Colin Kaepernick tweets gratitude to supporters at NFL HQ rally
Colin Kaepernick on Thursday took to Twitter to express gratitude to those who attended a rally in his support outside NFL headquarters in New York.
Kaepernick has been unable to find employment despite the fact several quarterbacks with arguably lesser pedigrees managed to sign with NFL teams this past offseason.
Approximately 1,000 people were estimated at the rally, called United We Stand, Wednesday, many wearing the quarterback’s jersey. Kaepernick’s tweet praised those who attended the really by pointing out how his “faith always has been and always will be in the power of the people!”
Thank you to everyone who went out to support yesterday. My faith always has been and always will be in the power of the people! pic.twitter.com/T7IWCOCm4K
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 24, 2017
The rally came on the heels of the NAACP writing a letter in which the organization requested a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that alleges Kaepernick is “being victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech.”
“In order to determine the best approach to protecting players from being unfairly persecuted for their political beliefs,” the NAACP wrote in the letter, via The Washington Post. “we hope to begin a dialogue with you and any other members of NFL leadership who have a vested interest in preserving the league’s integrity.”
Numerous theories have been forwarded in an attempt to explain Kaepernick’s continued unemployment. Whether he’s actually being blackballed or not — something Goodell, among others, have denied — it’s arguably curious at best why a quarterback as talented as Kaepernick remains unsigned at this point.
Although it has been suggested by some, including NFL players, pundits and unnamed NFL team sources, that Kaepernick simply lacks the talent and/or skill set to be worth the risk of any potential backlash over signing him.
That said, until Kaepernick does land with a team — if that ever happens — expect the perpetual conversation to continue.
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith on Friday pledged the union would support Kaepernick in any way possible, including potential lawsuits.
“The reality in these situations is that the union stands ready to help Colin in any way,” Smith said on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike,” via ESPN.