Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was slammed over the weekend in response to video clips he circulated on social media suggesting NFL athletes were treated the same as slaves.
Kaepernick compares the NFL’s draft process to a slave auction in his new Netflix special — with black “athletes” in shackles and their white “owners” whipping them.
Colin’s analogy is promoted in his drama series “Colin in Black & White” a biased explanation of the league’s draft process and training camp.
The NFL combine is held every year to evaluate draft prospects. Courtesy of Netflix
“What they don’t want you to understand is what’s being established is a power dynamic,” says Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
“Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod, and examine you searching for any defect that might affect your performance. No boundary respect. No dignity left intact.”
The Netflix special then cuts to a line of black actors playing NFL prospects who morph into slaves at an auction with shackles on them. In the scene, white slave owners bid on the men and whip them.
“Look at this here! Come on! Who wants this?” the auctioneer shouts.
The Netflix special features actors playing NFL prospects who morph into slaves at an auction.Ser Baffo/Netflix
Several blue check Twitter influencers challenged the slavery comparison.
Utah GOP Rep. Burgess Owens, a former NFL player, called Colin out
— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) October 30, 2021
Radio host Clay Travis added, “Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL combine, which allows all players of all races a voluntary chance to become multi-millionaires, to slavery.
Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL combine, which allows all players of all races a voluntary chance to become multi-millionaires, to slavery. Anyone still defending this imbecile lacks a functional brain. pic.twitter.com/rMaKi7c6xh
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 30, 2021
“Anyone still defending this imbecile lacks a functional brain.”
I am actually not surprised Colin Kaepernick is playing the radical race card argument to make even more money.
Nike bought his angry pitch, signing him to a multi-year contract as the new face of their brand. The deal increased Kaepernick’s estimated personal wealth of over 20 million dollars.
It is sad to see racism still sells in corporate America.