The NFL is no stranger to controversy. Over the past several years the NFL has faced issues with concussions, domestic violence, child abuse, and the overall safety of the game. CTE has now become a common word for both football players and fans.
Now the NFL faces a new threat with the ongoing Colin Kaepernick saga. Last year, the biggest storyline in the NFL was players protesting; spearheaded by Colin Kaepernick who kneeled down during the national anthem to protest police brutality. That storyline continues this offseason as Kaepernick still remains unsigned.
Kaepernick unemployment has brought up talks of collusion, and blackballing by the NFL and its owners. Giants owner, John Mara talked about how he received tons of emotional mail from Giants fans who threatened to never come to games again if an Giants players protested the National Anthem. In his own words, he's never seen anything like it.
Then the Baltimore Ravens were interested in signing Kaepernick, with GM Newsome and HC Harbaugh both on board with the move, but were blocked by team owner Biscotti. In a nutshell NFL owners want nothing to do with Kaepernick.
There are two philosophies about the Colin Kaepernick protest. Some people feel he disrespected the American Flag and American soldiers, the ultimate crime. Others like Kaepernick fellow NFL brothers, athletes in others sports, and African Americans all over, understand this protest was never about disrespect the flag.
This protest was about police brutality against African Americans in this country. "Black Americans are more than twice as likely as white Americans to be killed by police officers." In 2016, the year Kaepernick started his protest, 266 Black Americans were killed by police officers.
This is a painful struggle that African Americans face on daily basis. Kaepernick used his platform as a football player to shed light and bring awareness to this ugly issue that more often than not gets swept up the rung. For exercising his right of freedom of speech, Kaepernick is being punished by NFL owners
NFL owners are making an example out of Kaepernick. There basically saying if you go against us in any way this is what will happen to you. The NFL's handling of Colin Kaepernick has exposed there true colors. They employ African Americans players (almost 70% percent of players are black), but they don't understand or care about the struggles we face.
What makes the Colin Kaepernick ordeal so hard to understand is that the NFL has given second chances to players who committed murder, and abuse woman and children. Yet, Kaepernick can't get signed by a team because of a peaceful protest.
With each passing day that Kaepernick remains unsigned the NFL's image continues to take a hit. It's become blatantly obvious that the NFL doesn't care about the wellbeing of African Americans in this county even though Africans Americans make up most of the league.
How can we support a league that doesn't support us?