9 months ago
Colin Kaepernick may not have a job in the National Football League, but he may lead the league in supporters.
An estimated 50 fans demonstrated outside NFL headquarters in New York Wednesday night to protest what they see as a de facto blacklisting of the former 49ers quarterback, Sports Illustrated reported.
Given his statistical success on the gridiron, many supporters believe the 29-year-old passer is being punished for taking vocal stances on race in America, particularly in regards to the Black Lives Matter movement. He alienated many fans and sponsors last fall by taking a knee during the national anthem as a sign of protest.
Among the crowd, according to the magazine, were former NBA center Etan Thomas, who spoke out against the Iraq War during his playing days, and the daughter of Eric Garner, who died in 2014, after being put in a chokehold by an NYPD police officer.
Similar demonstrations have taken place in other cities such as Chicago and Milwaukee, according to SI.
Kaepernick has recently received some interest from the Seattle Seahawks, who are in the market for a backup quarterback to starter Russell Wilson.