Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL to SLAVERY in a new Netflix documentary

Colin Kaepernick has compared the NFL Draft and training camp to slavery in his new Netflix special, with a scene showing players being paraded in front of coaches and scouts before being seen in chains on an auction block.

The Netflix special, Colin in Black & White, goes into the former NFL star’s childhood from high school to the events that led him to become an advocate for social justice.

Kaepernick – who earned an average annual salary of $ 19 million – became a controversial figure in the NFL in 2016 when he began kneeling during the play of the American national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice while playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

A clip from the new special, released on October 29, tells Kaepernick that what coaches and scouts do not want players to understand is that the NFL Draft and training camp are establishing a ‘power dynamic’.

“Before they put you on the field, stick, plug and examine the teams looking for any defect that could affect your performance,” Kaepernick says of NFL owners and coaches as they walk through a staged NFL training ground.

“No borderline respect,” Kaepernick continued. ‘No dignity is intact.’

Then a series of NFL prospects, all black and played by paid actors, pass by Kaepernick before becoming slaves for sale at an auction with chains on, while white slave owners investigate and bid on them.

The average NFL player earns a median salary of about $ 900,000 a year. Currently, 34 players in the NFL are paid more than $ 20 million annually.

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Colin Kaepernick has compared the NFL Draft and training camp to slavery in his new Netflix special, with a scene showing players being paraded in front of coaches and scouts before being seen in chains on an auction block. A clip from the new special, released on October 29, tells Kaepernick that what coaches and scouts do not want players to understand is that the NFL Draft and training camp are establishing a ‘power dynamic’

Kaepernick, who earned a $ 19 million annual salary with the 49ers, tells of a scene in which a series of NFL prospects, all black and played by paid actors, turn into slaves for sale at an auction with chains on, while white slave owners examines and bids on them

Kaepernick, who earned a $ 19 million annual salary with the 49ers, tells of a scene in which a series of NFL prospects, all black and played by paid actors, turn into slaves for sale at an auction with chains on, while white slave owners examines and bids on them

Later in the video, the owners begin to whip the players with whips as Kaepernick tries to compare the abusive slaves who were subjected to the hands of their owners in the United States and the NFL Scouting Combine, a week-long showcase that determines what the upcoming prospects are in the league

Later in the video, the owners begin to whip the players with whips as Kaepernick tries to compare the abusive slaves who were subjected to the hands of their owners in the United States and the NFL Scouting Combine, a week-long showcase that determines what the upcoming prospects are in the league

Later in the video, the owners begin to whip the players with whips as Kaepernick tries to compare the abusive slaves who were subjected to the hands of their owners in the United States and the NFL Scouting Combine, a week-long showcase that determines what the upcoming prospects are in the league .

Kaepernick has not played a professional NFL game since the end of the 2017 season, when he opted out of the final year of his 49ers contract to become a free agent.

His hopes of becoming a free agent were shattered when he failed to be picked up by any other team. In 2017, he filed a lawsuit against the NFL, accusing all 32 team owners of collaborating to blackball him from the league in retaliation for the controversial protests. Although he was selected for rehearsals in Atlanta in 2019, the parties disagreed on several aspects of the training, leading to a late change of location and lower presence of scouts.

When the clip from the Netflix special went viral, Kaepernick was blown up on social media.

Colin Kaepernick at Netflix's premiere on Colin In Black And White on October 28

Colin Kaepernick at Netflix’s premiere on Colin In Black And White on October 28

One user tagged Kaepernick’s account and wrote: ‘God @ Kaepernick7 you are the absolute lowest of the low. this race-splitting bs is exactly what people are starting to wake up to now, for what the biggest part is: made by people like you. I’m so grateful your pathetic ass never came back to @NFL. ‘

Another user went so far as to call Kaepernick an imbecile in his post:

“Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL combination, which gives all players of all races a voluntary chance to become multimillionaires, to slavery,” wrote Outkick.com writer Clay Travis. ‘Anyone who still defends this imbecile lacks a functional brain.’

National Review Reporter Dan McLaughlin could not see the comparison Kaepernick was trying to make, writing: ‘First, this is an astonishing historical ignorance that downplays the slave experience.’

‘Two, he complains about a process that is inherent to all team sports. He is not just anti-NFL, but anti-football. Three, in Kaepernick’s NFL there are no non-black players. ‘

Super Bowl Champion and current US Representative Burgess Owens, who is also black, shared his opinion on Twitter:

‘How dare @Kaepernick compare the evil that so many of our ancestors have endured with a bunch of millionaires CHOOSING to play games.’

Kaepernick’s name appeared nationally in 2016 to sit and kneel during the national anthem as a member of the San Francisco 49ers because of what he said at the time was a protest gesture against police brutality in the United States.

The following year, he decided to opt out of his contract to become a free agent. But no other team in the NFL has signed him and he has not played in the league since 2016.

San Francisco 49ers back-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick (C), San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold (L) and San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (R) take a knee during the U.S. national anthem before the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the 49ers in October 2016, the last year Kaepernick played in the NFL

San Francisco 49ers back-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick (C), San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold (L) and San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (R) take a knee during the U.S. national anthem before the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the 49ers in October 2016, the last year Kaepernick played in the NFL

The former quarterback has insisted that his failure to rejoin the league was due to being blacklisted by NFL owners who opposed his anthem protests. He sued the NFL and eventually received an unpublished settlement.

Since his NFL days, Kaepernick has received endorsements from major corporations, including Nike, a Netflix deal, EA Sports and other deals that have reportedly lured him into tens of thousands of millions of dollars.

In six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick appeared in 69 games and completed 59.8 percent of his passes in 12,271 yards with 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He added 13 rushing touchdowns.

COLIN KAEPERNICK CAREER TIMELINE

  • 2011 – The San Francisco 49ers take him with the 36th overall pick in the NFL Draft
  • 2011 – Makes debut for 49ers and plays three games
  • 2012 – Will be starting quarterback midway through the season. Later, an NFL postseason set a quarterback record by rushing 163 yards in a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. Also leads the 49ers to the Super Bowl, where they lose to the Baltimore Ravens
  • 2013 – Guides the 49ers to another strong season when they reach the NFC Championship before losing to the Seattle Seahawks
  • 2014 – Plays 16 games
  • 2015 – Plays nine games
  • 2016 – Begins to kneel while playing the pre-match US national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice, the first and most prominent of dozens of NFL players doing so during the season
  • 2016 – Plays 12 games for 49ers
  • 2017 – Deselects last year of the contract in anticipation of his release and becomes a free agent. He will not be picked up by any other team
  • 2017 – Files a complaint against the NFL and accuses all 32 team owners of collaborating to blackball him from the league in retaliation for the controversial protests
  • 2018 – The NFL adopts a new rule banning players from protesting before eventually withdrawing it, due to its split
  • 2018 – Stars in controversial Nike advertising released at the start of the NFL season
  • 2019 – The NFL is planning a test drive for Kaepernick in Atlanta, but the parties disagreed on several aspects of the training, leading to a late change of location and lower presence of scouts.

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