Friday, August 25, 2017

Storm over Kaepernick comes to Los Angeles area NFL offices

By LA Weekly, Aug. 24, 2017

The local chapter of Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, unhappy with what they see as Kaepernick's blacklisting over his refusal last season to participate in "The Star Spangled Banner" and national anthem pregame rituals, launched a local boycott of Rams and Chargers games that has fed into a nationwide wave of action against the league.

Kaepernick took a knee last season in order to protest police shootings of unarmed black men. This year, demonstrators say, he's remained a free agent, despite a more-than-qualified record and a Super Bowl appearance, because of his stance. The situation has put the NFL in a tough spot. Some point to an exodus of some white fans unhappy with what they see as his disrespect for the American flag. This season, some African-America fans are staying home and even some white players are taking Kaepernick's defiant stance during games.

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