Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins reiterated his support for Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday while simultaneously taking a pretty clear swipe at one NFL starting quarterback.
With the Eagles preparing to take on the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars, Jenkins said that he thinks Kaepernick deserves to have a quarterback job in the NFL, and that the play of the Jaguars is proof of that.
In discussing the difference between the fight against systemic oppression and the NFL’s blackballing of Colin Kaepernick, Malcolm Jenkins says, “I can turn on the tape this week of our opponent and see that Colin Kaepernick deserves a job.”
— Bo Wulf (@Bo_Wulf) October 24, 2018
That’s a pretty obvious swipe at Bortles, who was temporarily benched last week and has been criticized by many for his mediocre play this season. Of course, Jenkins’s opinion is one shared by a lot of people. There have been plenty of rumors about the Jaguars acquiring a new quarterback, though Kaepernick hasn’t popped up in those rumors.
Jenkins, meanwhile, has faced criticism from one prominent Kaepernick supporter for perceived selling out of the causes the former 49ers quarterback supporter. Jenkins certainly went there on Wednesday.
Colin Kaepernick received the W.E.B. Du Bois medal at Harvard University on Thursday for his contributions to African and African-American history and culture.
The former NFL player was one of eight people recognized at the ceremony, including comedian Dave Chappelle. Kaepernick requested that the media not record or broadcast his speech, but he did allow it to be written down on record.
According to WDHTV’s Eric Kane, here is the entirety of Kaepernick’s speech:
Kaepernick requested that the media not record or broadcast his speech, however he did allow his remarks to be on the record. So here is what he said: pic.twitter.com/KewUJJp0iB
— Eric Kane (@EricKaneTV) October 11, 2018
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season, during which he began kneeling for the national anthem in protest of social injustice and discrimination towards African-Americans. Kaepernick has gained recognition as a social activist since then and became the face of a recent Nike ad campaign.
Kaepernick has sued the NFL for allegedly colluded against him. His case is set to go to trial.
Veteran safety Eric Reid signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers earlier this week, and many wondered if that means Colin Kaepernick has a chance to find work before the end of the season. That still seems highly unlikely.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Kaepernick is still receiving no interest from NFL teams. While there were reportedly multiple teams interested in signing Reid before he agreed to a deal with the Panthers, the same cannot be said for Kaepernick.
La Canfora added that Kaepernick’s agents continue to reach out to teams as injuries pile up, but those calls, emails and text messages have largely been ignored.
Like Kaepernick, Reid is suing the NFL for collusion. The two were teammates together with the San Francisco 49ers and are considered leaders in the national anthem protest movement. Kaepernick’s case against the league is going to trial, and proceedings are expected to begin in December. Although Reid is now playing in the NFL again, his collusion case will not be impacted.
Kaepernick, 30, has not played since 2016. His lawyer recently hinted that two NFL teams have shown interest, but there have been no indications that he was telling the truth.
It has been well over a year since Colin Kaepernick played in the NFL, and there have been no reports about teams considering signing the free agent quarterback. According to his agent, however, Kaepernick remains on the radar for some franchises.
Mark Geragos, the attorney representing Kaepernick in his collusion case against the NFL, told TMZ that there may be some “big news” regarding a contract for the 30-year-old in the near future. So which teams are interested? Geragos only dropped a few hints.
Geragos said Kaepernick has been following the Dolphins since Kenny Stills and other players are carrying out his national anthem protests. When asked if Kaepernick might sign with Miami, Geragos said there are two other teams that are interested.
“I wouldn’t say join the Dolphins. I’ve got two other teams that will remain nameless,” he said. “I’ll just say this — if Al Davis was still alive.”
You could interpret that as a hint that Jon Gruden and the Raiders may be interested. Geragos was then asked for his thoughts on rapper Meek Mill, who recently wrote a song about Kaepernick. Interestingly enough, he took that opportunity to point out how Patriots owner Robert Kraft has supported Mill.
“You know who Meek Mill was visited by when he was in custody?” Geragos asked.
A member of the TMZ crew then said it was Kraft, to which Geragos said “bingo.”
It seems highly unlikely that the Patriots would sign Kaepernick, as they typically only carry two quarterbacks on their active roster and seem perfectly content with Brian Hoyer as Tom Brady’s backup. As for the Raiders, you could maybe read something into the fact that Gruden seems frustrated with his QB situation.
Kaepernick has a lot going on in his life without an NFL contract, but he still wants to play. Unfortunately, there’s no reason to think his situation is going to suddenly change.
Colin Kaepernick has said very little publicly since he started the trend of kneeling during the national anthem two years ago, but the free agent quarterback appreciates his fellow players remaining committed to the cause.
On Sunday, Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the anthem, which they also did last season. Kaepernick took note and applauded their “courage.”
My Brothers @kstills and @ithinkisee12 continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed! They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated. Their courage will move the world forward!
“Love is at the root of our resistance!” pic.twitter.com/2kSsX4s7EU
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 9, 2018
Stills has been very vocal in supporting Kaepernick, and he recently applauded Nike for launching an ad campaign centered around the former San Francisco 49ers star. The campaign commemorates the 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” slogan, and it includes a powerful TV commercial.
Tom Brady may have subtly shared his opinion on Nike’s new ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick earlier this week, but the star quarterback has no interest in discussing his thoughts with the media.
When Nike released it’s new “Just Do It” campaign on Monday, Brady was among those who “liked” the ad on Instagram. That gave reporters even more of a reason to ask him about the campaign, but Brady didn’t take the bait.
Brady is asked about the Nike ad with Kaepernick.
"I really want to focus on football. Not my reaction to a lot of hot topics and so forth. Get ready for the Texans, they're a great team."
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 7, 2018
When asked about Colin Kaepernick, Brady reiterated he’d really like to focus on football. Knows people want his reaction to hot topics, but he says doesn’t want to get into it.
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) September 7, 2018
Brady has never shown a willingness to share his personal views during press conferences, so it’s no surprise he tried to keep the focus on the Patriots’ upcoming game against the Houston Texans. For what it’s worth, Brady has shown support for Kaepernick in the past.
As the backlash from Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick continues, one company in Colorado is so disgusted it is offering customers a rare opportunity to purchase discount apparel.
As KRDO NewsChannel 13 noted discovered, a sporting goods store called Prime Time Sports in Colorado Springs has hung a sign in its front window announcing that all Nike products are now 50 percent off. The sign reads “Still choosing to stand.”
YOUR THOUGHTS: Prime Time Sports in Chapel Hills Mall is selling all of its Nike products at half price in protest against the company's decision to use Colin Kaepernick in a new ad campaign.
What do you think of the move? https://t.co/627X8KzBwg
— KRDO NewsChannel 13 (@KRDONC13) September 5, 2018
Stephen Martin, who has owned Prime Time Sports for 21 years, says he understands how much profit he could lose because of the large inventory of Nike NFL jerseys the store sells. That didn’t stop him from sending a letter to Nike expressing frustration over the Kaepernick campaign and calling the sports apparel juggernaut the “mother of all harlots.”
“According to me, (Kaepernick) has sacrificed a salary,” a note in the window of Prime Time Sports reads. “Nothing compared to what every soul on our ‘Honor the Flag’ memorial wall that was built a few years ago has suffered and died for.”
The note, which was written by Martin, is surrounded by photos of fallen service members. Martin started the sale Tuesday and said he intends to permanently rid the store of all Nike products.
Nike knew having Kaepernick as the face of a campaign would draw strong reactions, though some numbers indicate the decision was a good one. Martin’s opinion is shared by many, but it doesn’t appear to be discouraging Nike at all.