Colin Kaepernick fired back at the NFL in response to a viral news story.
What Colin Kaepernick Had to Say
Kaepernick sent a tweet on Sunday (September 12) in regard to a Deadspin article. The feature was about Eric Reid being blackballed by the National Football League for fighting for social justice in the Black community.
“While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) for fighting for the Black community,” Kaepernick wrote. “Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.”
See the tweet, below.
Journalist Chuck Modiano wrote the article that details Reid’s plight for justice. Earlier this year, the NFL ranked Reid as the seventh most valuable free agent on the market. Now, all six people ahead of him have been signed and he is now No. 1 on the list.
“My agents have been in communications with teams daily, but there have been no developments,” Reid told the outlet.
As a reminder, the first time Kaepernick knelt during the National Anthem in 2016, Reid was the first San Fransisco 49ers teammate to join him. After that season, Kaepernick has not been re-signed to an NFL team.
The NFL on Protesting
Kaepernick has been vocal about the countless racial injustices happening in the world. He was one of the first to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement.
The NFL somewhat apologized to Kaepernick and those who wanted the federation to speak out regarding these issues. Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that they were wrong about protesting for Black Lives Matter. The apology came after the tragic murder of George Floyd.
“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”
“It has been a difficult time for our country, in particular black people in our country,” he continued. “First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all the families who have endured police brutality.”