Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took some heat on Twitter for practically begging the National Football League for a job — after comparing teams and coaches to slave traders in his Netflix special.
Kaepernick said that he had been “staying ready” over the past five years since leaving the NFL amid the controversy over his choice to protest during the national anthem that plays at the beginning of each game.
“For the past 5 years I’ve been working out and staying ready in case an opportunity to play presented itself. I’m really grateful to my trainer, who I’ve been throwing to all this time. But man, do I miss throwing to professional route runners. Who’s working?? I will pull up,” he tweeted on Sunday.
For The past 5 years I’ve been working out and staying ready in case an opportunity to play presented itself. I’m really grateful to my trainer, who I’ve been throwing to all this time. But man, do I miss throwing to professional route runners.
Who’s working?? I will pull up
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) March 13, 2022
“I don’t know why anybody would be reluctant to hire you after you did a Netflix show accusing them of slavery,” Jim Treacher (@jtlol) tweeted in response.
Delano Squires added, “Why would you be fighting so hard to get back into a league you claim is run like a plantation, @Kaepernick7? Do you really prefer the NFL’s oppression to the freedom you have to promote prison abolition as an activist?”
“The irony of wanting to go back to the plantation is crazy,” Barrington Martin II agreed.
“The free market decides whether or not he’ll play in the NFL again. If he’s good enough, a team will sign him. It’s that simple,” Beverly Hallberg argued.
Kaepernick became a household name when he sat out the national anthem, later choosing to kneel while it was playing before games — and he argued that he was not protesting the anthem specifically or the United States military.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” Kaepernick said in 2016.
Several days later, he added, “There is police brutality — people of color have been targeted by police. That’s a large part of it. [The police] are government officials. They are put in place by the government so that’s something that the country has to change. There are things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher…You have people who practice law, lawyers, who go to school for 8 years, but you can be a cop in 6 months. You don’t have to do the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. I mean someone with a curling iron has more education and training than people who have a gun. That’s insane.”
The QB was benched, and while the league attributed that to his lackluster performance on the field, Kaepernick and many who supported him claimed it was a punitive action for his antics on the sidelines.
Still, Kaepernick managed to land a Netflix deal — and in “Colin in Black & White,” he compared the NFL combine to the slave market and the coaches to traders.
“But let me tell you, what they don’t want you to understand, is what’s established is a power dynamic,” Kaepernick claimed. “Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod, and examine you searching for any defect that might affect your performance. No boundary respected. No dignity left intact.”
Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL combine, which allows all players of all races a voluntary chance to become multi-millionaires, to slavery. Anyone still defending this imbecile lacks a functional brain. pic.twitter.com/rMaKi7c6xh
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 30, 2021
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