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Colin Kaepernick is still unsigned and struggling to find a spot on an NFL team.
According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, the reason Kaepernick is jobless can be traced right back to his political displays during the 2016 NFL season.
In May, Freeman wrote, in part:
The reason Kaepernick still hasn’t been signed, I’ve been told by dozens of team officials this week, is because of the political stance he took in not standing for the flag last season to protest racial inequality. Believe that. Or don’t. It’s up to you.
To add insult to injury for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, the Miami Dolphins recently signed retired quarterback Jay Cutler instead of him.
But Kaepernick’s protests gained him fans, too. And those fans are up in arms about him being unemployed right now. In response, they’re going to hold a rally in front of NFL headquarters.
Controversial Hollywood movie producer Spike Lee tweeted:
TMZ reported that one of the sponsors of the demonstration — The Justice League — is the organization behind the Eric Garner “I Can’t Breathe” shirts. The shirts made a major splash after NBA player LeBron James was seen wearing one before a game at the Barclays Center in 2014.
There is a lot of reaction to the news:
Do people realize the more stuff like this that comes out the less likely it is a team will sign him? People don't want a media circus.
— EagleFanatic (@eaglefanatic92) August 8, 2017
You misspelled Kaepernick's last name on your rally announcement, dipshit. https://t.co/PmKXkxx6b2
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 8, 2017
The protest starts with spelling Kaepernick correctly. pic.twitter.com/JWbdF4qOcJ
— Richard Lucido (@RichLucido) August 8, 2017
Go home Spike. Colin doesn't need your help in getting a job unless you can teach him how to run a read offense.
— Dario Lizarraga (@azfamdoc) August 8, 2017
In March, Lee stirred things up by suggesting it was “fishy” that no team had picked up Kaepernick to play for it.
After backlash over the misspelling on the flier, Lee tweeted:
As of right now, Kaepernick has yet to comment on the rally, which will be held August 23.