The protesters believe Kaepernick is without a team because of his national anthem stance. A few activists at the protest suggested that they will no longer watch NFL games should Kaepernick remain unsigned.
Some of the signs were completely nuts:
There were some big names behind the protest, too.
Women's March's Linda Sarsour.
Sarsour, a controversial figure, has celebrated cop killer Assata Shakur.
American-Muslim Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad.
In January, Muhammad caused quite a stir after falsely claiming that she was detained at an airport because of President Trump's Muslim ban.
Reverend Jesse Jackson was one of the sponsors of the rally, as well. Kaepernick didn't make an appearance at the rally, though. So much for showing his support to his fans. It's not like he has a pre-season game to play in right now.
But with two weeks before the official NFL season kicks off, the organizers of the protest have issued some head-turning demands to the NFL, via BuzzFeed News:
We are requesting the NFL implement a policy guaranteeing the freedom of speech of players to express concerns on social justice issues. These issues include, but are not limited to: racial inequality, police brutality, criminal justice reform, immigration reform, gender pay equity and reproductive rights.
Furthermore, within this policy, the NFL shall safeguard players from intimidation, ostracization, and exclusion by owners, sponsors, coaches, players, and staff. Any team suspected of prohibiting or outright denying a player his rights shall be punished under the tampering guidelines set forth by the NFL.
Secondly, it is indisputable that long held racial beliefs are embedded in the fabric of the NFL and many of these beliefs still given who makes it to the field. To that end, we are requesting the NFL establish a unit tasked with developing a league wide plan to improve racial equity. This unit shall provide recommendations to the NFL leadership and the NFL shall provide considerable resources to implement the recommendations.
According to VICE, 70% of the NFL is composed of black American players. In addition, many of those players are some of the highest earners in the sport — racking up eight figures annually. So it's hard to see how the racial inequality argument holds water.
The NFL has yet to respond to the letter of demands.