Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick accused the NFL of treating him like a slave despite the fact that the league gave him yet another chance to continue his pro football career.
On Saturday, Kaepernick abruptly canceled the workout the NFL scheduled for him, and instead donned a shirt comparing himself to a slave during a workout at a local Atlanta high school.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has not played since the end of the 2016 season, during which he invented the protest against the country as the national anthem played. But his exclusion from pro football has been a focus of attention as supporters claim he has been “blackballed” from the league for his extreme, left-wing activism.
Finally, last week, the NFL announced that it had scheduled a workout for Kaepernick so that the league could get a look to see if he has remained at peak playing form during this three-year absence from the field.
However, while initially welcomed by Kaepernick, communications about the plans for the workout grew tense between the player and the league. Ultimately, Kaepernick canceled the workout only a half-hour before it was scheduled, reportedly because he was barred from bringing his own film crew.
Instead of attending the workout the NFL had planned, Kaepernick performed a workout of his own at a local Atlanta high school. But as he took the field at Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, the millionaire player was seen wearing a shirt with the name “Kunte Kinte” emblazoned across it.
Kunte Kinte is, of course, the famous slave character from the book Roots.
As New York sports reporter Chris Williamson reported:
Kap is wearing a Kunta Kinte shirt before his workout for NFL teams. pic.twitter.com/BZrWbdJiQd
— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) November 16, 2019
It is easy to speculate that Kaepernick intended to war this shirt even if he attended the NFL workout. After all, it is not likely he could have had such a shirt made in the hour before the NFL event that he suddenly decided not to attend.
In any case, this is far from the first time that the infamous anthem protester has worn clothing with an eyebrow-raising, left-wing theme.
Also in 2016, Kaepernick said that the U.S. was never great, noting that he was standing up against the whole country in general, not just against “racism,” with his anthem protests.
With the weekend’s fiasco complete, multi-millionaire Colin Kaepernick continues to portray himself as a victim.
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