19 thoughts on “Kaepernick 7 — 0 Trump

  1. Copper says:

    State police director’s FB post: NFL players who take knee during anthem are ‘degenerates’ (Detroit Free Press) http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/09/26/nfl-anthem-protest-michigan-state-police/705511001/
    “Let’s set something straight: These protests are not about the flag or about veterans or the military, they are about speaking out against police brutality and injustice in communities of color across America. That is something that law enforcement should take to heart, not use to try to divide us further.” Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan.

  2. Scrimmage says:

    “Former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter has been informed that Colin Kaepernick’s legal team seeks to depose him as part of the quarterback’s collusion case against the NFL, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.” https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/colin-kaepernicks-legal-team-could-depose-former-papa-johns-ceo-in-collusion-case/ “Schnatter earned criticism within his company and outside of it for remarks he made on an earning’s call during the season, blaming the NFL’s declining ratings and citing players kneeling during the national anthem for his declining sales. ‎Specifically, Kaepernick’s legal team aims to interview Schnatter about any role Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may have played in those comments; Jones repeatedly spoke out publicly against “protesting” players and owns over 100 hundred Papa John’s stores and is known to have a close relationship with Schnatter.
    Schnatter was quickly out as CEO in the aftermath of his comments. Kaepernick’s legal team, which is already in the process of reviewing close to 100,000 documents in the evidence-gathering stage of the case, filed a grievance in midseason against the NFL. They believe one or more agents may have acted with owners and/or the league office to collude against Kaepernick, who never received a workout after being released by the 49ers last year.
    His team will probe at possible ties between Donald Trump and NFL owners as well through the upcoming deposition process; Trump is close with several owners and called kneeling players “son’s of b——” and imploring owners to “fire” them. Jones, in public remarks, revealed that he discussed the NFL’s game-day rules regarding the national anthem, and he is one of several central figures in the grievance. Kaepernick’s lawyers will interview several other owners and league officials as well.”
    See also: “Sources: Colin Kaepernick’s deposition request list in NFL grievance case includes Roger Goodell’s wife” https://sports.yahoo.com/sources-colin-kaepernicks-deposition-list-nfl-grievance-case-includes-roger-goodells-wife-202417771.html

  3. Footnote says:

    “Tony McGee got kicked out of Wyoming with the Black 14 but still made it to the Super Bowl : Just contemplating a protest in 1969 ended the football careers of many of his teammates” http://theundefeated.com/features/black-14-tony-mcgee-protest-kicked-out-of-wyoming-still-made-it-to-super-bowl/ Nearly 50 years ago, a group of Wyoming football players decided to take a stand against what they perceived to be racial discrimination by an opponent and it cost them.

  4. Late Hit says:

    Inside the Confidential N.F.L. Meeting to Discuss National Anthem Protests (NYT 4/25/18) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/sports/nfl-owners-kaepernick.html “The New York Times has obtained an audio recording of the roughly three-hour meeting, and several people in the room corroborated details of the gathering. The unvarnished conversation reveals how the leaders of the most dominant sports league in the country and several of its most outspoken players confronted an unprecedented moment — mostly by talking past one another.
    The players sounded aggrieved. After discussing a proposal to finance nonprofit groups to address player concerns, they wanted to talk about why Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who started the anthem protests to highlight social injustice and police brutality against African-Americans, was, they believed, being blackballed by the owners. The owners sounded panicked about their business under attack, and wanted to focus on damage control.”
    ‘Divisive’ and ‘Disastrous’: Here are the most biting comments N.F.L. owners made about Trump. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/sports/trump-nfl.html

  5. Update says:

    Donald Trump says NFL ‘doing the right thing’ with anthem policy http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23590560/president-donald-trump-says-nfl-doing-right-thing-anthem-policy “”I think that’s good,” Trump said in a “Fox & Friends” interview that taped Wednesday. “I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. Or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”

    • Principiis obsta/Finem respice says:

      A chemical engineer, working in a German “defense plant” was required to take an “oath of fidelity,” he refused, and was given twenty-four hours to reconsider. The next day, he took the oath:
      “There I was, in 1935, a perfect example of the kind of person who, with all his advantages in birth, in education, and in position, rules (or might easily rule) in any country. If I had refused to take the oath in 1935, it would have meant that thousands and thousands like me, all over Germany, were refusing to take it. Their refusal would have heartened millions. Thus the regime would have been overthrown, or, indeed, would never have come to power in the first place. The fact that I was not prepared to resist, in 1935, meant that all the thousands, hundreds of thousands, like me in Germany were also unprepared, and each one of these hundreds of thousands was, like me, a man of great influence or of great potential influence. Thus the world was lost.”
      Quoted in Milton Mayer, “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933–1945” (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955).

    • Chrizzart says:

      “Trump’s Battle with the NFL Has Reached Critical Mass : The president falsely linked the Super Bowl champions to national anthem protests” (Rolling Stone 6/5/18) “…as several people have pointed out in the wake of the cancellation, not a single Eagles player knelt during the anthem last year.”
      “Trump told officials to punish NFL as part of GOP tax plan: report” http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/390711-trump-told-officials-to-use-gop-tax-plan-to-punish-nfl-report
      “President Trump told White House officials that they should use the Republican-backed tax plan to punish the NFL, according to a report from The Washington Post.
      Aides reportedly began looking into how to punish the league, and those ideas spread to Capitol Hill.
      White House and Capitol Hill aides told the Post about the remarks.
      A White House official told the publication that the president was venting when he made the remarks and that the ideas were never put into action.”

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