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Kaepernick says he’s being ‘denied employment’: #StillReady

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Former NFL star and activist Colin Kaepernick says that he has now been “denied employment” in the league for 1,363 days.

Kaepernick on Monday posted a one-minute video montage of him completing football drills at various fields with his former San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid. Along with the video, he tweeted “Still going hard 5 days a week. #StillReady #StopRunning.”

Kaepernick has not played for an NFL team since the 2016 season, when he became the first player to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

Last November, he had the opportunity to work out in front of multiple NFL scouts, but that move also attracted controversy when Kaepernick changed the venue the day of, saying that the NFL would not allow media at the original location, CNN reported.

In August, amid renewed Black Lives Matter protests, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he wished the NFL listened to Kaepernick more early on.

“I wish we had listened earlier, Kaep, to what you were kneeling about and what you were trying to bring attention to,” Goodell said. “We had invited him in several times to have the conversation, to have the dialogue. I wish we had the benefit of that, we never did. We would have benefited from that, absolutely.” 

President Trump indicated in June that Kaepernick should get another shot in the NFL.

“I would love to see him get another shot. But obviously he has to be able to play well. If he can’t play well, I think it would be very unfair,” Trump said at the time.

Kaepernick’s Twitter post came on the same day as the NFL celebrated the first all-Black crew to officiate a game. Veteran referee Jerome Boger, umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, side judge Dale Shaw, field judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed officiated the Monday night game in which the Los Angeles Rams beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tags Black Lives Matter Colin Kaepernick Donald Trump kneeling protests National anthem protests NFL Roger Goodell unemployed
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