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Fri Feb 15, 2019, 11:58 PM

Colin Kaepernick Is Silenced by a Settlement, but His Knee Spoke Volumes

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/15/sports/colin-kaepernick-nfl-human-rights.html

Colin Kaepernick Is Silenced by a Settlement, but His Knee Spoke Volumes
By Michael Powell
Feb. 15, 2019


Colin Kaepernick acknowledging cheers after his 49ers beat the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2016, the season he started kneeling during the pregame national anthem — and his last in the N.F.L. Usa Today Sports/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

So a compelling two-year run of American political and cultural theater comes to a deeply unsatisfying conclusion. Colin Kaepernick, a once brilliant young quarterback, chose to take a knee for his beliefs and endured apparent blackballing by the most powerful sports league in North America.

It would be churlish to criticize this man for taking an unspecified financial settlement and signing a nondisclosure agreement with the National Football League after he had accused the league’s teams of colluding to keep him out. He sacrificed for his beliefs and with a dignified use of free speech, that grandest of American traditions, he came to personify a coming of political age across several sports.

He persevered despite sprays of vitriol from this nation’s president, Donald J. Trump, who in 2017 used the specter of this black man to stir resentments.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of those N.F.L. owners, when someone disrespects our flag, to say: ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’ ” Trump told a crowd in Alabama.

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dalton99a Feb 2019 OP
OnDoutside Feb 2019 #1
onetexan Feb 2019 #2
OnDoutside Feb 2019 #3
SunSeeker Feb 2019 #4
dogwood000 Feb 2019 #5

Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 03:47 AM

1. Is that the end of his football career ? Surely politics is his next step ?

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 10:09 AM

2. he's got millions now, he doesn't need to risk hurting himself by playing

he's also got the lucrative Nike deal as well. I'd like him to be an activist and later venture into politics.

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Response to onetexan (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 10:53 AM

3. Good for him, he deserves it.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 05:08 PM

4. I wonder why they had him sign an nondisclosure agreement.

What we we already know is bad enough. What kind of bad shit is worth paying $80M to keep covered up?

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2019, 03:42 AM

5. WE can do this!

The uber rich (including NFL owners) have declared war on all of us. We can fight back against all of this injustice if we get organized and fight back. Having money should not control opinions.

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