The National Football League has invited all 32 NFL teams to scout a private workout on Saturday by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who says he was blackballed for “taking the knee’” during the national anthem as a protest against police violence and racism. Critics say the move is a “PR stunt” aimed at absolving the NFL from its act of retaliation, and have questioned whether the move will result in a new contract for Kaepernick, who’s been out of the NFL since 2016. Meanwhile, Kaepernick drew solidarity Monday from Megan Rapinoe, the star of the World Cup-winning U.S. national soccer team. Rapinoe spoke as she accepted a “Woman of the Year” award from Glamour magazine.
Megan Rapinoe: “So, while I’m enjoying all of this unprecedented and, frankly, a little bit uncomfortable attention and personal success, in large part due to my activism off the field, Colin Kaepernick is still effectively banned, still banned from the NFL for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of known and systematic police brutality against people of color, known and systematic racial injustice, known and systematic white supremacy.”