A video featuring Colin Kaepernick has sparked controversy at an elementary school within the Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor, Washington.
The issue stems from a decision by Gig Harbor’s Discovery Elementary to post online materials for students relating to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The materials in question, aimed at second-graders, were reportedly made available on students’ virtual classroom accounts.
One of the videos in question featured former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
According to Jason Rantz of 770 KTTH, “students are introduced to Colin Kaepernick. They’re encouraged to ‘take a knee.’ They’re also told to organize a union and ‘strike.’ They’re introduced to the concept that ‘white silence = violence.’”
As of Thursday afternoon, it is unclear whether the online materials will stay up or not.
Kaepernick’s involvement in this matter is notable because it speaks to how prevalent his National Anthem protest still is despite him being long gone from the NFL.
Many athletes have taken up his mantle in recent years – essentially normalizing the idea of promoting social justice and politics in sports.
And yet Kaepernick still cannot find a single team to pick him up.
This is a problem. https://t.co/7yhgCdRPIP
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 16, 2020
A few weeks ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell came out and admitted that he gave teams the green light to sign the former San Francisco 49ers star. In fact, he wholeheartedly endorsed the move.
“That conversation has happened many times and I’ve encouraged them to do that,” he said recently.
“We had a tryout where 26 clubs came to watch him try out last year and so that was the kind of effort to sort of say, ‘Listen, if you want to continue your career, here’s the opportunity.’
“Those are decisions that each individual owner has to make, and their club, their coaches, their General Manager. And I’ve talked to a lot of our clubs about it. And so I’d encourage them, and I’d love to see him play again.”
Apparently now Roger Goodell is straight up telling teams to sign Kaep. https://t.co/NJBzNRDdZG
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 12, 2020
Despite the commissioner’s endorsement, however, nobody stepped up to the plate.
This reaffirmed a report from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk a few months back that indicated nobody truly wanted Kaepernick on their roster, and that any interest expressed in him over the last few months was purely symbolic.
“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there was some ‘fake’ interest expressed immediately after [George] Floyd’s death, seemingly out of guilt,” he wrote.
Kaepernick’s story is one of the more fascinating ones in NFL history. Although the record books will always mark down that his career was cut short due to his protesting, it is debatable how true that actually is.
Nobody cares about protesting at this stage – and he still isn’t getting any calls. That speaks to how teams feel about his on-the-field capabilities, not his off-the-field extra curriculars.
Despite not having any viable future in the NFL, clearly Kaepernick is still leaving his mark on other parts of society. This latest issue in Gig Harbor is the perfect illustration of that.