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Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick is a NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who made headlines when he began sitting or taking a knee as the National Anthem played in the stadium during the 2016 football preseason. The mixed race athlete was using his notoriety to give voice to the voiceless. He was making a political statement about racism, oppression, and police brutality in America by opting out of the “Star-Spangled Banner” prior to games. Other athletes followed suit in solidarity, but Kaepernick faced threats and backlash from critics. Kaepernick was born on November 3, 1987 to white biological mother Heidi Russo in Milwaukee, WI. He was adopted and raised by Teresa and Rick Kaepernick, a white couple, in Turlock, CA. He attended the University of Nevada and is the founder of the Colin Kaepernick Foundation to fight oppression. Colin also hosts the Know Your Rights Camp for youth to get educated on how to interact with law enforcement. Kaepernick was featured on the cover of the October 3, 2016 issue of “Time” magazine.

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Eric Reid's 'Monday Night Football' Cleats Feature Kneeling Colin Kaepernick

NFL's Eric Reid
Custom 'MNF' Cleats ... Feature Kneeling Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick will return to an NFL field tonight ... because his friend and brother in protest, Eric Reid, is honoring Kaep by wearing cleats with the embattled QB's picture on… READ MORE >

YG Explains Why He Supports Both Colin Kaepernick and the NFL

YG
I Support Kaep & the NFL ... Here's Why

Rap superstar YG says he's not choosing sides between Colin Kaepernick and the NFL ... saying he supports BOTH, and is explaining his stance. YG sat down with Raquel Harper on "Raq Rants" and… READ MORE >

- 8 days ago
Ted Cruz Craps All Over The NFL Over Kneeling Protest Handling

Ted Cruz
Craps All Over The NFL ... Over Kneeling Protest Handling

Someone get Ted Cruz some Charmin ... 'cause the senator from Texas just took a big ol' dumparoo on the NFL over the way the league handled the national anthem demonstrations.  Ted had… READ MORE >

- 9 days ago
Nike's Phil Knight on Kaepernick, 'I Don't Know If He's Being Blackballed'

Nike's Phil Knight
on Kaepernick 'I Don't Know If He's Being Blackballed'

Nike has put their money behind Colin Kaepernick -- and now the man who founded the company tells TMZ Sports, he believes the QB should still be playing in the NFL.  We saw shoe… READ MORE >

- 10 days ago
Jay Gruden Says Redskins Considering Signing Colin Kaepernick, But Likely Won't

Jay Gruden
'Skins Considering Signing Kaepernick ... But Likely Won't

Good news, Colin Kaepernick fans: Jay Gruden says the Redskins are seriously considering signing the QB!!! Bad news, Colin Kaepernick fans: Jay Gruden says they likely won't. Just a day after… READ MORE >

- 15 days ago
Ex-NFL Exec Joe Banner Says Redskins Blackballed Kaepernick, Foster Signing Proves It

Ex-NFL Exec Joe Banner
'Skins Blackballed Kaepernick ... Foster Signing Proves It

The Redskins blackballed Colin Kaepernick for political reasons -- and the Reuben Foster signing proves that -- so says ex-NFL exec Joe Banner. Washington reportedly passed on Kap because of the… READ MORE >

- 19 days ago
DeSean Jackson To Wear Rodney King Cleat Tribute During NFL Game

DeSean Jackson
Rodney King Cleat Tribute ... For Bucs-49ers Game

DeSean Jackson will wear Rodney King-themed cleats for the Bucs game Sunday ... featuring the words "Black Lives Matter" and a depiction of a police officer raising a baton. For the next few… READ MORE >

- 28 days ago
Colin Kaepernick Touches Down in L.A., NFL Ready?

Colin Kaepernick
Touches Down in Los Angeles ... NFL Ready?

Colin Kaepernick and his girlfriend, Nessa, arrived to Los Angeles late Tuesday night -- which begs the question ... are ya here for business or turkey?  Kap didn't have much to say --… READ MORE >

- 29 days ago
Colin Kaepernick's GF Blasts NFL, 'They're Still Blackballing Him'

Colin Kaepernick
GF Blasts NFL 'They're Still Blackballing Him'

Colin Kaepernick's girlfriend is lashing out at the NFL -- claiming the only reason CK doesn't have a job is because the shot callers in the league are still blackballing him.  Nessa -- a… READ MORE >

- 30 days ago
Antonio Cromartie Says NFL Is Blackballing Colin Kaepernick, Redskins Prove That!

Antonio Cromartie
NFL Is Blackballing Kaepernick ... Redskins Prove That!

The NFL is STILL blackballing Colin Kaepernick from the league ... and the Washington Redskins' QB tryout list Monday is legit proof of that -- so says Antonio Cromartie. The Redskins lost Alex… READ MORE >

- 30 days ago
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