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Monday, June 01, 2020

The Players Coalition, which put out a statement on [George] Floyd this weekend, was established at a time when NFL players' protesting of police brutality was a hot-button issue beyond the playing field of an NFL stadium. While problems continue to exist on a larger scale, the group has worked at a micro level, sending groups of players on social justice reform trips focused on learning more about the landscape to better focus their efforts, for example. It hasn't just been a trending topic that dissipated with time in NFL locker rooms, but the latest instance of an unarmed black man losing his life at the hands of police officers has again brought the larger issue to the forefront of the American consciousness.

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Glad Kaepernick's story is coming back to light.

#1 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-06-01 11:51 PM | Reply

What a bunch of disingenuous crap. Let me know when Kaepernick had his job back with back pay and maybe I'll consider believing a word the NFL says on this subject.

#2 | Posted by qcp at 2020-06-02 07:42 AM | Reply

At some point in the not too distant future I'd like to see the NFL create a separate annual award from their Man of the Year honoree that spotlights specific work and achievements in the realm of righting the social injustice and systemic inequalities that exist throughout our society.

And it should be named the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Collin Kaepernick Humanitarian of the Year Award.

At his point it couldn't be more apropos. King tragically paid with his life in the fight for social justice. Kaepernick conversely paid with his career in order to highlight systemic injustice. Both should be memorialized for the visionaries they happen to be.

Kaepernick was never taking a knee against this nation's flag. He took a knee in prescience and support for this nation's George Floyds.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-02 07:52 AM | Reply

I'm with OCP, when Kaepernick has his job back then, and only then, will I listen to anything the NFL owners have to say. I have loved it this week as police officers were taking a knew, that's progress. It wasn't too long ago that almost everyone I know was angry with Kaepernich for doing what he did. Progress is very slow but I think, I hope, that we are slowly progressing.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2020-06-02 08:05 AM | Reply

You're high if you think Kaep plays again.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-02 08:08 AM | Reply

You're high if you think Kaep plays again.

You're high if you don't realize that this past week's events have placed the NFL in a horrible marketing position as it regards their blackballing of someone who simply tried to warn us of what we now all see.

Kaepernick may no longer have the skills and ability to perform as an NFL quarterback, but for the sake of billions I expect to see the entire league issue copious mea culpas in penance for how Kaep was wrongly mistreated and ostracized for his righteous belief to shine the light on police injustices heaped upon members of his own community.

Understand, the lie the league bought into was that Kaep was being selfish and disrespectful toward the flag and military. Now we've got police commissioners and officers all over the country taking knees with protesters before God and man. Taking a knee is now a sign of respect and reverence toward systemic injustice that Kaep thought important enough years ago to have taken his stance for that cost him his career.

I think the door for Kaep's return has been blown wide open and in time that path will be strewn with figurative rose petals as well. I don't see Kaep himself getting caught up in further attempts to usurp his fame to enrich the Shield, but I no longer see any institutional impediments to him returning should his current skills warrant it.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-02 08:21 AM | Reply

Pretending NFL owners care about anything except their own wealth, etc. is just ridiculous. Billionaires in America do not care about starving children all over the nation, they don't care about 40 million Americans losing their jobs. The Fed props up the stock market with trillions so the rich don't lose their fortunes. I'm not a football fan but I don't mind that others are but the abuses of public money to build stadiums, etc. just pisses me off. I am sick of the priveleges of the super rich, we need to end Reaganomics, Trickle Down Voo Doo economics and bring back Keynsian economics. Till we do we will not fix our country.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2020-06-02 08:52 AM | Reply

I think the door for Kaep's return has been blown wide open

#6 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2020-06-02 08:21 AM | FLAG:

Yeah, definitely. That sound you hear is Jerry Jones setting the explosive charges.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-02 09:03 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Can Newton is a free agent.
Kaep will not want to sign to be an NFL backup.

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-06-02 09:56 AM | Reply

Any American that actually cares about "systemic racism" understands that Trickle Down economics is "systemic racism." It hurts all of us but it is especially harmful to minorities who are generally on the lower end of the pay scale. You want to address "systemic racism" then enact tax rates that cause the wealthy to hire, raise pay scales, build factories, create jobs like FDR did.
Let's start with some of the higher paying most technical types of jobs we have outsourced dangerously for the safety and health of America.
Like pharmaceuticals. It is absolutely unAmerican to all corporations to outsource the manufacture of drugs millions of Americans need to stay health or even alive.
We should pass laws that absolutely forbid the outsourcing of important pharmaceuticals. If a company wants to sell pharmaceuticals in the U.S. then manufacture those pharmaceuticals in the U.S.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2020-06-02 10:26 AM | Reply

You're high if you think Kaep plays again.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Yeah that would require you to ignore how racist most white NFL fans are.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-06-02 12:28 PM | Reply

Wait until you see how player behavior clauses evolve based on Kaep.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-02 02:40 PM | Reply

If Kaepernick doesn't play, who will Mike Pence walk out on?

Surprised Trump isn't secretly trying to get Kaepernick back in the league to feed outrage to the Deplorable base.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-02 02:50 PM | Reply

Wait until you see how player behavior clauses evolve based on Kaep.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Yup. Billionaires will force the working class to bend to their political will as always.

And make them keep soluting the flag and singing the anthem to brainwash little gullible kids into wanting to join the military and be underpaid to go die for our banks and oil companies.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-06-02 03:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Can someone fix this damn headline??? I feel like I'm being rickrolled.

#15 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-06-02 04:11 PM | Reply

join the military and be underpaid

#14 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2020-06-02 03:44 PM | FLAG:

They get compensated well.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-02 05:01 PM | Reply

They get compensated well.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg

No they don't. You put a low price on your life and your morality.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-06-02 05:16 PM | Reply

Jump down off that high horse, but slowly, you might break your legs. There's an entire review board that does nothing but make sure the military is better compensated than civilians for equivalent jobs and education levels.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-02 05:27 PM | Reply

There's an entire review board that does nothing but make sure the military is better compensated than civilians for equivalent jobs and education levels.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Oh so you're saying they're well paid for hopeless morons. Agreed.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-06-02 05:51 PM | Reply

Oh so you're saying they're well paid for hopeless morons. Agreed. #19 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Depending on skill set, location, and barracks capacity, you could be one year out of highschool and earn $48k/year, with over half of it untaxed.
Not bad for a 19 or 20 year old with a HS diploma.

#20 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-06-02 08:31 PM | Reply

@#1 ... Glad Kaepernick's story is coming back to light. ...

And that light is continuing to illuminate the NFL is a most disgusting manner.

This latest sputum coughed up by the NFL shows they still do not get it.


#21 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-02 09:38 PM | Reply

@#18 ... There's an entire review board that does nothing but make sure the military is better compensated than civilians for equivalent jobs and education levels. ...

The existence of "an entire review board" (whatever that means) is pretty meaningless.

If you want to substantiate your view, you need to cite and discuss the criteria used by the "entire review board" to arrive at their conclusions.

#22 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-02 09:42 PM | Reply

@#12 ... Wait until you see how player behavior clauses evolve based on Kaep. ...

If they haven't evolved by now (after, what, four years?), Mr Kaepernick's peaceful actions did little to change the NFL.

However, if they do start to evolve going forward, I'd say the riots caused the player behavior clauses to evolve.

With that thought in mind, I ask you to consider the following...

The NFL disregarded Mr Kaepernick's (and others') peaceful protest. Pres Trump even pilloried (understatement) Mr Kaepernick for his peaceful protest.

Now the NFL is trying (and failing egregiously) to look better in the current racial crisis, the NFL releases a lame statement.

So peaceful protest - the NFL ignores, and punishes the peaceful protesters (with the backing of Pres Trump for that punishment).

Riots in the streets, the NFL acknowledges the actions.

So, effectively, the NFL and Pres Trump are saying do not protest peacefully, if you want to protest you need to go directly to riots.

I am not convinced that was/is an appropriate message for the NFL and Pres Trump to convey.


#23 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-02 09:55 PM | Reply

Forgive the pedanticism boss, but it's "role."

#24 | Posted by madscientist at 2020-06-02 11:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The NFL has a team named the Washington Redskins.
And yet they release a statement on the current situation?

#25 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-06-02 11:10 PM | Reply

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