Here is the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, which tackles the fallout of Donald Trump‘s assertion that NFL protesters who kneel during the National Anthem should be fired, and are sons of b*tches.
Notice anyone missing?
That would be Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who took the team to the Super Bowl, and is currently unemployed because he’s been blackballed by the NFL.
There is no doubt Trump was referencing Kaep when he talked out of his ass in Alabama. But Kaepernick didn’t kneel to protest the flag (though he did say it represents oppression)—that’s mythology peddled by racist and bigots, and those who refuse to do the knowledge, as justification for being butthurt at the nerve of a Black man to demand he and his people be treated fairly.
Kaepernick kneeled to protest police brutality and racial injustice that he felt was not being addressed in the country (cops getting paid leave after killing people and members of the US military being treated unjustly, for example).
While LeBron James and Steph Curry represented lovely (whatever for Roger Goodell and the Jaguars owner), if ANYONE needs to be on a cover of SI that addresses Trump and reactions to his race-baiting, it’s Colin Kaepernick. While the corresponding article does mention Kaepernick, the visual component is lacking.
They are literally trying to silence the man and his message, and this Sports Illustrated cover is a blatant example. The mag haphazardly, and we hope unintentionally, did the same thing as every NFL team with a suspect QB who refuses to give Kaep a fair shot.
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