Colin Kaepernick rally at National Football League headquarters planned by civil rights groups

  • Colin Kaepernick rally at National Football League headquarters planned by civil rights groups

Colin Kaepernick rally at National Football League headquarters planned by civil rights groups

Famed filmmaker Spike Lee on Tuesday promoted a rally later this month to support Colin Kaepernick, the controversial free agent quarterback whose supporters say has been blackballed by the National Football League due to his social activism.

And with two teams having passed on Kaepernick in recent days, a collection of civil rights groups, including The People's Consortium and Justice League NYC, are planning a rally on August 23, 2017, outside of NFL headquarters in New York City in support of the quarterback.

Behind Eric Reid is the wrong spelling of Kaepernick's last name, which is softened Reid blocking the lack of an 'e'.

Despite leading his former team the San Francisco 49ers to a 1-10 record, Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards scoring 16 touchdowns to only four interceptions and rushing for 468 yards and two more scores.

With NFL preseason games beginning this week, it seems as though Colin Kaepernick will remain unsigned.

While it remains a possibility that Kaepernick is signed before the season starts, that looks increasingly unlikely. Kevin Livingston, the group's president, said he wanted to help Kaepernick after the former 49ers quarterback donated 50 suits to help parolees on job interviews.

Lee tweeted that while he didn't "set up the protest", he does support Kaepernick. "The thing that maybe is a misconception is he's a really, really nice man and he has his thoughts, he has his plan and it's one of those things where it's right time, right fit and I'm sure he's going to find it".

Teams are clearly concerned over fan and business reactions to signing Kaepernick because of his national-anthem protest (a protest he reportedly won't continue in 2017). "I definitely think that the league, the owners are trying to send a message of, 'Stay in between the lines'". He's but one quarterback and one person, but his efforts to call attention to police brutality in America have officially gained the attention of the biggest names, even outside of the sports world. I think he plays in the league. That's why I'm doing this. We had a great visit with him. The Ravens haven't given an updated timetable for Flacco, but John Harbaugh recently said Flacco is getting better "every day". But obviously there are other issues that go along with him.