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Colin Kaepernick Compares Playing In The NFL To Slavery

Max Sherry

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Colin Kaepernick Compares Playing In The NFL To Slavery

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Colin Kaepernick has compared NFL training camp assessments to being bought and sold in slavery.

The former NFL quarterback has recently released his new film titled Colin in Black and White, which delves into his life as a black athlete experiencing racism both on and off the football field.

Since its release on Netflix, fans have heaped praise on the autobiographical series, although it seems one scene has grabbed headlines for polarising reasons.

Kaepernick narrates one scene showing athletes getting assessed during a training camp, which is how NFL hopefuls get into the league.

Lining up, the shirtless men are analysed one-by-one by NFL team doctors and coaches ahead of their selection.

"Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod and examine you," Kaepernick says. "Searching for any defect that might affect your performance. No boundary respected. No dignity left intact."

The players then break the fourth wall and walk towards Kaepernick's direction.

As they cross past him, you can hear shackles rattling as the shirtless men turn into slaves walking through a field.

The camera then pans out and a slave is up on a podium being auctioned off to a bunch of white men.

One of the potential buyers then decides to get closer to the other slaves, wanting to examine them even more - mirroring what Kaepernick believes NFL coaches do too.

The camera then flashes back to an NFL training camp where a white coach is looking over a young, black player during a physical assessment.

At the end, the two scenes combine when the white NFL coach and the white slave auctioneer shake hands after making a deal.

Kaepernick uses the divisive scene as a metaphor to suggest that young athletes are being groomed into a slave system, claiming 'they' are trying to 'establish a power dynamic'.

When the scene first aired, fans were left divided as some people applauded it while others flocked to social media to slam it.

One bloke tweeted: "I supported Kaepernick kneeling and speaking out about racism in America. But the minimum NFL salary is almost $700,000. This is not slavery."

As another added: "True fact. Most slaves got multi-million guaranteed contracts too."

Meanwhile, some users reacted by posting Kaepernick's net worth and salary while he was in the NFL.

Topics: SPORT, Entertainment

Max Sherry
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