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NYPD Officers Hold Rally in Support of Colin Kaepernick

25 August 2017

Many argue he's no longer good enough to play in the National Football League despite helping the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII during his first season as the starter in 2012.

A group of Black community leaders and pastors have announced an NFL "BlackOut" unless and until Colin Kaepernick is signed to play with an NFL team.

CBS Sports analyst Boomer Esiason, a former NFL MVP, said teams "would have a very, very tough time signing somebody who protested the American flag and the national anthem". "When I was growing up, many many years ago, my mother always told me if you get stopped just throw your hands down and that's the end of it".

Activists held up signs with messages such as "NFL blackout" and "Kaepernick we kneel with you", as several speakers vowed to boycott the league until the quarterback was signed. The NFL has, in the past, come under fire for being too lenient in punishing the bad behavior and law-breaking of its players, including numerous incidents of domestic violence, illegal dog fighting, and assault charges.

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The organizers also targeted Verizon, one of the NFL's largest sponsors.

"What Colin Kaepernick did is try to bring awareness that this nation, unfortunately, has ignored for far too long", said NYPD Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who helped organize the Brooklyn event.

Previous year the NFL's television viewership dropped 8 percent and there is not a clear answer as to why it happened.

"I said, 'Don't wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick, '" Edwards related.

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"Here is a man, a young player, who nearly carried a team to a championship, to a Super Bowl". "So, I just wish somebody would open up and give him a chance to do his thing and say, hey, kneeling down, or whatever he did, let's forget about it".

He told the New York Daily News that he is not a football fan, but felt he needed to support Kaepernick.

The NFL BlackOut group encourages people of all colors, races and creeds to join them in their list of actions.

Then Green launched into a passionate speech, getting louder and louder as he went, as if he wanted National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell to hear him all the way on the eighth floor. Bennett and Britt embraced after the anthem. In May, a crowd of about 70 demonstrators showed up for a "show of solidarity" that was spearheaded by 100 Suits for 100 Men, a non-profit that gives parolees free business attire and haircuts to assist them in job interviews. "This a moment he feels he needs to take the step out and lead".

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NYPD Officers Hold Rally in Support of Colin Kaepernick