#ImWithKap trends ahead of Super Bowl as activists, celebrities vow to stand with Colin Kaepernick
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The hashtag #ImWithKap began trending on Twitter on Sunday as many celebrities and athletes vowed to stand in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the day of the Super Bowl.

Rapper Common, comedian Nick Cannon, film director Ava Duvernay and actress Jodie Turner-Smith were among the individuals to post a tweet including words of support for Kaepernick with the #ImWithKap hashtag.

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Duvernay and Turner-Smith, as well as The Root, a digital magazine that explores issues from an African-American perspective, vowed to boycott the game to protest the fact that Kaepernick remains unsigned by an NFL franchise. 

"I will not be a spectator, viewer or supporter of the

Kaepernick became a free agent when the 2016-17 season concluded and has not been signed by an NFL franchise since. He later filed a grievance against NFL owners in 2017 and claimed they colluded to keep him out of the league.

An arbitrator ruled last summer that his case against the league could proceed to a trial.