Kaepernick NFL protests planned in Atlanta and around the country today

  • Kaepernick NFL protests planned in Atlanta and around the country today

Kaepernick NFL protests planned in Atlanta and around the country today

His supporters say he's being blackballed.

On the other hand, Kaepernick bears more than a little responsibility for that, too.

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The QB had a stellar statistical season but was not signed by a team.

"It's a societal issue", Colon said.

Not only are people concerned about bringing Kaepernick on as a backup, they also seem concerned about his natural abilities and modern National Football League systems. Kaepernick was voted most disliked player in the National Football League, with 37 percent of white people disliking him "a lot", according to ESPN.

Chris Long, a white defensive end with the Philadelphia Eagles, similarly wrapped his arm around his teammate safety Malcolm Jenkins, whose fist was raised in the air, before Thursday's game.

A small counter-protest gathered across the street.

In its letter, the NCAAP insisted that Kaepernick is being punished for "exercising his free speech", a claim that makes little sense considering the fact that a dozen other players also protested last year and many are taking up the protest this year and none of them have faced any consequences.

"You can't tell me you're having men who beat their wives contracts and not give it to him".

Indeed, over the course of the 90-minute rally, Green and several other speakers-local politicians, preachers, and activists-told the crowd what they wanted done. "It would change the whole conversation". It is not clear whether these statistics are coming back to haunt him now that he is looking for a place to play, Huffington Post reported.

"The league needs to do a better job with social justice issues", he said.

Robert Smith, another National Football League fan, reflected on sports in the past. In one sense, this was a protest over a protester being denied work. There were only a handful of people who waved a Thin Blue Line flag meant to honor living and fallen law enforcement officers.

That has sparked debate about whether Kaepernick's protests are the reason for his continued unemployment, with most evidence suggesting that's the case. "We want to make sure that they continue to speak up for the lives of black and brown people in this country". But with the way things are going, it might be only a matter of time. And, on Saturday, Kaepernick attended a rally with 75 current and retired New York City police officers, including famed whistleblower, Frank Serpico.

Baseball legend Hank Aaron came to the defense of Colin Kaepernick, saying the unsigned quarterback is "getting a raw deal". Black Americans are twice as likely as white Americans to be unarmed when police kill them, according to a study released in February.