Despite multiple players and coaches saying Colin Kaepernick is good enough to be an NFL starter, the former 49ers quarterback remains unsigned in the wake of his national anthem protests during the 2016 season.
While many players are given second chances following arrests, Kaepernick remains unsigned as a controversial figure who exercised his constitutionally protected rights as a U.S. citizen. Eagles cornerback Malcolm Jenkins had some pretty strong words Thursday for teams unwilling to sign Kaepernick.
At first, Whitlock thought Kaepernick’s noisy celebrity supporters hurt him more than helped him. But now he thinks public pressure may force the NFL to cave in and stop blackballing the ex-49ers quarterback who turned the league upside down with his protest of the American flag/national anthem last season.
“This is a shakedown. This is an Al Sharpton racial shakedown of the NFL. They are trying through public pressure, through rallies, through everything, to give this guy a roster spot and give him the contract he wants. That’s what all this is about. It’s a shakedown. Colin Kaepernick is the Tawana Brawley of the NFL,” said Whitlock on Tuesday SFY.
“That’s what he is. That was a fictionalized story, a fictionalized narrative that Al Sharpton used, that ended up blowing up in his face. Bill Cosby gave $25,000 to find the guys that did Make Cheap Jerseys it. Don King promised $100,000. Spike Lee put Tawana Brawley in ‘Do The Right Thing’ as Tawana told the truth. All the same things are here in play. Celebrities caping up. This false narrative that Colin Kaepernick Knock Off Cheap Jerseys is being mistreated. It’s a shakedown. I look at people that are starting to fold. There’s conversations in my mind that are already going on among NFL ownership and (Commissioner Roger) Goodell. Somebody will give him a job — and this will go away.”