Fans are showing support for Colin Kaepernick in a rather unusual way this week... by comparing his treatment to that of Tom Brady, and we have to say, it makes for very revealing reading.
Many were hopeful that this NFL season would spark the return of Kaepernick...
But he's been ostracized yet again - and many are annoyed.
Especially since there are many other players in the NFL with controversial opinions.
Like Tom Brady, for instance.
Many fans think the way Kaepernick has been treated shows prejudice.
And they made a statement this week.
Many took to social media to get Kaepernick trending...
To highlight the many ways he's been treated differently to Brady - and it makes for pretty enlightening reading ...
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.
After Kaepernick's attorney stated that "athletes who protest peacefully should not be punished," public backlash mounted until team owners declared that all team personnel on the field must "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."
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...
Getty ImagesFor 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.
The "sacrifice" is clearly in reference to his kneeling protests that resulted in him not being able to participate in the sport anymore.
The fact that Nike used his image and beliefs to promote its brand is a huge step forward for the rights of Black Americans and the racial injustices that still go on to this very day.
And he has 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.
Getty ImagesThe 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...
Actress, Sonequa Martin-Green, shared a photo on her Instagram of the team all kneeling on their knees with the hashtag, #takeaknee.
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 rise of the BLM movement, many expected to see Kaepernick back on the field.
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.
The star is 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
I want to live in a country where liberals who smeared colin kaepernick as an evil radical bc of his protest and we… https://t.co/IVAL2toHrC— ☀️👀 (@☀️👀)1606141500.0
@ScottMAustin @maddow They said Colin Kaepernick disrespected the flag. https://t.co/DgqH3torkK— just kev (@just kev)1606108479.0
Observation: There is a significant overlap in the group of people complaining about Twitter and Facebook “censorin… https://t.co/tMhko9mLa7— Charitie Hartsig ⚖️🌵 (@Charitie Hartsig ⚖️🌵)1606045321.0
I want to live in a country where @Kaepernick7 doesn’t have to take a knee. https://t.co/ZQ2875vAhL— Jessica Pants (@Jessica Pants)1606099382.0
The same league that’s been blackballing Colin Kaepernick wants us to celebrate the first time they’ve had an all B… https://t.co/RuicXwrPL3— Colb (@Colb)1606188427.0
I'm going to speak the truth when I'm asked about it. - Colin Kaepernick 👑 https://t.co/eeOcwbYQTn— NaKeila Rashid Freeney (@NaKeila Rashid Freeney)1606144135.0
Every time, and I mean every time Colin Kaepernick says something, folks who fear Black liberation find themselves… https://t.co/x9pVjV8PfS— L E F T, PhD ⚫️ (@L E F T, PhD ⚫️)1605996947.0
“You can protest as long as it’s non violent!” Colin Kaepernick : *kneels* Republicans : “REEEEEEEEE!!” https://t.co/l5685M7BRw— NixUniverse (@NixUniverse)1606143840.0
And now, many have taken to social media to prove another point.
How different Kaepernick has been treated to his fellow NFL player, Tom Brady.
Funny how people can separate Tom Brady’s politics from his game, but struggle to do the same when it comes to Kaepernick.— Ahmed Ali (@Ahmed Ali)1611546779.0
Trending & fair topic: Some football fans are pointing out that [Tom Brady's] politics, i.e., his friendship with… https://t.co/JWqzRiE3qR— Diana Montalion (@Diana Montalion)1611612538.0
Tom Brady broke his phone because he was innocent in the Deflategate scandal, bought a million dollar boat after re… https://t.co/Jw9XdkY3lU— Tre (@Tre)1611588792.0
Plus Colin Kaepernick didn't steal money from taxpayers with nearly a million in PPE loans. https://t.co/rcvr4tVuoV— I'm Just a Fully-Vaccinated Bill (@I'm Just a Fully-Vaccinated Bill)1611601588.0
What do you think?
Is there a comparison to be made over the way the two have been treated?