Shaun King’s Boycotting the NFL For Their Treatment of Kaepernick


Shaun King’s Boycotting the NFL For Their Treatment of Kaepernick

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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.”
As you probably expected, the statement was quickly jumped upon by the right wing media. Breitbart called King “the nation’s whitest black activist” and described Kaepernick as an “anti-American protester”, while The Blaze reminded readers that King has a long history of launching unsuccessful boycotts.
Fox Sports analyst Clay Travis has also been very critical of King’s decision, tweeting: “The NFL is 70% black & is responsible for creating more black millionaires than any business in American history.”
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For Kaepernick, this is yet another bump in the road. The former 49ers quarterback has been in the news constantly since beginning his anthem boycotts at the start of last season, during which time, his actions have been criticized by people on both sides of the political divide. He met with even more criticism in March when he announced that he “does not plan to take a knee during the pre-game national anthems next season”.
49ers G.M. John Lynch says Kaepernick was very close to signing with a new team several months ago, but the deal apparently “fell through”.

3 Responses to "Shaun King’s Boycotting the NFL For Their Treatment of Kaepernick"

  1. Ucare   Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    . Really think the NFL care if Shaun king boycott them .LMAO keep getting more and ridiculous

  2. Ginny   Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I’m an old white 73 year old white woman who is so disappointed in my fellow white people, men especially. Too many of them are bigots and racists, who are anti-blacks; actually anti non-whites. Crimony, color of skin is such a minor thing. Strength of personality, of character, is what counts.

    I support Colin for the brave stance he has taken. He has done nothing wrong. Not salute the flag; not stand with hand over heart during our national anthem? Who cares. Big deal. He’s patriotic. I’m patriotic. I have American soldiers, whom I have adopted, and who are deployed overseas. I volunteer at our local VA Hospital. I fly my American flag at home. But I swear, I would sit or kneel alongside Colin during our national anthem.

    He deserves a lot of respect and friendship. People need to pay attention to what he advocates.

  3. Joe   Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I’m with you Ginny. If expressing one’s position on matters of importance can cost one’s job, we are all in jeopardy of losing our right to speak freely.