Sportswriter: 'Kaepernick Is the Tawana Brawley of Football' and Rally to Get Him NFL Job Is 'Shakedown'
The fact that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have an NFL job is now getting the Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and maybe even the Al Sharpton treatment.
A rally has been called for Aug. 23 at the NFL’s New York headquarters by unknown organizers who don’t know that Kaepernick’s name has more than one “e” in it.
Filmmaker Spike Lee tweeted the flyer but said he isn’t an organizer and can’t be present:
Kaepernick’s New York-based girlfriend, some ESPN analysts, and actor/director Lee believe that the NFL — whose players are 68.7 percent black and 28.6 percent white, according to a 2015 study — is racist:
Fans have also run away from the game in droves after Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem last season. TV viewership dipped and so has Kaepernick approval rating. ESPN reported that the struggling quarterback won the title of “most disliked player" last season.
Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract and went for free agency after last season. He reportedly has already turned down an offer in the NFL for the upcoming season.
Fox Sports 1 host Jason Whitlock told Fox News that he believes this rally isn’t a cry for justice as much as it is a “shakedown” of NFL owners:
“This is moving into a land and area that I don’t think we’ve ever seen in sports: this invasion of progressive ideology and the progressive movement into the National Football League and sports.
This, to me, is starting to smell like a shakedown of the NFL and the NFL ownership.
Colin Kaepernick, the false narrative, that he’s out of the league because all the owners are racist and he’s being blackballed. Listen, this is simply a case of a guy who’s not good enough — his talents aren’t good enough to justify all the attention and noise and controversy that comes along with him."
He said the organized reaction to Kaepernick’s lack of an NFL gig is seeping into the ‘notorious’ category:
“This is like the Tawana Brawley of football, this false narrative that we have going here.”
In 1987, 15-year-old Tawana Brawley falsely accused six white men of raping her. One wrongly accused man was a cop and another was an attorney with the New York District Attorney’s office.
The New York Times reports that her case, investigated and ruled a hoax by a grand jury, was championed by then-street preacher and rabble rouser, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who's now a host on MSNBC (on weekends).
The Daily Beast reports Sharpton has never apologized for wrongly accusing the men and promulgating the false story.
We’ll just have to see if the Kaepernick rally really is a shakedown.
Kaepernick reportedly was given a look by the Miami Dolphins at the same time another out of work quarterback was. Tim Tebow still remains out of an NFL job. However, there have been no rallies planned for the former Broncos quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner, and national college champion.
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