Daily News columnist Shaun King announced this week that he’s boycotting the NFL for their “blatant bigotry and anti-blackness”, as well as it’s alleged blacklisting of Colin Kaepernick.
On Tuesday, King wrote [via New York Daily News]:
“I won’t be watching the NFL this year. I can’t, in good conscience, support this league, with many of its pro-Trump owners, as it blacklists my friend and brother Colin Kaepernick for taking a silent, peaceful stance against injustice and police brutality in America. It’s disgusting and has absolutely nothing to do with football and everything to do with penalizing a brilliant young man for the principled stance he took last season… [Kaepernick] threw three more touchdowns and eight fewer interceptions than Austin Davis has in his entire career in the league, but somehow, Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have job?
It’s racism. It’s bigotry. It’s discrimination. Period. It’s not football. Don’t call it football.
…Colin Kaepernick is not washed up. He’s in the prime of his physical career. He has no injuries. He’s brilliantly smart. He’s a good family dude with no criminal record. He’s a homebody. He’s deeply committed to community service. He gets along with his teammates. He takes care of his money. Yet, in spite of playing all of his cards right, this man can’t get a job in the league because he dared to speak out against police brutality and threaten the ridiculous fragility of the conservative white male fan base.…As a leader in the Black Lives Matter Movement, as a voice in the resistance to Donald Trump, and as a friend of Colin Kaepernick, I cannot, in good conscience, support the NFL any longer.”