Cam Newton and Von Miller have joined a growing chorus of voices that say free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick should be signed by an NFL team. In separate interviews, the players joined Aaron Rodgers and other high-profile stars who have been stating the obvious.
Last week, Aaron Rodgers became the most prominent white player to address the issue in an interview with ESPN the Magazine. Today, Von Miller and Cam Newton are saying plainly that Kaepernick should be on a roster.
Miller spoke to Sports Illustrated about the issue, while Newton was asked at a press conference.
Miller and Newton are notably unequivocal in their beliefs that Kaepernick belongs on a team.
Newton said he “absolutely” believes Kaepernick should be on a roster, and even starting, this season. When he was asked if he believes Kaepernick’s unemployment is tied to his kicking off of the national anthem protests, he gave a pretty interesting response: “That’s a question that all the players in the National Football League are trying to answer.”
While the chatter around Kaep’s absence from a roster has been based on “football decisions” and “immaturity” among other ludicrous assumptions, most people with good sense realize that the former San Francisco 49ers gunslinger’s silent and nonviolent protest against police shootings occurring in communities of color is likely at the root.
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