Despite still be without an NFL team (Note: Seattle is said to be possibly interested in the QB) to call home, Colin Kaepernick is making headlines as if he were…well…an NFL starter. First, Kaepernick was awarded the Ambassador of Conscience Award by Amnesty International last weekend for leading the protest against racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. The Ambassador of Conscience Award is an awarded to an individual or an organization that is, “dedicated to fighting injustice and using their talents to inspire others.” Previous winners include Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, and U2.
As you (probably) know, Kaepernick has been “blackballed” by the NFL (though, owners have denied this) as a result of his now award-winning protests. His inability to find a team to play for last season upset many players and some of those players met with owners back in October to discuss the situation (as well as other social issues). Except for a well crafted PR release that claimed both sides were “unified,” very little information was ever released from that meeting. Until this week, that is, when a NYT report surfaced stating that the meeting was more contentious than the press release indicated. Specific to Kaepernick, the report noted that players in attendance “demanded” to know why Kaepernick was, as stated by Eric Reed, Public Enemy No. 1.” Did they get an answer? Clearly no as some players continued to kneel throughout the rest of the season.
And finally, on a totally different note, Kaepernick will honor his mother, Teresa Kaepernick, in VH1’s second annual “Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms.” The show airs May 7.
What do you think – should Kaepernick stop pursuing a new NFL team, or move towards activism full time?
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