Ava DuVernay casts Jaden Michael as young Colin Kaepernick for new mini-series
The filmmaker, who has teamed with bosses at Netflix for Colin in Black & White, has cast The Get Down star Jaden Michael for the six-episode biographical drama, which she'll partly direct with Kaepernick as the narrator.Colin in Black & White will focus on Kaepernick’s youth and subsequent rise to fame.The sportsman came under fire after staging a series of kneeling National Anthem protests before San Francisco 49ers games in 2017. He has since become a figure of heroism and activism, generating support from several notable figures after he was dismissed from the National Football League (NFL...
Colin Kaepernick Slams NFL, Claims They Are Blackballing Eric Reid
While many fans of the NFL and social justice advocates call for a team to sign Colin Kaepernick, the first athlete to kneel for the national anthem as a form of protest, many forget about safety Eric Reid, who was the first player to join Kaepernick in kneeling, who has also seen limited opportunities since.On his Twitter account Sunday, Kaepernick slammed the NFL for what he says is an active blackballing of Reid. “While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) for fighting for the Black community. Eric set 2 fra...
Colin Kaepernick Returns In ‘Madden 21’
Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, is making a comeback to football in the digital world of Madden 21. Announced yesterday, EA has confirmed via social media that the athlete will return to Madden in a free update.“Colin Kaepernick is one of the top free agents in football and a starting-caliber quarterback. The team at EA SPORTS, along with millions of Madden NFL fans, want to see him back in our game,” reads an official statement on Twitter. “Knowing that our EA Sports experiences are platforms for players to create, we want to make Madden NFL a place that ...
Here's how Kaepernick returned to 'Madden' even without an NFL contract
Video game enthusiasts didn’t have the chance to play as Colin Kaepernick in the three most recent editions of EA Sports’ Madden NFL franchise.This year Kaepernick returns to the game for Madden 21 after negotiating the rights to his likeness with the video game company, according to The Undefeated’s Aaron Dodson.EA Sports has not included the former 49ers star quarterback since the 2016 season, explaining that as a free agent, his likeness was not included in the group licensing agreement that the company negotiates with the NFL Players Association.But after the police killings of Breonna Tay...
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With Kaepernick still unsigned ahead of NFL season, Roger Goodell puts onus on teams
Colin Kaepernick is about to start his fourth consecutive NFL season as a free agent.The former 49ers quarterback is reportedly in good physical shape, but no team has been willing to go further than hosting him for a workout since he and San Francisco parted ways following the 2016 season.NBC Sports’ Peter King asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who recently apologized publicly to Kaepernick for the league’s lack of support in his protest against police violence, if he was “dispirited” that no team had signed Kaepernick.“Those are club decisions,” he said. “I’ve encouraged teams to evaluat...
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Roger Goodell Regrets Not Listening To Colin Kaepernick On Anthem Protests
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick received a massive amount of attention for starting a movement for players to kneel during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. The blowback for Kaepernick has been that he has gone unsigned by an NFL team for years.In response, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell created a policy that all NFL players must stand during the national anthem.Last week, Goodell said he regrets his actions and wishes that he listened to Kaepernick back then.During an interview for the show Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Goodell expressed his s...
NFL commissioner Goodell to Kaepernick: 'I wish we had listened earlier' to racial justice protest
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell again expressed remorse for how he and the league reacted when Colin Kaepernick started kneeling in protest during the national anthem four years ago.During an interview with ex-NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho of Fox Sports 1 posted Sunday, Goodell said he wished “we had listened earlier” to the message the former 49ers quarterback was trying to deliver.Goodell repeated an apology he made in June for equating players kneeling to them disrespecting the flag, rather than an indictment on racial inequality and police brutality as Kaepernick intended.“I wish we had list...
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Kelly Stafford: I was wrong to criticize Colin Kaepernick for kneeling for national anthem
DETROIT — Three years after she criticized Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said she was wrong.“When Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, I had strong feelings about it,” Kelly Stafford wrote in an Instagram post Saturday. “Even when he kept saying it had nothing to do with the flag or military, I didn’t listen. I kept not listening to him or anyone else and let the political rhetoric persuade me that him kneeling was disrespectful to our military.“Over the past several months, I have opened my ears, mind, ...
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Shannon Ryan: Meyers Leonard received support, understanding and compassion for showing dissent during the national anthem. But where was this empathy for Colin Kaepernick?
Across the NBA, players are kneeling for the national anthem.The contrast in unity is so stark and jarring from four years ago when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustices.Even the referees and most coaches are kneeling.Participation in this once-polarizing form of protest is now so suddenly universal that when a player stands for the anthem, he stands out. And at the NBA restart, it was the Miami Heat’s Meyers Leonard, who is white, who drew attention.Leonard, a former Illini star whose brother served in the m...
Colin Kaepernick To Receive Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization announced on Monday that they were awarding former 49er’s quarterback, and who is commonly referred to as the main catalyst for racial injustice protest in sports, Colin Kaepernick for his work in furthering human rights and combating racial injustice. In a statement released by the RFKHR, Kaepernick said, “In 2017, I was in the audience honoring Mr. Harry Belafonte as he accepted the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award. I am humbled to follow the footsteps of individuals like Mr. B and to be in the company of all the other laureates. Thank yo...