Shaun King, a news columnist and leader of the Black Lives Matter group, said yesterday he is boycotting the National Football League because he believes they have blacklisted Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick, caused a nationwide firestorm last fall when he chose to to kneel during the national anthem before a football game. He later told media that he did so to protest racial injustice in America.
That action upset hundreds of thousands of fans and led to a boycott that saw ad revenues drop to the lowest level in recent years for the NFL. As a result of that action, Kaepernick was not signed by any NFL team after he decided to opt out of his contract with the San Francisco 49’ers in March.
King wrote in the Daily News, “I can’t, in good conscience, support this league, with many of its pro-Trump owners, as it blacklists my friend and brother Colin Kaepernick for taking a silent, peaceful stance against injustice and police brutality in America. It’s disgusting and has absolutely nothing to do with football and everything to do with penalizing a brilliant young man for the principled stance he took last season.”
Obviously, neither King nor Kaepernick understand that his “peaceful protest” turned off millions of Americans who retaliated by withholding their dollars from the league and its sponsors. As a result, the team owners had no choice but to put Mr. Kaepernick behind them and try to appease the people that pay the bills.
But King and Kaepernick chose to believe that he remain unsigned because of racism, bigotry and discrimination rather than the money involved. In his column, King concluded that, “As a leader in the Black Lives Matter Movement, as a voice in the resistance to Donald Trump, and as a friend of Colin Kaepernick, I cannot, in good conscience, support the NFL any longer. If I did, I’d struggle to look my own son in the eyes or look at myself in the mirror.”
This morning, on “Fox & Friends”, Star Parker, the founder and president of The Center for Urban Renewal and Education pointed out that the NFL teams are staying away from Kaepernick not because of his actions, but rather that they don’t want to deal with the drama surrounding him and risk further alienation of their fans. Parker said King has a right to boycott the NFL, since we live in a free society.
Parker concluded by saying, “However, that said, what we cannot allow to happen is ourselves reduced to mob rule, which is what Black Lives Matter’s all about. We battle in the voting booth in a free society. Black Lives Matter needs to just get off of the political stage and go about their business [and] lives, and then get out to the polls the next time if they really want Democrats in control.”