I don’t agree with everything Spike Lee says, but when he posted on Instagram that he found it “fishy” that NFL teams weren’t champing at the bit to scoop up free agent Colin Kaepernick, I had to agree.
For those still asleep, besides having one of the most perfect Afros that has ever Afroed, Kaepernick, who played for the San Francisco 49ers, spent the entire 2016 NFL season kneeling during the national anthem to protest the killings of unarmed black men, women and children at the hands of police.
Many Trump voters called the protest un-American. At the end of the season, the 49ers let Kaepernick, his perfect Afro and all his pro-blackness go. Since being released, Kaepernick has vowed that he has no intention of protesting this upcoming season, but still no offers.
Recently, Spike Lee and his sweet Malcolm X cap met up with Kaepernick, which led to this Instagram post:
And Spike is right. Look—Kaepernick isn’t the best quarterback, by any means, but acting as if he can’t play in this league, or couldn’t bring value to a team, is ridiculous. He’s sitting on the free agent market for one reason and one reason alone: He’s a black man who protested about black issues, and that makes white America uncomfortable.
Also, let’s be super clear about this: If his talent outweighed his protest, no one would care. The NFL has made a habit of offering second chances to domestic abusers, men who have been accused of murder, men who savagely beat their children, and men who’ve been arrested for various felonies, including drunk driving and assault. But standing up for black rights is a just a little too taboo for the NFL.