the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday has sparked new riots in that city the past two nights.

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Videos show man in Colin Kaepernick jersey attacked by military working dogs in fundraiser demonstration — and the Navy is investigating

Naval Special Warfare Command is investigating a video showing a man dressed in a Colin Kaepernick jersey being attacked by military working dogs in a demonstration last year at the Navy SEAL Museum, according to
Task & Purpose, a military and veteran-focused outlet.

The Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, is a nonprofit “dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors,” its website says, according to Task & Purpose, adding that the museum’s board of directors includes seven retired SEALs.

The museum is an independent operation, NPR reported.

What are the details?

The first of two videos show four dogs attacking the man with a red and white Kaepernick jersey in the style of the San Francisco 49ers as an audience watches and an MC narrates the action over a loudspeaker.

In the second video, the same man is lying on the ground while one dog attacks him and apparently “SEALs” dressed in fatigues and holding rifles command the man to “turn over on your belly.” The man replies, “Oh, man, I will stand,” and rolls over as the crowd laughs.


Navy Seals investigate video of ‘dog attack’ on man in Colin Kaepernick shirt

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Kaepernick is a former 49ers quarterback who began kneeling during the national anthem during the 2016 season to protest racial inequality and police brutality; he hasn’t played since that season ended. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has apologized for not listening earlier to players’ concerns about social injustice, and he has encouraged teams to consider signing Kaepernick, ESPN said.

Kaepernick has stayed in the headlines, particularly now that taking a knee appears to be standard operating procedure for most professional athletes in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May and nationwide protests and rioting in support of Black Lives Matter that followed.

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Filmmaker Billy Corben circulated the videos online Sunday noting that the 2019 event in question was a fundraiser. For the second video showing the man with the Kaepernick jersey lying the ground, Corben wrote, “Navy SEALs and Navy SEAL dogs take down Colin Kaepernick for not standing during National Anthem” as if that’s how the video was originally titled.

ESPN said the videos were posted on Instagram last year, but the Instagram links provided by Corben were inactive Monday afternoon.

What did the Navy and the museum have to say?

Naval Special Warfare Command said in a statement Sunday afternoon that officials learned of the videos Sunday.

“The inherent message of this video is completely inconsistent with the values and ethos of Naval Special Warfare and the U.S. Navy,” the statement said. “We are investigating the matter fully, and initial indications are that there were no active duty Navy personnel or equipment involved with this independent organization’s event.”

The museum did not immediately respond to questions about the event, NPR reported.

Anything else?

NPR said the museum — which is on
former naval training grounds — has a history of dramatic demonstrations involving dogs, weapons, and helicopters. The outlet said during a 2019 fundraiser a crowd watched as women were taken hostage by three men wearing black-and-white checkered scarves.

NPR, citing ABC News, said video from a 2018 event shows people in military gear in a standoff with a vehicle that says “Take a Knee.”

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Colin Kaepernick, Dr. Anthony Fauci set to receive Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for being ‘human rights defenders’

Former NFL player-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci are set to receive 2020’s Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award.

What are the details?

Others expected to receive the annual award include Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal, Dan Springer, CEO of DocuSign, and Dolores Huerta, founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of United Farm Workers of America.

On Monday, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization issued a statement about the honors.

“At a time when the courageous pursuit of equality and justice has become political and riddled with adversity, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights stands with these modern-day human rights defenders in their inspirational fight for progress,” the org announced.

Kerry Kennedy, president of the organization, said that in 2020, the country is “yearning for leadership, for moral fortitude, for common decency and kindness, and this year’s Ripple of Hope laureates give us great hope for the future.”

She added, “Their work for equal justice touches every corner of society, sometimes at a great personal cost. We are deeply honored to celebrate these changemakers, who have set forth countless ripples of hope at a time when our world is in such need of inspiration.”

Kaepernick issued public thanks to the organization in a Monday statement.

“I am humbled to follow the footsteps of individuals like [2017 recipient Harry Belafonte] Mr. B and to be in the company of all of the other laureates,” he said.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually on Dec. 10.

All in good company

Previous winners of the Ripple of Hope Awards include former President Barack Obama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former vice president and presidential candidate Joe Biden, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and more.

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WNBA players decide not to kneel during national anthem — they just walk off the court instead

Forget taking a knee during the national anthem. That’s so yesterday.

As far as the WNBA is concerned, the NFL — and now Major League Baseball — can have that protest to themselves.

Instead, the New York Liberty and the Seattle Storm pulled out a new move: They just walked off the court as the national anthem played, EPSN reported.

What’s that now?

During the 2016 NFL pre-season, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before games, and the movement caught on among many of his fellow players and continues to this day.

In the wake of the George Floyd killing and as social justice movements have gathered steam across the U.S., kneeling has become increasingly popular.

Apparently, it has become so popular that it’s now passé, so two WNBA teams decided to take it up a notch and garner more attention.

The Liberty and Storm elected to walk off the court Saturday during the playing of the national anthem before the WNBA season opener at Florida’s Feld Entertainment Center where all of the WNBA’s 22-game regular season will be played.

The players also took time to honor the memory of Breonna Taylor, a Louisville, Kentucky, EMT who was killed in March during a no-knock police search warrant in her home.

Police shot Taylor, 26, during a raid on her home to search for drugs — which were never found. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, believed the cops were home invaders and shot at them, striking one in the leg.

None of the officers involved in Taylor’s killing have been changed in her death.

Before the game, the Liberty’s Layshida Clarendon and the Storm’s Breanna Stewart addressed the cameras to promote the “Say Her Name” campaign and asked for a 26-second moment of silence.


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WNBA teams are wearing Taylor’s name on their jerseys this year in honor of the young woman and as a call for justice in her death.

As with the NBA, the WNBA is all about social justice this year, ESPN noted:

Social justice is a major part of the season for the WNBA players. The words “Black Lives Matter” are on the courts at Feld. The Social Justice Council on Wednesday held a Zoom call with Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, who shared memories of Taylor with the players. Also on the call were Georgia attorney and politician Stacey Abrams and professor Kimberle Crenshaw, who started the “Say Her Name” campaign that raises awareness for Black female victims of police brutality.

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ESPN is working on a Colin Kaepernick documentary series with Jemele Hill as a producer

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be the subject of yet another major entertainment production, this time a documentary series about his life that will be featured on ESPN and produced by the Atlantic’s Jemele Hill, among others, Variety reported.

The series will be the first project to come from an agreement between Disney and Kaepernick’s company, Ra Vision Media, which will “emphasize scripted and unscripted stories that deal with race, social injustice and the quest for equity, and work to showcase directors and producers of color,” according to Variety.

“I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate black and brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire youth with compelling and authentic perspectives,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing.”

The Kaepernick documentary series will be executive produced by ESPN executives Libby Geist, Kevin Merida, and Connor Schell, with Hill, a former ESPN personality, also on the project as a producer. The documentary will reportedly focus on Kaepernick’s transition from NFL quarterback to social justice activist.

“Colin has had a singular path as both an athlete and an activist, and, as the nation continues to confront racism and social injustice, it feels particularly relevant to hear Colin’s voice on his evolution and motivations,” ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said, according to Variety.

Kaepernick recently announced a scripted series based on his life that will be on Netflix, a project led by Ava DuVernay. The former quarterback also reportedly signed a $1 million book deal with Penguin Random House in 2017, although no book has come from that deal.

In February, Kaepernick announced that he was writing a memoir to be published by his own publishing company. He also has an endorsement deal with Nike. His last season in the NFL was 2016.

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Colin Kaepernick bashes America on July 4th — but had completely different message when Obama was president

Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback turned activist, denounced America on Independence Day this year — but he had a completely different message when Barack Obama was president.

In his Fourth of July message, Kaepernick claimed the national holiday, marking America’s independence from Great Britain, is a “celebration of white supremacy.”

“Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of ‘independence’, while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all,” Kaepernick said.

Kaepernick has turned up the volume on his anti-America rhetoric in recent years, especially in the wake of his departure from the NFL.

Last year, on Thanksgiving Day, Kaepernick bashed America while celebrating “Unthanksgiving Day.”

“The US government has stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people. Thank you to my Indigenous family, I’m with you today and always,” Kaepernick said.

Then, after U.S. armed forces killed Iran military commander Qassem Soleimani, Kaepernick accused the U.S. of engaging in racist “terrorist attacks.”

“There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism,” Kaepernick said. “America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world.”

However, when Obama was president, Kaepernick sang a much different tune on Independence Day.

In 2011, Kaepernick said, “Happy 4th of july everyone I hope everyone has a blessed day.”

In 2012, Kaepernick said, “Hope everyone has a blessed 4th, as for me I’m on that workout flow first.”

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Netflix announces Colin Kaepernick series based on his life and path to becoming an activist

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s life will be the subject of an upcoming Netflix series created by the same team that produced a recent Emmy-nominated series on the Central Park Five, CNN reported.

The series, “Colin in Black & White,” will be led by Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Michael Starrbury and Kaepernick and will “focus on Kaepernick’s formative high school years, lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today,” according to Netflix.

The project will be a scripted series focusing on Kaepernick’s upbringing as a black person adopted and raised by white parents and how that background shaped his path to becoming an NFL star and eventually a full-time social justice activist.

“Too often we see race and black stories portrayed through a White lens,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted black man in a White community, during my high school years. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

DuVernay has been supportive of Kaepernick’s controversial national anthem kneeling protest, which some blame for his departure from the league. DuVernay participated in a boycott of the Super Bowl and accused the NFL of racist treatment of Kaepernick.

Despite continued rhetoric from NFL executives and coaches about the potential for Kaepernick to resume his football career, it appears increasingly unlikely that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback will return to professional football. Kaepernick derailed a tryout set up by the league last year, and no team has expressed interest in signing him.

His off-field pursuits have been profitable, however. In addition to the upcoming Netflix series, Kaepernick has a lucrative Nike endorsement and a seven-figure deal for an upcoming memoir.

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Brett Favre says Pat Tillman ‘deserves the highest honor,’ walks back comparison to Colin Kaepernick

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre has issued a statement walking back comments he made over the weekend, when he suggested Colin Kaepernick would be held in the same “hero status” of the late NFL player Pat Tillman — who gave up his football career to become an Army Ranger and died for his country.

What are the details?

Favre clarified in a tweet on Monday, “Including Pat Tillman’s name in the interview on Colin Kaepernick was not a comparison of the two, but a recognition that they both sidelined their football dreams in pursuit of a cause. Pat tragically lost his life, making the ultimate sacrifice, and deserves the highest honor.”

During an interview with TMZ published Sunday, Favre said of Kaepernick, “It’s not easy for a guy his age — black or white, Hispanic, whatever — to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold, maybe forever, for something that you believe in.”

He added, “I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy that did something similar. And we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”

The comparison of Kaepernick to Tillman drew waves of backlash. Tillman, who played safety, gave up a multimillion dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals to join the military in 2002 following the 9/11 terror attacks. He served several tours overseas and was killed during an operation in Afghanistan in 2004.

He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star medals. The Cardinals retired Tillman’s jersey and there is a bronze statue of him outside the State Farm Stadium. Arizona State University named the football locker room entryway to Sun Devil Stadium, the “Pat Tillman Memorial Tunnel.”

What about Kaepernick?

TheBlaze‘s Paul Sacca pointed out, “Kaepernick’s poor play on the field and social justice distractions on the sidelines, including wearing socks depicting cops as pigs and praising Fidel Castro, prompted the San Francisco 49ers to reportedly consider releasing him in 2016, but before the team could let him go, Kaepernick opted out of his contract.”

Kaepernick continues to capitalize off hefty endorsement deals secured due to his status as a professional activist.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently said he hopes Kaepernick will help “guide” the league on issues pertaining to social justice, and he would also “support” a team signing the controversial quarterback.

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Former NFL star warns against the dangers of signing Colin Kaepernick: ‘Affirmative action for a Marxist’

Former NFL player Burgess Owens says that the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell should not be strong-armed into signing former NFL player-turned-Black Lives Matter activist Colin Kaepernick to a team.

What are the details?

Owens, who is running for Congress in Utah, told Sports Illustrated that hiring Kaepernick would be “affirmative action for a Marxist.”

“If it was a meritocracy, he would be out there anyway,” he said. “He would work hard; he would prove himself. He wouldn’t be taking someone else’s position. We’re looking at affirmative action for a Marxist. We’re approving their ideology.”

Owens said that if Kaepernick comes back, so should former NFL star — and outspoken Christian — Tim Tebow.

“If we’re going that route, we should also ask Tim Tebow to come back,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how long he’s been out of the game. It doesn’t matter his talent. He was a Christian who kneeled in prayer and was a positive on his team. The reason why Tim Tebow — as talented as he was with the Denver Broncos — the NFL didn’t like his essence. They thought he was too distracting … too distracting to his team and his organization.”

He pointed out that Kaepernick is just as big a distraction as Tebow reportedly was.

“Meanwhile, we’re willing to have the distraction of a Marxist, a Castro, brother-loving Marxist to come back and play that many Americans don’t want to see him play,” he insisted. “I just find it very disappointing. The NFL lost 15 percent of their audience last time, maybe a little bit more. The goal has been to increase their base, their revenue, by going overseas to places like China, Mexico, and England. They don’t care enough about their fans who love this country.”

He also added that if Kaepernick does come back to the league, he will not watch NFL games.

“If Goodell allows Kaepernick to come back, if they allow players to kneel during the national anthem, I’m willing to not watch the game,” he said.

Owens added that it all boils down to disrespecting the United States.

“We have too many Americans now accepting the notion that the flag should be a place where people should be ashamed of or take a knee, that’s what it comes down to,” he said. “I am disappointed that so many people are acquiescing today. They don’t understand the American way; they don’t understand the price paid.”

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Brett Favre says Colin Kaepernick should be considered a ‘hero’ like Army Ranger Pat Tillman

Brett Favre said that Colin Kaepernick, who lost his starting quarterback job to Blaine Gabbert and became a professional activist after NFL teams showed no interest in him, should be considered a “hero” like Pat Tillman, the football player who turned down a multi-million contract to become an Army Ranger following the September 11th terror attacks. Has Brett Favre taken too many hits to the head?

Favre gave an interview to TMZ Sports, where he made the bizarre comparison between the two former NFL players.

“It’s not easy for a guy his age – black or white, Hispanic, whatever – to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold, maybe forever, for something that you believe in,” Favre said of Kaepernick.

“I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy that did something similar,” Favre said. “And, we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”


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In Kaepernick’s last two NFL seasons, he had a pass completion percentage under 60% and a QB rating under 50. Kaepernick’s poor play on the field and social justice distractions on the sidelines, including wearing socks depicting cops as pigs and praising Fidel Castro, prompted the San Francisco 49ers to reportedly consider releasing him in 2016, but before the team could let him go, Kaepernick opted out of his contract.

Despite having backup quarterback talent, Kaepernick allegedly demanded a starting QB job with a starting QB salary. No NFL team has signed Kaepernick since he opted out of his 49ers contract in 2016.

Without a football career, Kapernick became a professional activist. In 2018, his decision paid off. Despite not playing football, Nike signed Kaepernick to a contract to sell athletic sneakers that paid him as much as “seven figures.”

Pat Tillman was a defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, and broke the franchise record for tackles in 2000 with 224. Then his world was turned upside down by the 9/11 terror attacks.

Following the 2001 NFL season, Tillman walked away from a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army.

“Sports embodied many of the qualities I deem meaningful: courage, toughness, strength etc., while at the same time the attention I received reinforced its seeming importance,” Tillman said in 2002. “However, these last few years, and especially after recent events, I’ve come to appreciate just how shallow and insignificant my role is. I’m no longer satisfied with the path I’ve been following… it’s no longer important.”

Tillman became a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, “the Army’s premier direct-action raid force.” He served tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004.

“On the evening of April 22, 2004, Pat’s unit was ambushed as it traveled through the rugged, canyon terrain of eastern Afghanistan,” the Pat Tillman Foundation website states. “His heroic efforts to provide cover for fellow soldiers as they escaped from the canyon led to his untimely and tragic death via fratricide.”

Tillman was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star medals. The Cardinals retired Tillman’s jersey and there is a bronze statue of him outside the State Farm Stadium. Arizona State University named the football locker room entryway to Sun Devil Stadium, the “Pat Tillman Memorial Tunnel.”


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Trump is asked if Colin Kaepernick should be allowed to play football — he says ‘absolutely’

President Donald Trump was asked if the controversial figure behind the kneeling protests during the national anthem should be allowed to play in the NFL again, and he answered enthusiastically that he should.

The president was responding to a question from WABC-TV’s Scott Thurman on Wednesday when he made the comments about former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who hasn’t played since the 2016 season.

“If he deserves it, he should. If he has the playing ability. He started off great, and then he didn’t end up very great in terms of, as a player,” said Trump.

“He was terrific in his rookie year and then I think he was very good in his second year, and then I think something happened so his playing wasn’t up to snuff,” he continued.

“The answer is, absolutely, I would. As far as kneeling, I would love to see him get another shot but obviously he has to be able to play well,” Trump concluded. “If he can’t play well, I think it would be very unfair.”

The inquiry came during a national debate over recent deaths of black men, including George Floyd in Minneapolis, and most recently, Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, by police officers.

The president had previously told his rally audience in September 2017 that kneelers should be fired from their teams.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a b***h off the field right now?” he said to booming applause.

A recent poll found that a majority of Americans believed it was appropriate for players to kneel on the field as a protest. Also, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that he hopes Kaepernick will help “guide” the league on issues pertaining to social justice, and he hopes a team will sign him.

Here’s the video of his Kaepernick comments:

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants Colin Kaepernick to ‘guide’ the league on social justice

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that he hopes former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will help “guide” the league on issues pertaining to social justice.

The commissioner also said during the interview with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg that he would “support” and “encourage” a team signing the controversial signal caller to its roster.

Kaepernick has not played in the league since 2016 when he was released by the 49ers following the season after losing his starting job to Blaine Gabbert. During that same season, he ignited controversy by kneeling during the national anthem at the start of games to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.

“Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s going to take a team to make that decision,” Goodell said. “But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.

“If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities,” Goodell continued. “We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody’s welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for a long time.”


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Goodell appears to be toeing the line as favorability toward Kaepernick’s kneeling movement has jumped significantly since the death of George Floyd, who died after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

A majority of Americans, 52%, now believe it is OK for NFL players to protest by kneeling during the anthem — up by nearly double since Kaepernick’s time in the league.

As protests and riots erupted across the country over Floyd’s death and Kaepernick’s kneeling movement gained support, Goodell looked to make amends with the black community.

Earlier this month, Goodell released a video apologizing for the NFL’s failure to listen to players regarding racial inequality.

“We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter,” Goodell said in the video. “I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country.”

However, according to ESPN, after the video was released, the commissioner was slammed for not mentioning Kaepernick by name.

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NFL player who told Drew Brees to ‘shut the f*** up’ about anthem kneeling hired as CNN contributor

New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins — a social justice leader in the NFL — has been hired by CNN as a contributor, PhillyVoice reported.

What else is Jenkins’ known for?

Jenkins made some different headlines early this month after publicly blasting teammate and exceedingly philanthropic quarterback Drew Brees, who made the mistake of saying that while he stands with players “fighting for racial equality and justice,” he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America” by kneeling during the national anthem.

Brees’ comments came amid the George Floyd protests and rioting, which likely rubbed some the wrong way.

Count Jenkins among them, who responded by telling Brees “sometimes you should shut the f*** up.”

“Our communities are under siege, and we need help,” Jenkins noted on social media. “And what you’re telling us is don’t ask for help that way. Ask for it a different way. I can’t listen to it when you ask that way. We’re done talking, Drew. And people who share your sentiments, who express those and push them throughout the world, the airwaves, are the problem.”

Jenkins also said, “[I]t’s unfortunate because I considered you a friend. I looked up to you. You’re somebody who I had a great deal of respect for.”

The past tense of Jenkins’ latter comments indicates his sentiments are no more — which should make it interesting in the Superdome locker room this fall.

What are the details of Jenkins’ CNN gig?

“Now more than ever, the public needs to be educated on the roles of elected positions of power, such as the District Attorney, Police Chief or City Council and how to hold those individuals accountable, especially through their voice and their vote,” Jenkins said in a statement to Variety, according to PhillyVoice. “In an important election year, I’m eager to join the CNN family and share my perspective as a regular contributor. I also want to thank CNN for their thoughtful leadership in viewing professional athletes beyond their sport as another educated voice who brings a varied perspective and value to the network’s programming and shows.”

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Jenkins, 32, has led a variety of community initiatives in recent years through his Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and the Players Coalition, which he spearheaded with retired wide receiver Anquan Boldin. The independent advocacy group secured a $100 million commitment from the NFL to support charities and organizations in the areas of criminal justice, education and law enforcement reform.

The two-time Super Bowl winner has previously written for CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post and also had a weekly feature with PhillyVoice during the 2018 football season. He is the co-founder of Listen Up Media, the production company behind “Black Boys,” a documentary on black life in the United States that will be released later this year.

What happened after Jenkins ripped Brees?

After Jenkins publicly blasted him, Brees quickly issued a lengthy apology for his words about anthem kneeling, saying “it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.”

Brees then issued a second apology, noting in an Instagram video, “I know there’s not much that I can say that would make things any better right now, but I just want you to see my eyes, how sorry I am for the comments I made yesterday,” Brees said. “I am sorry, and I will do better, and I will be part of the solution, and I am your ally.”

And after President Donald Trump said Brees shouldn’t have apologized, the quarterback took to Instagram again and penned a message to Trump, saying “we must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues of systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial & prison reform. We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history! If not now, then when?”

Brees’ wife Brittany also issued a “WE ARE THE PROBLEM” apology on the Instagram page of the Brees Dream Foundation, an organization “serving terminally-ill adults and their families by providing end-of-life dreams that offer inspiration, comfort and closure.”

Jenkins wasn’t the only athlete to lay into Brees. NBA star LeBron James took to Twitter and wrote, “WOW MAN!! Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn’t! You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of and our soldiers (men and women) who keep our land free. My father-in-law was one of those … men who fought as well for this country.”

Even New Orleans residents reportedly broke out in anti-Brees shouts following his remarks, screaming “F*** Drew Brees!”

But after Brees’ comments to Trump, Jenkins told the quarterback in an Instagram story that “as much as your comments hurt me and many other people, I appreciate you for listening because being heard is a big part of it.” Others accepted Brees’ apology as well.

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US Soccer reverses itself, repeals rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem

The U.S. Soccer Federation voted to reverse a rule that required players to stand during the national anthem. “U.S. Soccer affirms Black Lives Matter, and we support the fight against racial injustices,” a Wednesday statement said.

The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors voted to repeal Policy 604-1, which prohibited players from kneeling during the national anthem.

“The policy was put in place after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in solidarity with the peaceful protest inspired by Colin Kaepernick, who was protesting police brutality, and the systematic oppression of Black people and people of color in America,” the U.S. Soccer Federation said. “It has become clear that this policy was wrong and detracted from the important message of Black Lives Matter.”

The U.S. Soccer Federation said it had “not done enough to listen — especially to our players — to understand and acknowledge the very real and meaningful experiences of Black and other minority communities in our country.”

“We apologize to our players — especially our Black players — staff, fans, and all who support eradicating racism,” the federation said. “Sports are a powerful platform for good, and we have not used our platform as effectively as we should have. We can do more on these specific issues and we will.

“It should be, and will be going forward, up to our players to determine how they can best use their platforms to fight all forms of racism, discrimination, and inequality,” the statement said. “We are here for our players and are ready to support them in elevating their efforts to achieve social justice.

“We cannot change the past, but we can make a difference in the future,” the statement concluded. “We are committed to this change effort, and we will be implementing supporting actions in the near future.”

Rapinoe kneeled during the national anthem at an international match in September 2016. The gesture was to show solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before San Francisco 49ers preseason games before the 2016 NFL season.

“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 explained in August 2016 as his reason for the kneeling. “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.”

“It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t,” Rapinoe said in September 2016. “Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it.”

Last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was “wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier” following the backlash over George Floyd’s death while in Minneapolis police custody.

“We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” Goodell said. “We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.

“I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much needed change in this country. Without black players, there would be no National Football League, and the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality, and oppression of black players, coaches, fans, and staff,” Goodell added. “We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and go forward for a better and more united NFL family.”

Last week, New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees and his wife issued several apologies for making statements that condemned kneeling during the national anthem.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly castigated players who kneel during the national anthem. Most famously, President Trump said in 2017: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a b***h off the field right now?”

“You know,” Trump added. “Some owner’s gonna do that. He’s gonna say that guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.”

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‘Give Colin Kaepernick a job back,’ Al Sharpton orders NFL chief during George Floyd’s funeral

Rev. Al Sharpton used his platform at George Floyd’s funeral Tuesday to scold NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying his apology on behalf of the league was insufficient and then ordering Goodell to “give Colin Kaepernick a job back.”

What are the details?

Speaking during a service held for Floyd in his hometown of Houston, Sharpton said, “The head of the NFL (Roger Goodell) said, ‘Yeah, maybe we was wrong. Football players, maybe they did have the right to peacefully protest,'” MassLive reported.

“Well, don’t apologize,” Sharpton continued. “Give Colin Kaepernick a job back. Don’t come with some empty apology. Take a man’s livelihood. Strip a man down of his talents. And four years later, when the whole world is marching, all of a sudden you go and do a FaceTime, talk about you sorry. Minimizing the value of our lives.”

Sharpton added, “You sorry? Then repay the damage you did to the career you stood down, ’cause when Colin took a knee, he took it for the families in this building. And we don’t want an apology. We want him repaired.”

Sharpton’s remarks were met with loud applause from the audience.

After two weeks of protests, riots, and looting in cities across the U.S. over the May 25 death of Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, kneeling and honoring the Black Lives Matter movement has become a popular practice by demonstrators — including many politicians.

What’s the history?

In 2016, Kaepernick — then quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers — sparked a firestorm when he began taking a knee while the national anthem was played during games in protest over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of law enforcement. The league pushed back against the protests at the time, amid criticism that the demonstrations were disrespectful to the U.S. and the flag.

Kaepernick was released by the 49ers, but found fame through his protests and signed lucrative endorsement deals with Nike despite no longer being a player. A special workout was held for Kaepernick last year in an effort to have an NFL team pick him up again, but he has not been re-signed.

What did the NFL players say?

Last week, a group of black NFL players released a video calling on the league to “condemn racism and the systemic oppression of black people,” to “admit wrong in silencing [their] players from peacefully protesting,” and to declare they “believe black lives matter.”

Goodell responded with a video statement wherein he said, in part, “We, the National Football League, condemn racism, and the systemic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to the NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protests. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter.”

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‘The View’ co-hosts laud Colin Kaepernick: He deserves back pay and an apology — oh, and a Nobel Peace Prize, too

Co-hosts on “The View” expressed their love and appreciation for NFL player-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick on Tuesday.

What are the details?

At least two of the show’s co-hosts lauded Kaepernick’s activism efforts amid — and leading up to — the George Floyd protests.

Co-host Sunny Hostin said that Kaepernick — who has not played in the NFL since spearheading the national anthem protest movement in 2016 — should be rehired in the NFL, and should receive back pay along with a comprehensive apology.

She also insisted that Kaepernick, an outspoken racial equality advocate, should receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

“I think he’s not only owed an apology,” she said. “I think he’s owed his job. I think he’s owed back pay. I think he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. I think what is fascinating about it is when you listen to [NFL Commissioner] Roger Goodell’s mea culpa, he mentions everything. He says we are wrong. We should have listened. Athletes in the league are now allowed to take a knee. We support peaceful protests. He mentions everything except the name of the man who started this peaceful protest.”

Hostin added that Kaepernick’s gesture of taking a knee during the protests has become the symbol of the racial equality movement.

“Taking the knee has become the symbol of these protests. We see it just all over the country,” she said. “We see it actually internationally now. I think it’s shameful that people were allowed to co-opt that movement and make it about the flag and make it something it was never about. It really is just shameful. I’m sort of shocked that Roger Goodell never mentioned [Kaepernick’s] name.”

Co-host Joy Behar later added that she feels Kaepernick isn’t so dissimilar from boxing star Muhammad Ali, and also “gave up his livelihood for a principle.”

“Well, you know, Sunny just said Colin Kaepernick is really the hero of this and should be rewarded instead of thrown out of his job,” Behar said.

“I think that Roger Goodell and the NFL need to get behind history and not be on the wrong side of it,” Behar insisted. “I say that about a lot of people. Mitch McConnell and the rest of them, who are on the wrong side of history right now. They will pay the price in years to come.”

(H/T: The Daily Caller)

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Drew Brees’ wife apologizes for husband’s kneeling comments: ‘We are the problem’

New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees has made several apologies following statements he made about kneeling during the national anthem. Now, his wife is apologizing for the QB’s comments about kneeling following the backlash.

Brittany Brees, the quarterback’s wife, issued a lengthy apology on the Instagram page of the Brees Dream Foundation, an organization “serving terminally-ill adults and their families by providing end-of-life dreams that offer inspiration, comfort and closure.” The post starts out by saying, “WE ARE THE PROBLEM.”

“I write this with tears in my eyes and I hope you all hear our hearts,” Brittany wrote. “I have read these quotes and scripture 1000 times and every time I read it and the words sink into my heart. I think yes this is what it’s all about.”

“How could anyone who knows us or has had interactions with us think that Drew or I have a racist bone in our body? But that’s the whole point,” she said. “Somehow we as white America, we can feel good about not being racist, feel good about loving one an another as God loves us. We can feel good about educating our children about the horrors of slavery and history. We can read books to our children about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X., Hank Aaron, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman…and feel like we are doing our part to raise our children to love, be unbiased and with no prejudice. To teach them about all of the African Americans that have fought for and risked their lives against racial injustice.”

“Somehow as white Americans we feel like that checks the box of doing the right thing,” she continued. “Not until this week did Drew and I realize THAT THIS IS THE PROBLEM.”

“To say ‘I don’t agree with disrespecting the flag’… I now understand was also saying I don’t understand what the problem really is, I don’t understand what you’re fighting for, and I’m not willing to hear you because of our preconceived notion’s of what that flag means to us,” she stated.

“That’s the problem we are not listening, white America is not hearing,” the caption read. “We’re not actively LOOKING for racial prejudice. We have heard stories from men and women we have known and loved for years about the racism that occurred in their lives…stories that were never shared or talked about because somehow they were considered normal.”

“To all of our friends and anyone we hurt…we will do better…We want to do better, we want to HEAR you, and we will fight for you because thinking we are not part of the problem…is checking the box it means we are are not doing enough,” she concluded. “It’s our job to educate ourselves. We are sorry.”

Brittany Brees’ verbose apology was in response to the criticism that her quarterback husband received after his interview with Yahoo Finance, where he said that he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.”

In the interview, Brees was asked about former San Francisco 49ers quarterback turned-activist Colin Kaepernick.

“I love and respect my teammates, and I stand right there with them in regard to fighting for racial equality and justice,” Brees said. “I also stand with my grandfathers, who risked their lives for this country, and countless other military men and women who do it on a daily basis.”

Brees was lambasted by fellow NFL players as well as LeBron James. Some people defended Brees, including former NFL coach Tony Dungy and former running back Herschel Walker. President Donald Trump supported Brees’ stance on kneeling during the national anthem.

“Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and leaders in the black community, I realize this is not an issue about the American flag,” Brees said in response to Trump. “It has never been. We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities.”

The 41-year-old quarterback has issued several apologies for his comments in the week since the interview was published, which coincided with nationwide George Floyd protests and discussions about police brutality.

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