Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick may not be in the NFL but he’s getting a lot of support from other NFL players, and Aaron Rodgers is the latest.
Kaepernick made headlines last season for kneeling during the National Anthem, which sparked league-wide National Anthem protests as well as a mix of outrage and support from the public.
After parting ways with the 49ers at the end of last season, Kaepernick has yet to find a job in the NFL at quarterback–even as a backup.
The NFL, along with many of its franchises, has said that Kaepernick is not being blackballed from the league, however, the longer he goes without a spot on a roster, the longer that sentiment is proven to be untrue.
Kaepernick’s situation has led to more National Anthem protests this preseason, public petitions in support of him and protests outside of the NFL’s offices in New York in support of him as well.
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The NFL is in the spotlight when it comes to Kaepernick and people are paying attention. Even celebrities are making statements about Kaepernick and his cause, which proves that this issue is not going to go away on its own.
Instead, the longer Kaepernick goes without a job the bigger and brighter the spotlight on the NFL to do something about it.
What puts even an even bigger target on the NFL than outside pressure is pressure from within. Kaepernick’s latest support came from NFL champion and MVP QB Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers recently said,
“I think he should be on a roster right now. I think it’s because of his protests he’s not.”
Kaepernick and Rodgers have had their share of battles against each other so it makes sense that Rodgers would be in support of a player he has respect for.
But one thing that Rodgers’ bill of support does for Kaepernick’s cause is put a white star in his corner.
As of today Kaepernick is no closer to a job than he was yesterday, but the more prominent white allies he has, the better his chances.