by G. Brown
The protest started by the former SF 49ers QB has grown from one man standing against police brutality to a national movement that has united former team mates, competing teams and even some team owners in the fight. The recent publicity after comments by the president pressuring the NFL to fire those who exercise their constitutional rights has turned one man’s voice into a global outcry in which even a German soccer team mirrored the fight for tolerance and understanding by linking arms and bending the knee.
— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) October 14, 2017
Still, the man’s name whose name will go down in history for launching the movement still can’t find a job. Now Kaepernick is ready to fight for his own future. Huff Post reports Kapernick has “filed a grievance against the National Football League, accusing owners of colluding to keep him from playing.”
Kaepernick has been a free agent since he opted out of his 49ers contract at the end of last season. Since then, he’s been looking for a new job on the gridiron to no avail. Sports pundits and fans have speculated that the protest is what’s keeping a team from signing Kaepernick because the owners don’t want the negative publicity that will come with hiring the man who started what’s often incorrectly called the national anthem protest. Kaepernick isn’t protesting the anthem, the flag or patriotism. From the start he’s made it clear that instead of standing for the playing of the anthem, he would kneel to raise awareness about the police brutality waged against Blacks and people of color.
Kaepernick’s lawyer Mark Geragos said in a released statement, “If the NFL … is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful protest — which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago — should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government.”
Good point, but sadly the hypocrisy of the meritocracy is no longer a concern it seems. Sure owners took part in the spectacle when it benefited them to look supportive when the cameras were focused on the protests, but now the nation is focused on Hollywood and sexual assault. So the owners are back to ignoring the protest. Land of the free, home of the brave and country of many hypocrites.
Kaepernick has proven he can take a hit on the field, now he may take another hit in the legal field because collusion won’t be easy to prove.
What do you think…does Kaepernick stand a chance of winning this? Even if he wins, will he ever get a chance to play professional football again?