COLIN KAEPERNICK has been unemployed since March. A quarterback in America’s National Football League (NFL), Mr Kaepernick led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl during his first season as a starter in 2012. But he only gained broader notoriety last year, when he began kneeling when the national anthem was played before games, to protest the injustice experienced by racial minorities in America. Mr Kaepernick and the 49ers parted ways at the end of the 2016 season, and since then no team has been willing to sign him. Suspecting a conspiracy, on October 15th Mr Kaepernick filed a formal grievance under the league’s collective-bargaining agreement. He accused the NFL’s 32 owners of colluding to keep him off the field.
Mr Kaepernick has strong reason to believe he deserves a job in the NFL. Although he may not be an elite quarterback, every team needs a signal-caller, and Mr Kaepernick is clearly among the 32 most qualified people on Earth for the role. Among the 36 NFL quarterbacks who threw for at least 1,000 yards during…Continue reading
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