In September 2016, San Fransico 49'ers' Quarter Back, Colin Kaepernick, caught the media's attention after he was seen kneeling during the National Anthem. Kaepernick, who has now quit the NFL in favor of his political stance, refused to stand during the anthem because of his views on the country’s treatment of racial minorities.
Though many ostracized the sportsman for "disrespecting" the country, many have shown their support for him and his cause, including a number of high-profile celebrities.
Though it seems his chances of playing in the NFL are still rather slim, he's not giving up - as he explained on Twitter this week.
Many were hopeful that this NFL season would spark the return of Kaepernick...But it's seeming less and less likely.
Kaepernick is not on the roster...Which came as a shock to many sports fans.
Earlier this year, it really looked as though Kaepernick's career was gaining momentum...His stance on the BLM movement brought his name back into the headlines.
Some assumed this would mean he would finally be signed once more.People were excited to see Kaepernick back doing what he does best!
But those hopes might now be dashed.Just what is going on with Kaepernick's career?
So, a little bit about Colin Kaepernick...
via: GettyKaepernick, born in Milwaukee in 1987, is a former quarterback-turned-activist who is known for his political activism regarding systematic racism against African-Americans.
Kneeling for what he believes in...
He knelt during the national anthem in protest of police shootings of African-American men and other social injustices faced by black people in the US.an interview in 2016, Kaepernick said: "To me, this is something that has to change, and when there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."
His kneeling was a sign of respect.Kaepernick later said that he "couldn't show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." He opted for kneeling over sitting, however, as a sign of respect for the men and women who fight for the United States.
Kaepernick's actions inspired others...
The NFL's response wasn't positive, however.Initially, the NFL released a statement claiming that players were only encouraged, and not required, to stand during the national anthem. But, in 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent. No team would offer him a contract, and, in October of that year, he filed a grievance against the league, accusing team owners of colluding to keep him signed.
Yet players still continued to kneel.
This announcement caused even more outrage...
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell https://t.co/1Vn7orTo1R— NFL (@NFL)1527092658.0
Kaepernick was used as the face for Nike's "Just Do It" campaign...For the thirtieth anniversary of Nike's "Just Do It" campaign in September 2018, Colin Kaepernick was used as the frontman of the global phenomenon, along with the headline: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."
Kaepernick is now endorsed by Nike.
And he has had had a flurry of support from thousands of people all over the world.
via: GettyAfter Donald Trump said that athletes who kneeled during the national anthem were disrespecting the U.S. and its patriotic symbols, the hashtags #TakeAKnee and #TaketheKnee began trending.
And a number of celebrities have voiced their support.
I wrote about why the NFL players' protests are patriotic. https://t.co/hYEWhfJUvU— John Legend (@John Legend)1506277280.0
Stevie Wonder was another iconic figure to show his alliance with Kaepernick.The music legend performed at the Global Citizens Festival in New York in September 2017. And he had the following to say in support of Kaepernick and the other NFL players... “Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America," Wonder said, kneeling down arm in arm with his son, Kwame Morris. “But not just one knee — I’m taking both knees."
Even the whole cast of Star Trek: Discovery rallied together to show their support...
And one of his biggest vocal supporters is none other than Rihanna.
via: GettyShe took her support beyond just voicing her opinion.
Rihanna famously turned down the Super Bowl performance...
via: GettyThe Super Bowl half-time show is one of the biggest entertainment events in the world, and each year features iconic musicians.
RiRi was asked to perform at the huge event...
via: GettyBut she turned down the invite, saying that she "couldn't dare do that" to Colin Kaepernick.
She believes that the NFL player was being blackballed.
Rihanna has been vocal about her disapproval of the organization.
via: Getty"There are things within that organization that I do not agree with at all," the singer explained, "...and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way."
Following the BLM movement, many expected to see Kaepernick back on the field.But that just doesn't seem to be the case.
In fact, the interest in Kaepernick has been branded as "fake.""Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there was some “fake" interest expressed immediately after Floyd’s death, seemingly out of guilt," a source claims.
He's not giving up, though...
1,363 days of being denied employment. Still putting in work with @E_Reid35 Still going hard 5 days a week.… https://t.co/vn76u5U3s5— Colin Kaepernick (@Colin Kaepernick)1606157001.0