New NFL season, same drama surrounded unsigned controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
With the recent news of two teams passing on Kaepernick, civil rights groups gather together to express their distaste of the once Super Bowl quarterback being treated unfairly due to his infamous choice to kneel during the National Anthem. Civil rights groups such as, the People’s Consortium and Justice League NYC, are planning a rally on Aug. 23, 2017, outside of NFL headquarters in New York City in support of the quarterback.
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) August 8, 2017
Famed director Spike Lee showed his support tweeting this Tuesday morning. Lee went on to say he will do his best to make it, but if not “I will be there in spirit and solidarity.”
By the way, Spike Lee spelled Kaepernick’s name wrong. C’mon Spike, you’re better than that.
Kaepernick has been facing some harsh criticism for his decision to take a knee during the National Anthem last season. The non-violent gesture was done to raise awareness to social inequalities with blacks and police officers, in full support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
While several players, and the entire Seattle Seahawks team, supported and joined Kaepernick in his National Anthem protest, Kaepernick has been the target for NFL owners who refuse to sign the QB.
For the most part, Kaepernick has handled this very well. He is taking this in stride, not letting this negativity get in the way of his time spent helping charities like Meals on Wheels and 100 Suits for 100 Men.
A similar, smaller rally in support of Kaepernick was held earlier this spring outside the NFL HQ.
There has been many injuries in the recent weeks since training camp officially began. Kaepernick’s name has come up for a few NFL teams in need of a quarterback, specifically the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens.
Dolphins lost starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the season after suffering a non-contact knee injury during drills. This opened the idea of bringing in outside help for the team and Keapernick’s name reportedly came up.
Source: Colin Kaepernick's name was raised w/i #Dolphins' front office as potential insurance at QB posn after Ryan Tannehill injured Thurs.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 3, 2017
After all that, the Dolphins decided to sign recently retired QB Jay Cutler over Kaepernick. Reports indicate tje decision was based on team needs and because Cutler and Dolphins head coach Adam Gase have a past, as they worked together while in Chicago.
As for the Ravens, the team also considered signing Kaepernick after their Super Bowl winning quarterback, Joe Flacco, was sidelined with an injury but, instead, opted for relative unknown David Olson.
Which is all well and good except the team, particularly owner Steve Bisciotti, participated in a lot of public hand-wringing over the potential of signing Kaepernick, including asking fans to “pray for us.”
Statement on today’s report regarding Colin Kaepernick: pic.twitter.com/ubfpwVA35O
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 2, 2017
Kaepernick has remained silent during this whole media circus act, but says he is ready for a chance to prove he still belongs in this league.