He was blackballed by the NFL after silently protesting police brutality by silently taking a knee on the sidelines during the national anthem at the start of NFL games.
On the night of May 30, after three nights of protest around the country following the death of George Floyd, 47, recorded on video showing former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeing him in the neck — the NFL released a statement.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mr. George Floyd and to those who have lost loved ones, including the families of Ms. Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, the cousin of Tracy Walker of the Detroit Lions,” the NFL statement continued.
Kaepernick often made the point that his protest was focused on police brutality and racism in America.
Other players joined Kaepernick in protest during his last year in the league and his momentum was building
“Wow I can’t believe all the NFL owners turned out to be colluding racists and Kaepernick was right the whole time.