Activist and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick compared playing in the NFL to slavery in a dramatic scene from his new Netflix special.
“Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod and examine you searching for any defect that might affect your performance,” Kaepernick says in “Colin in Black & White” during a reenactment of the league’s draft process and training camp, which morphs into a slave auction. “No boundary respect. No dignity left intact.”
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After the series debuted Friday, footage of the scene was widely shared online and criticized by conservative commenators.
Despite his view of NFL tryouts as racist, Kaepernick told Ebony in a September interview, “I am still up at 5 a.m. training five, six days a week making sure I’m prepared to take a team to a Super Bowl again. That’s not something I will ever let go of.”
- Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season, when he knelt from the San Francisco 49ers bench during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in America, launching a movement.
- Kaepernick accused the NFL of blackballing him for his activism, and won a confidential settlement from the league over the grievance in 2019.
- Later that year, he blew off a high-profile workout the NFL tried to set up for him.