Liberals supporting the “Black Lives Matter” movement are launching a nationwide boycott of the NFL, claiming teams are refusing to sign former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick over comments he made critical of police.
They vow to cancel NFL TV packages, refuse to speak about teams on social media and cease all viewing of games and purchases of merchandise until Kaepernick is signed to a team.
Their petition at Change.org has already attracted around 67,000 signatures.
The petition reads, in part:
On August 26, 2016, San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat down during the National Anthem before the 3rd preseason game of the upcoming 2016 NFL season. Right after the game, he told NFL Media why he sat during the anthem, prompting his now-famous statement:
“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.”…
…Since then, no one has offered Colin Kaepernick, a Super Bowl QB just a few years ago, a NFL job despite cries from NFL Players and analysts, both black and white. He also has a better Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) than half the backup quarterbacks signed right now...
…If you are appalled by this, then show your power by boycotting the NFL until Kaepernick gets signed to a team. This means to not watch any games, no social media comments about your favorite team before/during/after the games, don’t attend the stadiums, and don’t buy any merchandise which represents the league or your favorite team...
…P.S.: If you already have a NFL package (Sunday ticket, etc.)…please cancel / unsubscribe.
While Kaepernick’s career QBR is 88.9, his career has largely followed the same track as Robert Griffin III. After a strong start, he has struggled the last three seasons as teams have figured out his read option offense. The 2016 the 49ers offense was completely retooled to fit his skill set. While that boosted his statistics, the team went 1-11 with him as a starter. As a backup, he would be expected to follow an offense drawn up for the starting quarterback. Only two teams, Carolina and Seattle, run an offense like Kaepernick ran in San Francisco. Neither are looking for a backup quarterback right now, and both Kaepernick and former Heisman Trophy and NFL Rookie of the Year winner Griffin are currently out of a job.