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NEW YORK (AP) — Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick  are demanding he be signed by a team before the National Football League season starts next month.

They gathered outside the NFL’s New York City headquarters on Wednesday to show their support for the free agent, who once played in the Super Bowl but opted out of his contract and hasn’t been signed.

Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem before games as a protest of police brutality targeting blacks. His supporters say he’s being blackballed. Critics point to his playing ability and say he should have stood.

The Rev. Jamal Bryant says the league doesn’t mind if black players get concussions but “they just got a problem if black players get a conscience.”

People gather in support of unsigned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in front of NFL headquarters in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem as a protest against police brutality and is now without a team. His supporters say he’s being blackballed, which has been supported by NFL executives both on and off the record who say the feedback they’ve gotten has made them leery of signing him to a team. The free agent once played in the Super Bowl but hasn’t been signed by any football club. The NFL is over 70% black and all of its billionaire team owners are White males.

NY Giants owner John Mara told Sports Illustrated eariier this year why signing Kaepernick might be a problem for NFL teams.

“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue: ‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game,'” Mara said of not standing for the anthem. “It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more so than any other issue I’ve run into.”

Mara once signed kicker Josh Brown even after he admitted to domestic violence. Brown was released by the Giants after the admission became public and has not returned to the NFL.

Though Kaepernick has not spoken publicly about his NFL career, other NFL players have joined the anthem protest.

Kaepernick announced more donations from his charity this week in his stated goal to give away one million dollars to various charities.

Some critics say it’s about his ability as a player. Others say he should have stood for the anthem.

The NAACP sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday about the situation, saying it’s “no sheer coincidence” Kaepernick is unsigned. The civil rights organization wants a meeting with the NFL to discuss the situation.

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32 thoughts on “Demonstrators March Outside NFL Office In Support Of Colin Kaepernick

  1. @jhufnsnuf. I will continue to bitch about the white man not giving the blk man a lst chance or a 2nd chance, Especially when they make a mistake in life.

    • YES this is the new Black privileged affirmative action, it’s no longer about the content of one’s character or ability but how to make others see your point of view

      • specialt757 on said:

        “content of character”? Name one crime Kap committed or was accused of committing? Name one criminal charge he pleaded guilty to?
        I can name a slew of NFL players who have committed, or have been charged or accused of, that are on the rosters today.

      • We saw the point of view but every game (damn)
        You reap what you sow. When taking a stand consider the consequences. Remember the NFL is a business.
        Lots of business tycoons are participants when it comes to paying these athletes. Peace

  2. Yes and meanwhile the 10’s of thousands of minority businesses who’s lively hood comes from concessions memorabilia and support services of those events go on welfare Yep let’s see how that works out for yah

    • Your constant bashing of the blk community is old and tired. Take that shit over to britebart news, with your boy Steve bannon.

      • Kind of like listening to your constant bitching about how the white man has f@cked you over all your life and you’ll never achieve anything because “the white man keeps you down”

  3. It’s been reported that on most of these teams, there qbs aren’t as good as Kap. He is being blackballed. rather the league / or public wants admit it. If more players had kneeled last yr like they are this yr, they chances of him being blackballed, probably would have been less

  4. How come the plantation minions scream free speech when CK protests in uniform on the playing field in representation of the team but when a cop, CEO or employee voices their protest for a cause those same fools call for their termination

  5. What movement? We are always in a perpetual movement!! Why don’t we “move” to do some self reflection and focus on reconnecting with God and try to find the values that support his plan for us!! Why don’t we “move” and pledge to stop killing each other, disrespecting each other, taking better care of ourselves and families and stop blaming whites for all of our problems!!

    Colin will be just fine. He took his stance and he has to understand that everyone will agree and support and the NFL, his employer, has the right hold him accountable or not for his actions. He does not have to stand for the anthem and he does not have to be an American or even live in this country!!

    Since, of late, America has been such anathema to so many people since Trump was elected, then I suggest they move or find some place else that will be more accepting of whatever they deem is wrong with our country.

    Why doesn’t he or others start by moving to say…. Mexico and see how much free speech, freedom of expression through constant protests and agitation they can get away with or break a law or cross their boarder illegal and see how long they end up in a Mexican prison ( if they even live to tell the story!!).

    America is not and will never be perfect but – having lived overseas and visited many countries – we are A LOT BETTER THAN MOST!!!

    So, continue to protest peacefully, but while you at it take some time to remember that there are many great things about this country and I would not want to live anyplace else long term!!

    But, if people hate it so much, they are free to try something different.

  6. Passing Through! on said:

    AGAIN…..We can support Colin, address black unemployment, black on black crime, black business creation and other civil rights issues all at the same time. It’s really an insult to the black race that we have to pick and choose what black issue we can address instead of supporting them all. F**k we can walk and chew gum at the same time. And just because the NFL creates black millionaires doesn’t give them the right to silence someone from protesting racism. And you can’t tell black ball players what to do with their money no matter how irresponsible their actions may be. Missing the whole point as to why Colin took a knee.

      • But NO we haven’t under the 8 years of “the boy king” black unemployment has gone up black on black crime has gone up the number of blacks on public assistance..gone up. Ah but there are some downs black home ownership black high school graduations.

  7. ben mac, they will stand firm until they begin to see an affect on profits, and trust and believe, they will start to sing a new song. The NFL is all about money, and when that money is affected, they will be like the turncoats and do what they have to do to preserve their financial empires. That is fact all day long!!!!

    • Mac Ben on said:

      Ok. Lets see who runs out of money first…; Further, we all know who purchases the majority of game tickets, and by proxy, concessions…not to mention the average $20 billion in tv rights that the teams owners share.

      There is a new draft every year. Players are expendable.

  8. Mac Ben on said:

    Maybe he quasi- blackass should have stayed in SanFran if he wanted to play ball…; besides no one has the “right” to protest on their employer’s time. And playing football is not a right, but a privilege. Team owner’s are not obligated to draft, or retain anyone!!! Football in the NFL is at-will employment. Either party can terminate the employment, at anytime. I hope the league stands firm on this.

  9. specialt757 on said:

    One other thing before I go…black on black is something that none of us want to see happen in our community. None of us on this blog can justify the killings that occur in our major cities across the country or make sense of it. We all know it’s a problem, we all have ideas of how to make a dent towards a solution, but ultimately, it’s up to the individuals to value their own lives, and that they will value the lives of others. We as blacks have done things like, entrepreneurial leadership, creating black owned banks and business, mentorship programs, schools, and etc…Could we do more. Sure, will this solve all our problems, doubt it. Again, there is a lot of bad blood in America, and it didn’t get started by blacks.

  10. specialt757 on said:

    Look back in history if you will, and notice that no changes occurred because white men of power decided one day, “oh I think I’ll stop hating blacks today and give them some of the same rights as we enjoy.” NO, we had to fight to get the rights we enjoy today, even the rights we were promised by the U.S. Constitution, although we all know, we were not included in the “We the People” initially, oh but they f**ked up and were FORCED yet once again, to recognize we are human beings.

  11. specialt757 on said:

    I say to the people who believe that we play victim all the time, that’s because America has shown us over and over that they don’t like or respect us as people. They don’t think we deserve the same rights as whites. Yes, we’ve made major strides as a people, but the only reason we did, is because of people like Kap, who risked and sacrificed his future as a NFL player to shine light on police brutality against black Americans.

  12. The “MOVEMENT” is growing and continues to grow. It is so funny how the HATERS find anything possible to target about this POSITIVE and PEACEFUL MOVEMENT. They had time because THEY TOOK TIME to be there and support a man who was NOT afraid to speak out against police brutality and injustice towards the African American community. Totally NOT interested in the nfl right now and I put it in lower case intentionally and on purpose. The nfl basically represents a modern day slave plantation caught on camera for the entire world to see. The rich and wealthy team owners represent the slave masters, the coaches and GM’s their slave watchmen, and of course the players (on the field) 95% of them “BLACK” represents the SLAVES busy at work performing to please their masters. Kaepernick took a stand and YES he knew it was a huge risk involved in doing so, just like many of my ancestors did when they decided to make an escape off the plantation or sneak away to learn how to read etc. All our decisions come with a certain level of risks. However, he did NOT allow the oppression and intimidation to sway him from doing what he knew HAD to be done. That’s courage that’s bravery that is what a TRUE leader does! But of course just like he expected the slave masters were extremely upset about it and have vowed to “make him pay”. Now, this is 2017 and they can’t lynch him, or beat him, or cut half his foot off to limit his ability of future escape and bring punishment. So what could they do? Blackball him to teach this BOY to “STAY IN HIS PLACE”! My mother has a saying…”It’s sad but true” and so it is in the case of Colin Kaepernick. Every excuse can be made possible as to why he is NOT currently a starting QB in the nfl but there is only ONE true reason why. He sat and kneeled for the injustice brought to a specific group of people that he himself is a part of and spoke volumes without saying a word. Who would have thought that such a simple gesture would make a wave as great as the MOVEMENT he has started that goes so far beyond football. Over 750 people were killed by police this year already and people have a nerve to be upset with one man who peacefully took a stance against it. Yet we have a POTUS in office who took a stance to defend neo-Nazis, white supremacist, and KKK members in the innocent death of an honest American citizen who was displaying her freedom of speech. Meanwhile, police stood by and made no attempt to intervene. That part is a damn shame! I support CK and I support the MOVEMENT. Boycott the nfl!!!

    • specialt757 on said:

      Thank you, I agree with every word.
      And if you hadn’t mentioned it, I was going to add that we should not lose sight off what Kap’s protest is all about. He’s not protesting getting his job back, Kap is protesting against the America’s injustices towards black citizens, born and raised. Beauty people who, I remind you, were forced over here to build a county for people who don’t like or respect them. I’ll stop here…for now.

  13. americanize on said:

    This is simple racism at its best the white supremist fans said they were not going to support any team that sign colin,white folks stay on code,its time for black folks to get on code.Boycott the NFL.

  14. Joe Gonzales on said:

    This so called protest will go nowhere. How the heck did all of those people have time to take off from work to go and protest on behalf of a multi-millionaire biracial football player raised in an upper class millionaire white family in Wisconsin? The NAACP is losing lots of credibility they have changed and Leadership several times the reason being they no longer are effective. Real civil rights issue that we black people face is the ability to require scales to start small businesses in the service industry. These businesses including supplying hair products to our people as opposed to buying them from racist Koreans. Another example is starting our own carpentry businesses. These same leaders should be asking to get the help of corporate executives and volunteering to teach black businesses on how to become successful. We need to get expertise on how to run small businesses and how to become intrapreneurs to gain our own economical power. Where we need to do is also to ensure that American black dollars I circulated at least three times within our own communities. We have traveled down this road a protesting for many years it is an easy way out for celebrity to get their names out there using misguided African Americans to generate publicity for a multi-millionaire player. NFL owners I’m not going to budge. You and all of us black folks have no case when we say that they are a bunch of racist. The NFL football has created more black millionaires then any other sports organizations. Thousands millionaires that are black have been created. Many of these black people they waste their money and I’m broke. We should spend more time educating these players to buy hair supply stores and we need to educate black people to buy from black stores. And we should also indicate by people that are business owners to provide us black people good service to be competitive and to show respect for their own people. That is where the efforts should be focused on to elevate the life of all black people. Colin Kaepernick does not need our help poor black families do. Young black American males need help not in terms of money alone but skills to become business people and this requires not only money but education and mentorship from retired business Executives that would be glad to help us if the NAACPwould get off their ass

    • Well, this biracial multi millionaire took a stand that many blacks do not do (and he took the risk of LOSING HIS MILLIONS and contract which says a lot. A broke man has nothing to lose.). I am sick of people who think blacks can only focus on one thing. WRONG. I do not care if you are a rich black man or poor black man, if you want to be in a movement, DO IT. Joe, if you do not want to support Colin, that is YOU. You just made a list of things. Well get off yourself and be in a movement to do those things. You wont be wrong but neither is what Colin and others are doing for him.

      • Remember Amber, Joe Gonzales is the same man who supports another rich black man’s freedom of speech, George Foreman. He’s obviously bias against which black man he will support. Kap, as of today has given $800K as promised towards his $1M contributions to organizations in support of black American causes. He put his money where his mouth is, unlike Mr. Gonzales who says one thing and does another.
        Joe, take a seat over there by MacBen, another self-hating brotha, who’s married to becky.

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