NFL players are continuing to protest the “National Anthem” as a new NFL season starts. This past weekend, the Oakland Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett made headlines as they sat on the bench while the song played before their respective preseason games, according to ESPN.
Colin Kaepernick did nothing wrong. I’ll repeat that as many times as I have to until people get it. Despite that fact, the former [and hopefully soon-to-be current] NFL player is being crucified after his protests of the National Anthem last season.
NFL teams are avoiding him as if he has something contagious and are electing to bring on players who are clearly less talented to fill spots he’s more than qualified for. So what’s he got to do to get onto a roster? Well, former NFL player and fellow black quarterback Kordell Stewart thinks he has the answer: Kaep should just be quiet.
Sadly, Colin Kaepernick still hasn’t been added to a roster in the NFL despite there being at least a dozen quarterbacks he’s better than who already have. Many fans and onlookers, myself included, suspect it’s because NFL owners have collectively decided to blacklist him due to his protest of the National Anthem to highlight social injustice. So what’s next? Well, former NFL quarterback Michael Vick has a controversial suggestion for Kaep – cut his hair.
Prison officials say that Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell after hanging himself early Wednesday morning. Hernandez, the former NFL star who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted just a few days ago for a double murder in 2012.
As expected, Martellus Bennett was the first domino to fall in what could be an ongoing series during the Trump administration.
After winning the Super Bowl this past Sunday, Bennett told the press he wouldn’t join his teammates on the standard visit to the White House to meet and pose with the president. Defensive back Devin McCourty told TIME Magazine that he also wouldn’t be in attendance.
Corey Jones was shot dead by a plain clothes police officer who didn’t identify himself or show a badge 13 months ago. That same officer was charged with manslaughter and attempted murder eight months later, according to ESPN. Since then, there are no updates on the case because it hasn’t gone to trial and no date is in sight.
Jones’ cousin, Anquan Boldin, who plays wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, is now working to mend the broken relationship between members of the black community and police officers.
Sometimes, two equally troubling stories come together to create one that’s even more concerning. That’s precisely what happened at Belmont University recently as a student was expelled after posting a racist comment about NFL players on Snapchat.
Leading up to the opening kickoff of the new NFL season, which fell on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, members of the Seattle Seahawks started dropping hints that the team would have some sort of demonstration for the national anthem. Many members of the media assumed that they’d join in with the many others who are supporting Colin Kaepernick’s protest against social injustice and police brutality. It’s safe to say that was a premature assumption.
Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers has been at the center of a media hailstorm this past weekend. The NFL quarterback decided to take a stand – well, take a seat – against police brutality in America by not standing up for the National Anthem during a preseason football game.
If you ever listened to Wade Davis’ story, you would be amazed, impressed, and inspired.