Although the future has been looking uncertain for NFL icon, Colin Kaepernick, there has been some very exciting news regarding his debut jersey...
Evidently, Kaepernick still maintains a loyal fanbase.Because a jersey worn by the star during his debut season has just sold for a record-breaking sum of money. Here's the full story...
Kaepernick, born in Milwaukee in 1987, is a former quarterback-turned-activist...
via: GettyBut these days, he is best 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...
If any team members where caught kneeling during the anthem, the team would be fined and the decision would be upon the team leader whether or not they punish that particular player. This did not sit well with the players, nor did it with the rest of America.
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell https://t.co/1Vn7orTo1R— NFL (@NFL)1527092658.0
Kaepernick was then 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.
Musician John Legend penned his own op-ed for Slate, titled “The NFL Protests Are Patriotic." In his piece, Legend called out Trump for suppressing voter rights and talked about important protests in history.
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.
Last year, Rihanna famously turned down a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl.
via: GettyThe Super Bowl half-time show is one of the biggest entertainment events in the world, and each year features iconic musicians.
The singer 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 isn't giving up, though...
Because he shared this message on Twitter last month. Even so, many were still doubtful ...
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 Colin Kaepernick is seen as a hero and Kyle Rittenhouse is seen as a terrorist. https://t.co/2hSX0Nz2lR— George Takei (@George Takei)1606136345.0
The same people who smeared Kaepernick for exercising his right to protest, are celebrating the murderer on the rig… https://t.co/v3BE9xQyvC— Francis Maxwell (@Francis Maxwell)1606173592.0
If you’re outraged by Colin Kaepernick peaceful kneeling but not Kyle Rittenhouse murdering 2 people. Then you’re the problem.— mohamad safa (@mohamad safa)1606160687.0
I hope everyone knows now why Colin Kaepernick knelt for the National Anthem. USA has a sickness and it is not just Covid. #ColinKaepernick— The Fly (@The Fly)1606147042.0
i want to live in a world where Colin Kaepernick gets to play football in a player-owned league and white supremacy… https://t.co/YFZB3JsgqY— derecka (@derecka)1606140956.0
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
By kneeling, Colin Kaepernick let us do the work for him. He didn't need to belabor the point, he just let us show… https://t.co/CnAtKiTbAY— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz)1606229531.0
Observation: There is a significant overlap in the group of people complaining about Twitter and Facebook “censorin… https://t.co/tMhko9mLa7— Charitie Hartsig 😷 Masking for a Friend ⚖️🌵 (@Charitie Hartsig 😷 Masking for a Friend ⚖️🌵)1606045321.0
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