Fans of NFL Controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick think he deserves an opportunity to continue his NFL career. Those backers include the NAACP and former and current members of the New York City Police Department, such as famed corruption fighter Frank Serpico.
Kaepernick has been unable to find himself a new team since he opted out of his contract after last season. His fans say NFL team owners have blackballed Kaepernick since he staged a one-man protest last year on behalf of African-Americans and other minorities — by kneeling rather than standing for the national anthem before each week's match.
But critics have said his refusal to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” has been disrespectful to the country and its support members.
Kaepernick, you don't respect our flag. We don't respect you. Simple.
— Kathy (@soverykathy) August 8, 2017
His supporters defended him Saturday. The NAACP called for a boycott of all NFL games before Kaepernick gets an equal chance at creating a roster for the upcoming season.”There will be no NFL in the state of Georgia if Colin Kaepernick isn't on a training camp roster and given a chance to pursue his livelihood,” Gerald Griggs of the Atlanta NAACP told Fox 5.
Riggs warned that if Kaepernick remains unsigned to a deal as of 5 p.m. Sept. 17, “We are going to have the world’s largest tailgate and that tailgate will not go into Mercedes-Benz Stadium.” (Riggs was referring to the new $1.6 billion home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.)
“We are going to take a knee, and we'll continue to have a knee to the NFL until they act with a single voice,” Riggs said. The threat of a nationwide boycott is supposed to send a message to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners of the NFL's 32 teams, ” Riggs said.
In New York, Serpico and other present and former NYPD officers wore T-shirts with “#imwithkap” on them during a gathering in Brooklyn. He's trying to hold up this government, up to our founding fathers,” said Serpico, 81, who was portrayed by Al Pacino in the 1973 film, “Serpico.”
Sgt. Edwin Raymond spoke of the need for racial healing in the country.
“Until racism in America is no longer taboo, we own up to it, we admit it, we understand it and then we do what we have to do to solve it,” he said. “Unfortunately we're going to have these issues.”
Kaepernick has thrown for 72 touchdowns and more than 12,000 yards across six seasons with the 49ers.
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