NYPD Officers Hold Rally in Support of Colin Kaepernick
Throughout the 2016 NFL season, quarterback Colin Kaepernick protested the national anthem as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. According to Kaepernick, his reasons for protesting included the injustices in the United States against black people, specifically, police brutality.
Now, current and former members of the New York City Police Department are standing in support with Kaepernick. On Saturday in Brooklyn, approximately 75 “mostly minority” officers attended a rally for the quarterback, sporting t-shirts that read, “#IMWITHKAP,” ESPN reports.
While the attendance was made up of a majority of minorities, one white former officer in attendance was Frank Serpico. The subject of the 1973 film Serpico admitted he wasn’t a football fan but said he supported Kaepernick. “He’s trying to hold up his government, up to our founding fathers,” he said.
At the age of 29, Kaepernick is still in search of a job after opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March. He has been tied to backup gigs with the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens but has yet to sign with a team,leading many to believe the quarterback is being blackballed by the league.
But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell denies the claim, telling WNST, “He can’t be because we’re not. The clubs are making those individual evaluations.”
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