Kaepernick on Fourth of July: ‘we reject your celebration of white supremacy’
Three weeks after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell publicly pleaded with teams to give quarterback Colin Kaepernick a chance to play again, Kaepernick made it more difficult— again—by tweeting that the Fourth of July holiday is a celebration of “white supremacy.”
Tweeted Kaepernick on the Fourth of July: “Black ppl [sic] have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of ‘independence’, while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all.”
The sentiment will likely make it impossible for any team to sign Kaepernick at a time when sympathy for Black players is at an all-time high. While the NFL has been virtue signaling their support for Black Lives Matter, the bottom-line in the NFL is money.
And so it seems for Kaepernick, too.
Twitter users were eager to point out that in the early days of Kaepernick’s career, he was a normal football player/patriot.
“Happy 4th of july [sic] everyone I hope everyone has a blessed day,” Kaepernick tweeted on July 4, 2011.
Kaepernick signed a four-year, $5 million deal in 2011. In 2014, it was replaced with a 6-year, $126 million deal that eventually helped pay out $43,349,296 over a five-year career. He also settled a collusion lawsuit with the NFL for less than $10 million after no teams signed him when he opted out of his contract with 49ers. Nike signed a contract with Kaepernick in 2018 estimated in the “millions per year” category of a top-line NFL player.
Not bad money for a guy who wears Marxist Fidel Castro on his sleeve.
Several teams are rumored to be interested in Kaepernick, including the Baltimore Ravens, the Seattle Seahawks, Las Vegas Raiders, the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Chargers.
John Elway, general manager for the Denver Broncos, said previously that Denver offered Kaepernick a contract that was rejected by the former 49er.
Even President Trump, a vocal critic of Kaepernick’s politics, seemed to be rooting for the unemployed quarterback to find a job in the NFL.
“If he deserves it, he should [play]” said Trump last month. “If he has the playing ability. His playing wasn’t up to snuff … I would love to see him get another shot but obviously he has to be able to play well.”
That was before the latest Fourth of July tweet from a radicalized Kaepernick.
The reaction from the Twitter to Kaepernick’s latest anti-American sentiments makes it unlikely that any team could welcome him without fan protests about Kaepernick’s rhetoric.
David Krae tweeted: “Followed @Kaepernick7 and defended his taking a knee in protest against anti-black racism and police brutality, but this latest sentiment is no longer a sane, rational or worthy of respect. The American project is not one of white supremacy, but of expanding liberation for all.”
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