Colin Kaepernick

NFL's Kaepernick Compares Modern Police to Fugitive Slave Patrols

Colin Kaepernick;  Photo: via sportingnews.com

Colin Kaepernick; Photo: via sportingnews.com

Controversial NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took to Twitter on Friday following the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the killing of Philando Castile and tweeted a picture that seemingly compared modern day law enforcement to fugitive slave patrols. 

The controversial tweet is the latest criticism of police offered by Kaepernick, who has made headlines over the past year for his contentious stance on law enforcement.

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Colin Kaepernick to End Anti-Police Protest as He Enters Free Agency

Colin Kaepernick (right);  Photo: Mike McCarn

Colin Kaepernick (right); Photo: Mike McCarn

Controversial NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is reportedly set to end his National Anthem protest next season.

Kaepernick gained widespread notoriety for his unwillingness to stand during the anthem, citing mistreatment of minorities at the hands of police as a reason for the protest statement. 

Sources told ESPN that Kaepernick feels that his protest has made positive changes to the broader social conversation and that his continued kneeling might take away from that.

Reports also suggest that Kaepernick is about to opt into the free agent market and legitimate questions remain as to whether or not his protest of the National Anthem might inhibit teams from signing him. 

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Buffalo Bill's Running Back to Invite 15-20 Police Officers to Attend Upcoming Game

LeSean McCoy;  Photo: via espy.com

LeSean McCoy; Photo: via espy.com

Buffalo Bill's running back LeSean McCoy plans to bring between 15-20 police officers to an upcoming Bill's game as a sign of appreciation for the work they do.

"Just an appreciation type of thing. Cause they’re taking so much heat right now. There’s things that are happening that’s definitely wrong but I just feel like there’s bad people, there’s bad cops and there’s good cops,” McCoy said.

Ironically, the gesture could happen to coincide with the Bill's upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers and the return of quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the playing field.

Kaepernick drew outrage earlier this season over his kneeling during the National Anthem.

The 49ers quarterback said his protest was directed toward police mistreatment of African Americans and other people of color.

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South Park Trolls Colin Kaepernick Over Anti-Police Statements

South Park, one of the most successful animated series in television history, took on Colin Kaepernick with a video mocking the San Francisco quarterback's recent statements critical of law enforcement.

In the promo video released today, the creators of South Park mock the penchant of some to criticize and denigrate police officers one day then call upon them for help the next.

Check out the video and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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NFL Star Who Joined Kaepernick in Anthem Protest Has History of Anti-Police Tweets

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane made the news recently after he joined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in not standing for the National Anthem.

While Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the American flag stems from an apparent protest against police brutality, Lane's recent foray into the controversy does not appear to be the first time that he has expressed an anti-police attitude in public.

Several news sites reported over the weekend that Lane had tweeted out an apparent anti-police tweet in December, 2011 that depicted a police officer "emoji" with a gun "emoji" pointed at it's head.

Not sure what, if anything, the NFL will do to address this issue but we are eager to hear.

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Kaepernick a No-Show to Address Controversial Anti-Police Comments at SF Church

Colin Kaepernick;  Photo: Harry How/Getty

Colin Kaepernick; Photo: Harry How/Getty

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was scheduled to address his controversial comments on race and law enforcement at the Third Baptist Church in San Francisco on Sunday morning; however, he failed to show up.

Reverend Amos Brown cited the "rigors of training" in explaining Kaepernick's failure to show.

The beleaguered quarterback has faced waves of criticism, and support as well, for his commentary on police and community relations and his refusal to stand for the National Anthem.

Kaepernick also drew the ire of many in the law enforcement community when it was discovered that he had worn socks depicting police officers as pigs while at practice.

It is unclear if he will reschedule an appearance at the church for a future date.

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Santa Clara Police Union Says Officers May Not Choose to Work 49ers Games Given Kaepernick Controversy

Kaepernick's pig socks;  Photo: Ben Margot/AP

Kaepernick's pig socks; Photo: Ben Margot/AP

The Santa Clara Police Officer's Association - the union representing police officers in the city - has apparently sent a letter to the San Francisco 49ers intimating that officers may choose to not work at 49ers football games unless the team "takes action" in light of quarterback Colin Kaepernick's recent controversial comments on law enforcement.

The 49ers play their home games in the city of Santa Clara, where Levi's Stadium is located. Most of the police staffing for home games comes in the form of off-duty officers working extra hours.

Officers throughout the nation have taken umbrage with Kaepernick's comments insinuating that officers were committing murder and receiving "paid leave."

The quarterback was also seen wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs while at a recent practice and has argued that police officers receive less training and education than hairstylists.

The letter indicates that if Kaepernick's anti-police commentary isn't addressed, it "could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities."

The 49ers have thus far stuck by their quarterback's right to free speech.

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Sheriff's Office Invites Kaepernick to Train With Police Recruits, Learn What it Really Takes To Be a Police Officer

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick;  Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick; Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty

San Francisco 49ers back-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick, embroiled in a national debate over his refusal to stand for the National Anthem and his criticism of law enforcement, received an invitation from the Alameda County (CA) Sheriff's Office to attend police training.

The gesture was made in light of Kaepernick's comments that police officers in America are under-trained. Kaepernick also made a reference to cosmetologists being more well-educated than cops.

"You can become a cop in six months, and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist, that’s insane," Kaepernick said.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office extended an invitation to Kaepernick to learn more about the actual training that most police officers undergo in order to wear a badge and serve the public.

"We have a specially designed Use of Force simulator that puts officers in situations where they must make split second decisions on what actions to take. In addition, we invite you to meet with our current academies and veteran officers to talk to them about their experiences and yours," the Sheriff's open letter read.

It is unclear if Kaepernick will take the Sheriff's Office up on their offer.

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FLASHBACK: Only Weeks Ago, NFL Rejected Dallas Cowboys' Attempt to Honor Police

Lest we forget, there are some in the NFL who have thought to honor the sacrifices of the law enforcement community in recent weeks...

Photo: Tom Fox via DallasNews.com

Photo: Tom Fox via DallasNews.com

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NFL Star Sits During National Anthem Over Apparent Protest of Police Brutality

Colin Kaepernick;  Photo: Ben Margot/AP

Colin Kaepernick; Photo: Ben Margot/AP

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the National Anthem of Friday evening's pre-season football game against the Green Bay Packers, drawing the ire of football fans throughout the nation.

Speaking after the game, Kaepernick alluded to racial discrimination and the unfair treatment of law enforcement against communities of color as his reason for not showing respect for the American flag.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder," said Kaepernick.

The San Francisco 49ers quickly released a statement of their own, stating, "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

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