Calls for NFL boycott emerging from Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment

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The crowdsourcing effort by teams like the Ravens to determine whether Colin Kaepernick should have a job now has another factor to consider: Fans who believe Kaepernick is being unfairly shunned may shun pro football.

In addition to online petitions that have lingered for the past few weeks, the Atlanta NAACP announced on Friday a boycott of the NFL.

“There will be no football in the state of Georgia if Colin Kaepernick is not on a training camp roster and given an opportunity to pursue his career,” said Gerald Griggs of the Atlanta NAACP at a Friday press conference, via fox5atlanta.com. “This is not a simple request. This is a statement. This is a demand.”

The owner of the local NFL team in Atlanta has issued a statement that states, essentially, “Don’t blame me for this.”

“I have a long record of active opposition to any symbol or behavior that represents exclusion or discrimination, both personally and in keeping with the core values of our businesses,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement provided to fox5atlanta.com. “I, along with our Family Foundation, the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United have never and will never waver from that stance.”

Another group has launched a #blackout in response to the situation with a video posted at YouTube.

“Kaepernick engaged in a silent, non-violent protest,” says Senior Pastor Deblaire Snell of the First SDA Church in Huntsville, Alabama. “He did this to raise awareness to the number of brown and black individuals that have been beaten and killed at the hands of law enforcement across this country. Since the end of last season, as a result of this protest, Colin Kaepernick has been unable to find employment in the NFL. I find that strange, seeing that the NFL has employed individuals that have been convicted of sexual assault, domestic violence, cruelty to animals, along with driving while under the influence. A number of NFL owners have come out and stated the reason they cannot employ him is because of a fear of a backlash from sponsors or a certain segment of their fan base. And it’s interesting that they’ve capitulated thus far to a certain segment of the fan base while fearing no backlash from the African-American community. . . .

“My belief is simply this. If Colin Kaepernick was willing to take a stand for those of us who are non-celebrities that would have to interact with law enforcement on a day-to-day basis, if he’s willing to take a knee for us, certainly we ought to take a stand, and stand with him.”

Over the balance of the video, various others explain that there will be a refusal to watch the NFL, a refusal to purchase NFL merchandise, and a refusal to participate in fantasy football.

“We want you to know this protest is not anti-flag, because people of color love the Stars and Stripes,” says Dr. Leslie N. Pollard, president of Oakwood University. “This protest is not anti-American, because people of color have loved this country, even when this country has not loved us back. And this protest is not anti-veteran, because we support those who have made sacrifices so that our liberties have been secured. This protest is to ensure the rights of all Americans regardless of color and creed to be heard.”

It’s one thing to launch the effort. It’s another thing for the effort to have an impact.

Regardless, the effort officially has been launched. And now the NFL and its teams will have to decide whether to risk angering one side over potentially alienating the other side.

Ideally, the NFL and its teams would forget about who it’s going to upset and instead make a decision based on the core question of right vs. wrong.

211 responses to “Calls for NFL boycott emerging from Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment

  1. i never knew there were so many people who dont understand nfl economics. he wants more money than teams are willing to pay a backup qb.
    those that have starters worse than him, are mostly trying to get their draft picks seasoned.
    that really just leaves the jets, who are clearly trying to tank.

  2. Ugh this will have zero effect other than making liberals looks like whiny idiots.

    I support players who engage in non-violent protest. I think CK could probably eke out a roster spot somewhere. I voted for Hillary, I think Trump is an illiterate goon. But I also think this refusal to let the CK thing die a quiet death is just making things worse, for everyone

  3. It would be a lot easier to take them seriously if they would even try to explain why the other players who protested are still playing in the NFL. Going to be even harder to take them, and the paltry others still trying to bang this drum, seriously when the season starts and the league doesn’t miss a beat.

  4. WHAT???? This is the problem with today’s NAACP and other such groups. This is a different time. It calls for better approaches. These are not the days of a lunch counter sit in. Is it? The NFL is what something like 70% black!!!!!!!!!!! Do you really want to cut into the very people you stand for? Is this really the way to go in this case. This is not some white golf course that they would be boycotting. Also, Isn’t Atlanta one of the cities that has a LARGE black population? So, are you going to try and take the bread and butter out of the mouths that depend on the revenue success from the NFL in that city? Poor things, they just don’t know what to do? So they do what worked 50 years ago. One person-who is an independent contractor, this is what they are deciding to do. They need some help.

  5. This is getting ridiculous. There are numerous players playing in the NFL who have or are sitting/kneeling for the anthem. Clearly sitting for the anthem is NOT going to keep you off an NFL roster alone. The NFL has long proven that if you’re talented enough, almost any behavior will be tolerated. It doesn’t matter whether Kaepernick’s actions were legal or moral. What matters is that for a shaky backup quarterback he doesn’t have the talent to justify the amount of distraction that he brings onto an NFL roster. Colin Kaepernick is not currently on an NFL roster because his talent level doesn’t outweigh the distraction Factor he brings. This has nothing to do with racism. This is purely about Talent. Kaepernick doesn’t have enough of it to Merit a roster spot.

  6. Lol…there are probably only a handful of fans that will boycott. The rest will complain while simultaneously contributing to ratings every week, because they won’t go without their football.

  7. There are many millions more fans who loathe Kaepernick and are quite happy he is not on an NFL roster. Plus he sucks since he made clear being an SJW was more important to him than being an NFL QB.
    He can take his pig socks and drop dead!

  8. I hope every lefty libtard in the world would boycott the NFL. Including the players. Then I can enjoy my Sunday of football without the lefts political agenda being shoved down my throat.

  9. It would really be a shame if the Kaepernits all decided to find another sport to ruin. Please stay.

  10. Will there also be a boycott on behalf of Tim Tebow? After all, he’s another bad QB with an agenda and set of followers who couldn’t find a job with an NFL team.

  11. Colin Kaepernick spoke out against the police, who put their lives on the line to protect all of us. His silent protest against the men who died last night protecting us, that died last week trying to reduce violence in Charlottesville and die all the time because the did their job will keep him from ever working again, just like the neo-nazi that lost his job at the hotdog stand.

  12. I still can’t understand why people dont get this. NFL teams don’t have that much of a problem with CK, they have a BIG problem with all of the media fallout that would happen if CK were to be signed. The Media circus would be non -stop and that would be major distraction. Blame CK not getting signed on the media. Personally, his cause is what’s important, not football. Move along!!!

  13. CK made a bad decision, now he is paying for it.A Miami player did the same, he also sign a multi year contract for many millions. Perhaps he has talent, and does not act like a jerk. This NFL is a business, you can’t make an owner hire someone that he don’t want, and if all of then think that way there must be a reason. If I was a owner I would not want CK anywhere near my team. Bill

  14. Finally NFL fans will stop being presented as a monolithic right wing club, nobody should be blackballed for a peaceful statement.

    If you get more angry about whether or not someone stands up for a song than people being killed then you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

  15. ““There will be no football in the state of Georgia if Colin Kaepernick is not on a training camp roster and given an opportunity to pursue his career”

    He later added:”There are dozens of us, literally dozens!!!”

  16. We will not rest until Colin is in the Super Bowl, allowed to throw atleast 40 passes, and given a clean pocket……oh and 5 apple before rushing him…forgot that part.

  17. There is a better chance of winning MegaMillions, PowerBall, being eaten by a shark while being struck by lightning and losing your eyesight staring at the Lunar Eclipse then there is of no football in Georgia.

  18. I wanted to be on an NFL team too. I boycotted the entire 2000 season.

    I’m still not on an NFL team.

    I bet they are still talking about me though……

  19. If I did what he did on my own time I’d expect to be fine. But if I did what he did wearing my employer’s uniform, on my employer’s dime, I’d expect to be fired. Why should he be any different?

  20. It’s amazing no team is chomping at the bit to sign the qb that led the 49’ers to a 2 – 14 record. Obviously a boycott is in order.

  21. It;s a shame really that these liberals don’t understand why kaepernick is not on a roster.
    He’s just a lousy QB.
    Nothing more.

  22. Actions have consequences, plain and simple.

    His actions resulted in no other team wanting to take on the baggage.

    Deal with the consequences of your ill-guided actions.

    Do it on your time, not the employers!

  23. Hahahaha it comes down to who actually affects their bottom dollar, certain group of have disposable income and some dont and watching football is free who do you think will be able to do other things besides watch football, kapernick supporters or the people who support standing in support of our veterans.

  24. “There will be no football in the state of Georgia if Colin Kaepernick is not on a training camp roster and given an opportunity to pursue his career,” said Gerald Griggs.

    Hey Gerry, first game in Georgia this year is Bama/FSU at the new dome on September 2nd. Not only will there be football in the State of Georgia regardless of Kaepernick’s employment status I’ll happily give you the finger as I eat my Chick-Fil-A sandwich during the game!

  25. Great time to boycott the NFL and move on to other entertainment. Guess Cuban was right one can kill the golden goose.

  26. If my team signed him I probably wouldnt watch a game this year.
    If some other team signed him I would roll my eyes and forget about it.

  27. Aside from him kneeling for the national anthem, maybe just maybe he doesn’t have a job because he SUCKS as a qb. Just saying…

  28. This guy needs to purchase an NFL franchise. Then he can hire Kap and any other person he wants. But, if there are no left -handed atheist on the team I will be greatly offended and begin my own boycott.

  29. Remember people this guy was not fired from his job he chose to quit the 49ers with 14 million guaranteed on the table !

  30. Yeah, like I’m going boycott the NFL for a mediocre QB that won’t stand up during the National Anthem while our Men and Women serving this country proudly put their lives on the line every day.

    Good luck with that. Much like the Fake news wants you to believe, the mighty few get on TV and drive the news cycle but don’t represent the majority of America.

  31. I think the NAACP should think twice.

    There are already twice as many black NFL players as there should be according to their percentage of the overall US population – if you want fair treatment, then we should boot half the black players as a start.

    I’m so sick and tired of black people these days being held to a lower standard of conduct than the rest of us – it is as if they fully intend to be victims.

  32. jedimasterbates says:

    The Social Justice Warriors will never be satisfied unless they get their way all the time
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    They claim they just want to “have a discussion” when in reality they only want to lecture, and if you disagree they scream, call you names and threaten your life.

  33. I was talking football at work with a African american guy who is a steeler fan last week and asked him if he saw the game and he said he would be going against his race if he watched this season based on the whole Kap black ball situation, so this is becoming very real on both sides.

    People on this forum think it’s just the white folks who will not support the NFL, but the Black people are right there with ya folks. So there is no way for the NFL to win this one.

  34. Am I mistaken or wouldn’t he be employees with the niners if HE hadn’t opted out of his contract? So he quits his job and demands another? Hasn’t he turned down offers not to his liking? But hey none of those things fit the narrative

  35. Get over it he tore up his contract offer from the 9ers didn’t he. Let’s be honest he has declined as a qb the last couple years & would only fit on a few teams the kind of talent he would bring with his game play style.

    Let’s not keep this going a raciest thing or the whole protest ordeal. the guy is washed up!

  36. So people who don’t buy season tickets and probably little merchandise are boycotting? No one cares

  37. “Ideally, the NFL and its teams would forget about who it’s going to upset and instead make a decision based on the core question of right vs. wrong”.

    Please. Stop with the incessant attempts to promote a social justice cause on a football forum. I, and many others, are interested in football and this site because it provides an escape from the cacophony of politics going on.

    If this is turning into a leftist political forum I’ll go elsewhere.

  38. What about standing up for all the white NFL players that are unemployed as well? That’s right, we’re only interested in one race. Equality at its best. I guess the NAACP is going to have a heart attack after Geno Smith gets cut..

  39. Kap, 2016…16 tds 4 ints in 11 starts on a crappy team. I don’t think performance is the issue.

  40. The NFL should not allow ANY demonstration of any kind. The demonstrations are held on NFL property and these players are “USING” the NFL trademark and brand to voice opposition to public or social issues. They are infringing on the NFL trademark. The NFL must clamp down and fine any players demonstrating on “NFL TIME.”

  41. More adamant then ever to oppose this kind of behavior. Boycott whatever you want fools. With 48% of the revenue to the players, 70% of whom are black, what exactly are you doing? So you want the cap to go down so the rest of the black men good enough to play make less?

    I thought maybe Jacksonville for Kaepernick because of football reasons. But now I would rather see him with no job just because of these horrible people. The good people of this country won’t be held hostage anymore by leftists and their extortion.

  42. Richie Incognito was out of football during the 2014 season for conduct detrimental to the league. Nobody protested him being blackballed. Public statements have consequences.

  43. I am already boycotting the NFL due to them allowing the anthem protests to take place at all. Not participating in paying outrages salaries to ignorant athletes to turn themselves into social warriors.

  44. he can go to canada to play. further he, johnny football and rg3 could all go to the same canadian team and run the wishbone

    which leads me to say…

    kaep, johnny football and rg3 walk into a bar…

  45. justtherealfacts says:
    August 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    People on this forum think it’s just the white folks who will not support the NFL, but the Black people are right there with ya folks. So there is no way for the NFL to win this one.

    =============================================================================================

    This is just not correct, you under estimate how deep the NFL and the owner’s pockets are. For every CK supporter that doesn’t attend a game or buy a jersey there are dozens/hundreds/thousands who will do either or both and if they decide to buy a Kaepernick jersey to show support the NFL still makes money. The is not a contest but if it were, the NFL wins hands down.

  46. I have plenty of other things to do on my Sundays….we really need to end the oppression suffered by NFL players! No more Florio…the SJW! That is a huge benefit!

  47. Sure, let’s give a terrible QB a job. (While getting rid of a more qualified person)

    That’s “fairness” in today’s country.

  48. I don’t think people understand that NFL product issues goes beyond the Kaepernick issue. The product has a ‘cold’ since Goodell took over. NFL didn’t have a real successor plan after paul tagliabue retired. This has been the quietest pre-season in a while

  49. This is exactly why the majority of non – whites don’t trust whites. They smile in people’s faces and turn around and post hateful remarks on sites like this and YouTube under the guise of anonymity. Try maybe once to see things from your fellow mans perspective and not just your own as if your point of view is the only one that matters.

  50. Guess what??? RGIII isn’t on an NFL roster. When do the protests begin for him? Manziel also brings a distraction factor with him that’s keeping him off rosters….why isn’t any groups demanding a roster spot for him? This outrage for Kaepernick is purely political to fit a narrative.

  51. “Kap, 2016…16 tds 4 ints in 11 starts on a crappy team. I don’t think performance is the issue.”

    Did you watch every game like I did? Because if so you would understand how misleading those stats are. We are talking about a QB who threw for less than 10 yards versus the Bears in 3 quarters and got replaced by Blaine Gabbert. Who was soundly outplayed by both Matt Barkley and Bryce Petty. He was not good last season. At all.

  52. I think NFL owners were going to let Kaep pound sand for a year then someone would hire him. But now with all these “Social Warriors” screaming for him to be hired or else, the owners are going to dig in their heels and never let him back in the league.

  53. i never knew there were so many people who dont understand nfl economics. he wants more money than teams are willing to pay a backup qb.
    those that have starters worse than him, are mostly trying to get their draft picks seasoned.
    that really just leaves the jets, who are clearly trying to tank.

    actually some people only see what they want to see. this isnt a question of money but rather a question of just getting an opportunity, especially when you consider that Donte Stallworth drove drunk and killed someone and was back on the field in no time. this is about the bottom line and being politically correst and pandering to the holier than thou. I could care less if the guy didnt stand for the anthem.

  54. “Kap, 2016…16 tds 4 ints in 11 starts on a crappy team. I don’t think performance is the issue.”

    You forgot a few stats:

    1) Undef 60% completion rate.
    2) 2-9 record last year when he started.
    3) Accordibg to Romanowski, the coaches say Gabbert studied 4x as much film as Kaep as the IPad logs all of that.
    4) They had to dumb down the playbook for him as he’s a 1 read and then run type, read option QB. NFL defenses have figured that out which is why nobody runs that anymore except as a gimmick play here and there.
    5) 16 TDs in 11 games is nothing to brag about. That’s Alex Smith level of production (who was benched for Kaep).
    6) He was benched in the year before for throwing a grand total of 4 yards in 1 half. He was replaced by Blaine Gabbert who clearly outplayed him.

    Things that make you go “Hmmm..”

  55. The NFL is a business. It’s entertainment. Have the kneeling players cost the NFL fans and revenue or added revenue? I think we all know the answer from watching ESPN’s demise. So the protesters are damaging the brand and reducing the revenue available to all the players. The kneelers are costing all the players money. The union should mandate they stand up or play in the Canadian League.

  56. For the record, Kaepernick was 3-16 over the past two seasons splitting time with Gabbert who was 4-9 over the same stretch. Niners averaged 6 more points per game scored with Gabbert and their winning % was double under Blaine, who is listed as third string in Zona.

  57. The sad part is the 25 people they get to protest week one outside of the Falcons new stadium will get allllllllllll the media coverage, and no one will care (or report) about what the 70,000 people inside think or say.

  58. America is more fractured and divided than its ever been. Civil War is coming, NOT because of racial issues, but because America in 2017 is comprised of cultural and political ideologies that can no longer coexist, largely because they no longer WANT to coexist. Our political parties and mass media have done an EXCELLENT job of dividing us, stoking our rage and resentment and then pitting us against one another, while the wealthy elites have continued to suck everything dry. Soon enough, all of us are going to reap the whirlwind.

  59. I watch football to watch football, that’s it…I don’t want to hear about anything else, I get inundated with it the other 6 days of the week…

  60. This is getting ridiculous. As a black man, I understand what and why Kaep is protesting. I stand for the anthem and cross my heart, but I understand. As an American, I respect the right to protest and have free speech. That’s the first amendment. There’s no constitutional amendment saying I have to agree or change my behavior based on what people protest or say.

    But I have no clue what the NAACP is trying to do. I’ll be damned if I let the NAACP tell me how to run my business. They played out in the 70s anyway. Wanna be valuable, stop marching and protesting and do something positive for the community.

  61. If Tim Tebow is not in the majors by monday, I call for a boycott of all baseball games in California….
    Followed by the rest of the country…

  62. If you’re willing to boycott pro football then you’re not a pro football fan. I may personally feel like Kaepernick has done enough in his career to merit a job but that doesn’t give me, not a football team owner, any say in whether he gets signed. If Kaepernick’s protest was about fighting a serious injustice that’s going on in this country, how about supporting THAT cause rather than trying to get an unemployed multi-millionaire a job.

  63. Time for the Feds to institute Affordable Quarterback Act! If you like your quarterback, you can keep your quarterback. Unless…

  64. Owners were worried that he would be a distraction. And his girlfriend proved them correct by going after the Ravens’ owner on social media. How many free agents whose GFs do that get jobs? How many people whose significant others do that get regular jobs? None.

  65. I don’t even think it’s a boycott of Kapernic. I think its a boycott of these people that create the circus around Kapernic.

  66. karlcuba says:

    August 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Finally NFL fans will stop being presented as a monolithic right wing club, nobody should be blackballed for a peaceful statement.

    If you get more angry about whether or not someone stands up for a song than people being killed then you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.
    _________________
    Right back at ya!

  67. Not only does the NAACP taking this stance not make sense, but the idle threat just makes them look foolish. No football in the state of Georgia? How could that possibly work? As for Kap, it’s the Tebow effect, plain and simple. The sports media has insured that his talent and upside aren’t enough to overcome the ongoing disruption that would ensue should a team sign him. In short, he’s toxic, but not because of his protests.

  68. This is the dumbest thing ever. It’s nothing but a publicity stunt for the organizers to get in the news. If they think this is going to help I think they are sadly mistaken. Telling someone what you think they should do rarely works and since they have created this atmosphere no team can touch him now with all the scrutiny that it will bring along with it. If he does sign with a team will they protest if he gets benched? Will they boycott if they release him. I believe this has effectively ended his chance of being signed by anyone.

  69. sicx01 says:
    August 19, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    This is exactly why the majority of non – whites don’t trust whites. They smile in people’s faces and turn around and post hateful remarks on sites like this and YouTube under the guise of anonymity. Try maybe once to see things from your fellow mans perspective and not just your own as if your point of view is the only one that matters.
    ——-

    Yeah bullying, race baiting, and guilting are the answer. Sounds like spoiled brats.

  70. To defend America against communist sympathizers we should attend week 1 games, watch them all, buy from NFL.com to set a new sales record, and support all products advertised on the broadcasts.

  71. i’m late to the show but does anyone remember HE Colin Kapernick opted OUT of the contract HE signed

  72. Do NFL players’ silent protests during the national anthem bother you?

    70%
    Yes

    28%
    No

    2%
    I’m not sure

    msn poll 200k +

  73. Let’s not act like boycotting football is something new out of Atlanta. The Falcons did it before it was cool and in the Super Bowl no less. Now that’s commitment to the cause

  74. Why are they not working on something that will really help the plight of non whites? Like working to stop the killing of non white males in Chicago, by other non white males. Kaepernick’s employment will do nothing to help the struggles of the non white, just like removing confederate statues will not change things.

    Stop protesting and start formulating a plan for REAL change. Change takes time an communication. Not protests and boycotts.

  75. Not creating an organized professional protest-not discussing issue with community leaders, politicians, NFL/players association, not donating time or $$$ to the cause, plus a strong perception of arrogance and lost skills have contributed to “his own undoing”. League doesn’t want another malcontent that is sure to affect their image/revenues.

  76. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    August 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm
    Remember people this guy was not fired from his job he chose to quit the 49ers with 14 million guaranteed on the table !
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    Not true, he reworked his deal and had to give up his guarantees to get on the field. The opt out in his contract was mutual, either party could exercise it it with no financial obligation. The truth is damning enough without embellishment. He opted out to get his name out in the market place sooner, that’s how delusional he was. Just like the NAACP, the First SDA Church, the NFLPA and PFT he thought somehow hate tweets, Castro loving, pig socks and not voting are immaterial to the point they don’t even require a mention.

  77. “There will be no football in the state of Georgia if Colin Kaepernick is not on a training camp roster and given an opportunity to pursue his career,” said Gerald Griggs of the Atlanta NAACP

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    Oh yeah? BRING. IT. ON.

  78. I find it hilarious that in 2017 people underestimate the power of black people when we boycott….we will hit the NFL, its sponsors and the players will feel the pressure to act…all of this could have been avoided by simply changing the rule, instead they tried to make an example out of him….the resistance is just beginning….pay attention….

  79. You’re not going to guilt someone into signing him. If he was a better football player, he’d be on a team. His play is not evidently not worth the social media circus. Boycotting anything means nothing other than those involved missing out on the greatest sport on the planet.

  80. There you have it. The Falcons should cut MVP franchise quarterback Matt Ryan to appease the NAACP. Otherwise they are lobbying fans to boycott Falcons games. It doesn’t matter that Matt Ryan is a way better QB.

    Sounds like bullying to me.

  81. sicx01 says:
    August 19, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    This is exactly why the majority of non – whites don’t trust whites. They smile in people’s faces….

    ———–

    Those darned BACK STABBERS!

  82. OMG. Nazis are on the rise and you’re worried about whether or not Crapernick has a job in the NFL?

  83. karlcuba says:
    August 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm
    Finally NFL fans will stop being presented as a monolithic right wing club, nobody should be blackballed for a peaceful statement.

    If you get more angry about whether or not someone stands up for a song than people being killed then you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

    ———

    So where are the protests over the hundreds of black men that kill other black men each day in this country?

  84. So because a back-up QB isn’t signed because he protests something he knows little about and represents himself so poorly, we should boycott the entire NFL? How is that furthering discussion of the problem?

  85. It seems the biggest reason he doesn’t have a team is due the media circus that comes with it, call it the Tebow factor.
    If either of them were difference makers and not average at best, they would be playing.
    If Kaep was winning and leading someone to the playoffs it would be a different story.
    And you definitely don’t want that noise regarding your backup qb.
    You can’t control the narrative if you bring him in.

  86. “My belief is simply this. If Colin Kaepernick was willing to take a stand for those of us who are non-celebrities that would have to interact with law enforcement on a day-to-day basis, if he’s willing to take a knee for us, certainly we ought to take a stand, and stand with him.”

    Your belief is simply wrong. Kaepernick’s stunt was all for himself. Go ahead and stand with him if you wish.

  87. For the 13th time

    “Ideally, the NFL and its teams would forget about who it’s going to upset and instead make a decision based on the core question of right vs. wrong.”

    Nail on the head.
    ___________________

    If by nail on the head you mean the operative word is “Ideally” and by that you mean in the ideal utopia of Rainbow and Unicorn Land who is upset would never impact the bottom line then yeah, the candy nail was ideally struck deep into the cotton candy clouds.

  88. I don’t watch football to see who stands or sits or talk about their politics. If you watch closely, most of the fans in the stands are being disrespectful during the anthem. Just stick to the game, that’s what we pay to see.

  89. The first amendment establishes rights but does not provide protection from consequences when exercising those rights. The NAACP used to do real societal good and fight against horrible oppression and serious rights violations. Its sad to see them use Sharpton and Jackson like extortion tactics and exposes the hypocrisy that permeates today’s society.

  90. Hey NAACP guy! What? No salary demands? You could have threatened to boycott if he’s not on a team AND making at least $14M next year. That was the last offer he turned down.
    Fair is fair.

    I just rolled my eyes soooo hard, I saw my cerebral cortex

  91. packfaninpackland says:
    August 19, 2017 at 3:41 pm
    The sad part is the 25 people they get to protest week one outside of the Falcons new stadium will
    get allllllllllll the media coverage “ON CNN”
    and no one will care (or report) about what the 70,000 people inside think or say.

    There. Fixed it for you.

  92. “now the NFL and its teams will have to decide whether to risk angering one side over potentially alienating the other side.”

    Tell us again that this was not divisive. Congrats to the left for successfully dividing the country based on race, and on an issue of a mixed race person kneeling.

  93. Kapernick – Bad QB + Distraction = No employment in the NFL.

    It’s quite simple. Regardless of his opinion he has become a distraction that can hinder a team sport.

  94. Well, its obvious the NFL is going to cave to the demands. It sucks too, I was really looking forward to the season. I even have tickets to two games. Will I get a refund?

  95. Before I cancelled my NFL package, I wanted to see if this was going to be a repeat of last year. Looks like I got all the info I need.

  96. Whoever mentioned the Kap and Tebow analogy could not be more right. Both have some measure of talent but neither’s talent outweighs the media and fan circus atmosphere that comes with having them on a team. That is the reason why both are out of football and not on some team’s roster. There isn’t some NFL wide conspiracy. As Team’s start to get desperate due to injuries Kap will get his chance.

  97. I will say something which will really annoy blacks, but is the truth. Far too many of them are like sheep. They follow along with someone like Kaepernick, without giving enough thought to the whole mess he has started.
    And now the NAACP is “demanding” that the NFL employ Colin Kaepernick. Can you believe the audacity of them to even say such a stupid thing?
    If blacks want to bring the races closer together, they sure are going about it the wrong way. I’m white and the white people I know respect blacks who work hard to make a positive difference in their communities and for their families, just as they do. They are not racists and they do not condone prejudice against anyone. So when they are blatantly labeled as being racists by people who just throw paint against a wall, it really angers them, as it does me.
    If blacks keeping playing the race card when there is no reason to play it, it becomes just another “sky is falling” story.
    Last night 6 cops were shot and the last I heard, 2 of them have died. Those two who died were shot by a black man. Where is the outrage toward him? Where is the outpouring of sympathy for their families?
    This double standard these blacks are playing is gong to backfire on them. There are far more whites in this country than blacks and if they keep angering those white people who are good people and don’t want to enter this controversy, it’s going to backfire on them in a big way.
    I couldn’t care less what the NAACP says. Let them form their boycotts and I will gladly purchase the seats they give up and go enjoy a football game. I will also proudly stand and show the National Anthem and our flag the respect they deserve.
    God Bless America, the greatest country on earth, and God Bless the men and women in uniform who protect us all. May the families of those cops who were mercilessly gunned down find comfort in knowing millions of Americans share your grief.

  98. All this is going to accomplish is make things harder for Kap to get a job. No one tells the NFL owners what to do or make demands upon them or decisions for them. They just rebel and go in the opposite direction. This will essentially blackball Kap for life.

  99. Lets get this 100% right. Colin Kaepernick back in March OPED OUT of his 2017 contract with the SAn Francisco 49ers. HE OPED OUT. That he doesn’t have a contract is 100% his own doing.
    Don’t distort the facts. He got some seriously bad advice and now he is paying for it. This isn’t a race thing at all.

  100. Um CK was not a good qb the last few years and now people are making out to be a stud without a job. This is just stupid. A true NFL fan wont boycot the nfl bc of CK. RG3 is out of work too and he didnt protest anything. I doubt either wants a backup role or would be good backups.they are a specific system qb and dont fit in most regular systems.

  101. Colin Kaepernick by that definition deserves the MVP, Super Bowl Ring just given to him. He wants top tier starter money when he deserves midtier backup money with prove it incentives, this has nothing to do with black balling him. The other side of the coin is how many teams can really use him 4 to 6 maybe

  102. Dear Gerald Griggs of the Atlanta NAACP,

    Your “demand” is one of the reasons racism still exists today. You don’t have the right to demand anything of the NFL or of any NFL team. Stomping your feet like a 3-year-old is best left to 3-year-olds.

    Sincerely,

    Football Fans Across America

  103. Why would any GM sign him. First off, he stinks.

    Second, when you sign him, half your fan base will be livid.

    Third, when you cut him, you will now be deemed a “racist”….it’s literally a “no win” situation for ANY team to sign him.

    Get over it he sucks, and he ticked off everyone.

    Have fun cleaning pools Colin…

  104. Speak out all you want. But Stand up for our anthem. There are those whose have given their blood and still fighting for the flag, so that Kapernick could play football.

  105. “Since the end of last season, as a result of this protest, Colin Kaepernick has been unable to find employment in the NFL.”

    Nice try, pastor, but that’s incredibly false. HE opted out of HIS contract with the niners. Also, I hated Tebowmania and all that, but do you think this pastor stood up in defense of Uber Christian Tebow when he wasn’t getting jobs?

  106. Now this straight up funny. You don’t watch because of kap sitting and you don’t watching becuase kap sitting. I needed this laugh with today’s ridonkulus activities.

    “We are not going to protest,! We are not going to protest”. PCU. Everyone watch that movie tonight. You need it.

  107. jvw1982 says:
    August 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    I find it hilarious that in 2017 people underestimate the power of black people when we boycott….we will hit the NFL, its sponsors and the players will feel the pressure to act…all of this could have been avoided by simply changing the rule, instead they tried to make an example out of him….the resistance is just beginning….pay attention….

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    I find it hilarious that you underestimate the number of white people who don’t care what you do. You see, what you are missing just like all the other Kaep defenders is this was not about race until black people made it about race. It was about Kaep disrespecting the Anthem and our flag on an NFL football field. Go back and look at what I wrote about it from the first time I commented on it. I said he should not be allowed to bring his political views on to the football field. I also pointed out I thought he was wrong to paint all cops with a broad brush that they are all bad, which is exactly what he was doing.
    So — I, a white guy, did not look at it as a race issue until I saw it becoming one because the blacks made it one. And now — it’s mushroomed into the NAACP “demanding” that Kaep be signed — or else!! How preposterous and how arrogant of them!! I used to respect the NAACP for many things, but I have lost a great deal of respect for them with this ultimatum. Who the hell do they think they are?
    I will say it again. Kaep nor anyone else has any right to bring political demonstrations to an NFL field. I ask you — would you be tolerant of a southern white player waving the Confederate flag during the playing of the National Anthem? If you say “yes”, I would say I do not believe you. Because I would not be tolerant of him, either. I’d be saying he had no right to do that, too.
    The great majority of white people in this country are good people. They don’t like to see prejudice from any corner. But they also don’t like being called racists because they have a different opinion of something than a black person. Yet that is exactly what these blacks are doing. Whites are being labeled racists without any truth to it at all.
    I have stated over and over that I voted for Trump. It was because I wanted to see a change in the direction the country is headed. I think morally and ethically we need a drastic change. I heard the same liberal crap from Hillary as I had seen from O’Bama and I wanted a change, because in my 64 years on this planet, every time I see liberals in control of our government, the country takes a nosedive. And keep in mind, I have been a registered Democrat since the first time I ever cast a vote. I have voted for Democrats as President, and I have voted for Republicans as President. But over the last 20 years or so, I have leaned way more toward the Republicans than the Democrats because they are not liberals. It doesn’t matter to me what party they are from as much as it does which side of the fence they are on — liberal or conservative.
    Now, I am being labeled a racist because I voted for Trump. That is beyond offensive to me. Do you care about that? Does it bother you, or are you standing with those who label me a racist?
    I’ll guarantee you this. I will be at every voting booth until I die trying to cancel out one liberal voter’s vote. And so will millions of other Americans. So boycott all you want, it’s your right. But also know that it is our right to disagree with you and do everything we can to see that your boycotts mean nothing. And remember this — you made it a racist issue, not me.

  108. So the NAACP is willing to fight football to get the job back for a millionaire. Yet they don’t realize that fighting football would take the food off the table of countless minorities tables if it went away. Take from the needy and give to the greedy. Sounds about right, that’s the example the leader of free world has set before us. When will people start to see past their own hand.

  109. Wow, this is a gift that keeps on giving.
    Problem is how to separate the two issues…namely Kap’s performance numbers have waned over the years, to be in the same league as Sanchez, and Kap’s protest, during work hours, of racism in USA.
    I get racism is alive and well in USA, but Kap should not be the standard bearer of the issue. It actually diminishes the ‘movement’ because Kap is also being judged on field, and quite frankly, his performance has sucked as of late.
    No disrespect to Kap, he had a great run one year, but he never got better after that, once teams figured out his shtick. No pass, run baby run. I honestly thought he could evolve into a premier QB, but he seemed to lose a step. A far better talent than Tebow, but like Tebow, couldn’t evolve with the game. Scrabbling Qbs don’t last. You take that kind of punishment as a running QB, there is no where to go, but down.
    While he may make a fine backup, would he sign for league mins? If that was the case, he’d be signed already. Your only as good as your last play…and his last few plays were not memorable.

  110. as a Ravens fan i have to say this guy should be in our uni right now.With Flacco out, he has more talent then what we have right now. But everyone knows this is not about talent.

  111. He could be in an NFL training camp right now. He chose to void the last year of his contract and try to take his talent elsewhere. Unfortunately, he isn’t that talented. It is not worth the gamble of the disruption he could cause in the locker room or the chance of alienating the fans or sponsors that. This all falls on the player.

  112. Kap meets some hot activist girl and because he wants to get in her pants he decides to protest to gain her favor and then he loses $7M and cant get a job…and we are supposed to feel sorry for him.

  113. HAHAHAHAHAHA…. The NAACP … Jackson and Sharpton. They are as helpful to Colon’s cause as David Duke was to Trump’s…

    For the record, I’m black an Army Vet and Federal Law Enforcement Agent. I have buried friends under the flag and the anthem he disrespects. I hope he never plays another down. Not for his silent protest… but because he’s stupid. What did he and his advisers think would happen. I’m not even saying he can’t play. He probably is better than some at the job but the distraction he brings clearly outweighs his projected production on the field.

    I know this, If I showed up to a public event wearing my agencies gear and decided to do something that embarrassed my agency… BUH-BYE…. Why should he be any different. His employer allowed him to protest and has now decided he isn’t worth the trouble any longer. I’m not shocked, I don’t understand why media lefties are…

  114. Everyone has the right to tune in or tune out for their own reason. Last year many tuned out to show support FOR the the flag and law enforcement.

  115. Kaepernick will be either on the Jags when they decide to cut Bortles, or on the Ravens when Flacco goes down for the season. Nobody wants to sign him as a backup, but once a starter job is open, he’ll be playing.

  116. More demands from the NAACP… LoL! Nobody cares. Plus Kap has white parents now all of a sudden he’s Malcomn X.

  117. Memba when we were told Kap has the right to do whatever he wants on the sideline? And memba when we said NFL owners will also have the right to do whatever they want?….I memba.

  118. If not for protests, slavery would still exist. And obviously 90% of this forum would be perfectly fine with that.

  119. Like a dog sitting in the corner chewing its own tail, the NFL is self destructing.

    The boycott started last year dorks.

    College blue chips should be suing for future lost wages. Wait until 2020 and the TV renegotiation.

  120. Maybe they should erect a statue of Colin Kaepernick, since there is new found room to put his likeness at many sites! —-> Rolling my eyes!

  121. I would put all the people saying they will boycott if Keap doesn’t –get paid millions out of someone else’s pocket– with the people that say they will boycott if he does get signed. Both are barking at the wind. They will all watch.

  122. CK has the right to protest and express his opinion but he does have to accept the consequences of those opinions. I was never a fan of CK and I think he is a pretty boy with some talent who enjoys the drama so maybe teams don’t want this drama in their house.
    Also, as someone mentioned this isn’t the 60s at a mom and pop lunch counter and CK isn’t fighting for the right to eat lunch. He is/was a member of a multibillion dollar, international organization, how many people will you need to get to be effective, more than a million before anyone even takes notice. Never going to happen.
    Here’s a conspiracy thought, maybe CK knew he was going to get the boot and without some drama, no one would care. So he creates this drama hoping the power of public opinion would sway someone to hire him at his asking price to make the drama go away.

  123. New update- the NCAAP offers to pay Kap’s salary, as well as pay for any extra security needed. They will also house Kap in a separate clubhouse and transport him from his home and back, for the games. This is due to the fact that he is not part of the team because he is good, but because he sat down during the anthem.

  124. …and if someone does pick him up there should be a boycott – why pick a sucky qb just because of political correctness???I thought the idea was to win games – not make people feel warm and fuzzy…

  125. Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. Correct ?
    I seriously doubt a player will skip paychecks and jeopardize a roster spot for someone else’s personal beliefs. If you want to disrespect our military and police/fire families, go right ahead and sit down for our anthem. These are the people who keep you safe and reinforce the freedoms you enjoy. He can rot in h-ll for all I care.
    I understand the reason but find another manner to protest. It’s a Black Power protest. Not to be confused with our Flag and what it stands for.

  126. This country has gone completely crazy.The SJW’s are literally ruining everything. Spoiled rotten, entitled babies. Get over yourselves and let the rest of us enjoy football.

  127. jvw1982 says:
    August 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    I find it hilarious that in 2017 people underestimate the power of black people when we boycott….we will hit the NFL, its sponsors and the players will feel the pressure to act…all of this could have been avoided by simply changing the rule, instead they tried to make an example out of him….the resistance is just beginning….pay attention….
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    You do realize that over 70% of the players employed by the league you want to boycott are black right? You ok with putting them out of work? While we’re at it, who made you the spokesperson for all black people? Lastly, what rule are you talking about? The only thing you are resisting is intelligent thought.

  128. I am really sick of this story. If his skill set were needed bad enough he’d be on a roster. Yes it is that simple.

  129. spartan01 says:
    August 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    I am really sick of this story. If his skill set were needed bad enough he’d be on a roster. Yes it is that simple.
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    I don’t think so spartan. I think the owners are scared to death what the reaction would be from the fan base. I really do. He’s the poster child.

  130. You do realize that over 70% of the players employed by the league you want to boycott are black right? You ok with putting them out of work? While we’re at it, who made you the spokesperson for all black people? Lastly, what rule are you talking about? The only thing you are resisting is intelligent thought.

    AMEN, and I’m an African American.

  131. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says:
    August 20, 2017 at 8:49 pm
    spartan01 says:
    August 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    I am really sick of this story. If his skill set were needed bad enough he’d be on a roster. Yes it is that simple.
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    I don’t think so spartan. I think the owners are scared to death what the reaction would be from the fan base. I really do. He’s the poster child.

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    No. It’s football. He’s a candidate for a team who needs a mobile QB in a read option heavy offense. He’s not a pocket passer. To my knowledge there aren’t many job postings for that now.

  132. You know… The NAACP, and like minded leftist organizations and individuals, could pool their millions, until they are billions, and buy their own team. They could call their team the Social Justice Warriors and populate it with all the politically correct, pompous and self-righteous, players they want with Kaepernick as their quarterback. At the end of the season the team players could all be awarded participation trophies.

    Or Kaepernick could play for the Canadian Football League, if they will have him, where that pesky US National Anthem won’t be a problem—though he might want to stand for ‘O Canada.

  133. AH ok…so when ratings are down for the NFL, yet again, it can be blamed on a team not signing a 3rd string QB!! hahaha

  134. That works, I am already boycotting teams who allow players to spit in my face by protesting “MY” national anthem. I equate ESPN to CNN and have also stopped watching racist sports shows on ESPN as well as Fox like the Skip and Shannon Show SS constantly blows his racist horn and continually refers to white players as “white boy”). Everything is about how it is the obligation of all citizens to support blacks who commit acts that offend, and not just white people! I will never patronize anything that is as vile, reprehensible and ignorant as the above!

  135. If I boycott it won’t be because Kaep didn’t get a job, it will be because I am so very tired of folks trying to force feed their particular social or political consciousness to fans that paid big $$$ to be entertained. A child of the sixties, no one enjoys a good protest more than me, just do it after your off the clock. That said…Someone, please hire him just so we can move on.

  136. “He did this to raise awareness to the number of brown and black individuals that have been beaten and killed at the hands of law enforcement across this country” Then if that is the case, how come he doesn’t the blacks killing blacks? Which BY FAR exceeds what the cops do and most of those cases the cops were found innocent. You reap what you sow. You are there being paid handsomely to play football, not drive your own personal agenda.

  137. If the players union and the players truly believe in this cause, they will sit out NFL games in protest. That will affect the fan base.

    Are any players willing to do this during ‘real’ NFL games?

  138. His TD to picks stats aside, the player is in obvious decline and instead of raising his teammates to a higher level of performance, he achieves the opposite. His cost is far too high for backup, and his doesn’t fit well into conventional passing offenses. No team is going to install a special new offense for him.

  139. There will be boycotts because of the NFL allowing the players to kneel during the anthem. The NAACP will declare victory even though the boycott is not for the reason they believe. The way the country is right now and knowing how everyone is petrified of the money making NAACP, the NFL will do something to appease them. All these manufactured protests and riots are just to create division among us.

  140. No NFL football watching in Georgia? I am going to go door to door to see if anyone is watching, LOL, stupid, nobody wants their team disrupted by a not very good quarterback.

  141. You forget Kaeperdink didn’t lose his job, he quit. HE OPTED OUT of his contract. Now whose fault is it that he is unemployed?

  142. therealraider says:
    August 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I hope every lefty libtard in the world would boycott the NFL. Including the players. Then I can enjoy my Sunday of football without the lefts political agenda being shoved down my throat.
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    Oh really? You’re cool with the military (that is paying the NFL for their appearance), the alcohol, “B-Dubs takeout” and whatever other commercials are being shoved down your throat, but this political stuff needs to stay out of your football?

    The irony of these posts is palpable. Open your eyes! The entire show is a media blitz of politics and advertising being shoved down your throat. Keep swallowing, lol.

  143. I didn’t watch NFL last year because of the NFL allowing this nonsense, I will not watch it this year. Their TV viewership is WAY down and stadiums are not full. The players do not understand, we are NOT there for a platform for your protest. We are paying you to play a child’s game so we can forget about the real world for 3 hours.

    When you squander the publics good will they will find other things to do, NFL pay and jobs CAN come crashing down. Just keep it up.

  144. This kind of stuff just makes it harder for any owner to give Kaep a tryout. Even though he’s prob good enough to be a backup – Kaep doesn’t want back in the league to play football, he wants back in to use the NFL to continue his ‘Social Justice’ campaign…

  145. I sincerely doubt that maybe dozens of NAACP idiots are going to stop thousands of NFL ticket holders ready for some FOOTBALL!!!! That would be pure entertainment watching them try and stop em.

  146. Let’s never overlook the fact that in March of 2017 this guy opted out of a $1.5 contract to play for the 49ers. He wasn’t cut. He wasn’t waived. HE OPTED OUT. Now he doesn’t have any deal and it’s a race issue? Really? I think not. Who is driving the narrative of this story off a cliff anyway?

  147. Do these Social Justice Terrorists realize that CK opted out of his freaking contract? It’s his own fault he isn’t playing this year.

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