Activists who support Colin Kaepernick, former 49ers quarterback, are making their voices clear. They are threatening to boycott the league if he is not signed to a roster this season. Kaepernick was in the headlines last year when he refused to stand for the national anthem, instead, he knelt.
There is a Change.org petition going around titled #NoKaepernickNoNFL which currently has 75,965 signatures as of Monday afternoon.
In the petition, they threaten to not watch any games, avoid making comments social media about their favorite teams and to not purchase merchandise that represents their favorite team.
The petition reads, “We understand NFL is very important to you. We also understand the purpose of Colin Kaepernick’s protest is FAR more important than any games you will ever watch. Simply put, if things stay the same for the way America — where “all men are created equal” — treats people of color, then your loved ones, friends, and children will eventually be affected as well.”
It continues, “Finally, this shows how much the NFL really cares about its Black athletes. It’s pretty much: Play for us, entertain us, make us money, and shut up.”