Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made a huge mistake last year that put an end to his professional football career.
We’ve been reading a lot about Colin Kaepernick after Nike decided to make him the 30th face of the Just Do It campaign. This decision dragged outrage from some circles, but others praised it. The National Football League released a public statement as a support for the social issues raised by the former quarterback and other players.
“The National Football League believes in dialogue, understanding and unity. We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities. The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes raised deserve our attention and action,” said Jocelyn Moore, the NFL Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs.
Kaepernick was taking a knee in protest of police brutality and treatment of minorities in the States during the performance of the national anthem in 2016. His move was supported by numerous athletes, including Eric Reid and Eli Harold. Players were protesting over the past two seasons, dragging a huge controversy in the country. Will this “tradition” live throughout the 2018 season?
Kaepernick and the 49ers parted ways in March 2017. He remained unsigned, as no other team would offer him a contract. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the league in October 2017, but the NFL decided to keep him off the field in response to his kneeling during the Star-Spangled Banner.
Arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank ruled that Colin Kaepernick’s lawyers have enough information to warrant a full hearing. The NFL was trying to avoid that part of the process. The former quarterback is looking for damages equal to the amount of money he would have earned had he been playing in any team. Good luck with that.