Colin Kaepernick’s Netflix squad came under scrutiny this week when the former NFL quarterback who hasn’t played a shred of football compared the operation and training ground for the NFL draft to slavery.
“Colin in Black and White” explores the life of the former NFL star from high school to the events that are said to have led him to become a social justice advocate. A video circulating on social media showed Kaepernick comparing the scrutiny players receive from coaches with slave owners.
“What they don’t want you to understand is that what is created is a power dynamic,” Kaepernick says as he walks into the NFL practice field. “Before putting you on the field, teams push, nudge and check you for any flaws that might affect your performance.”
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“No respect for boundaries,” continued Kaepernick, who earned more than $40 million during his time in the NFL. “No dignity remains the same.”
Complimentary quarterback Colin Kaepernick arrives for a training session for NFL scouts and media on Saturday, November 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga. (Associated Press)
A group of actors play NFL prospects, all black, then pass through Kaepernick before being turned into slaves in a shackled auction while white slave owners bid on them.
At one point, owners begin to whip players as Kaepernick attempts to draw a comparison between the abuse suffered by slaves in the United States and the NFL’s joint process that determines which players are recruited into the league.
Kaepernick and her series came under fire on Twitter after the clip made its way onto social media.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the field before the NFL’s pre-season football game against the Denver Broncos in San Francisco, California, USA on August 8, 2013. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo)
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Kaepernick attracted national attention in 2016 for sitting and kneeling while the national anthem was played as a member of the 49ers due to what he said was a protest against police brutality in the United States. The following year, he opted to withdraw from his contract to become a free agent and failed to build another NFL roster.
Colin Kaepernick was seen at a special training event set up by Mr. Kaepernick to provide greater access to Charles’ scouts, the media and the public. R. Drew High School in Riverdale, Georgia, USA, November 16, 2019 (REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage)
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The former quarterback insisted he could not join the league due to his blacklisting by NFL owners who opposed protests over his anthem. He sued the NFL and eventually received an undisclosed settlement.
Since his days in the NFL, Kaepernick has had the backing of major companies like Nike, a deal with Netflix and other deals that brought him tens of millions of dollars.