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Colin Kaepernick

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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Roger Goodell, All 37 NFL Sponsors

#NoKaepernickNoNFL - Boycott NFL Games If Colin Kaepernick Doesn't Play This Season

Update (5/23/2018) - The NFL just added a new policy that requires NFL players to stand during the Anthem. So our boycott will now include that they "change that policy". Read more On August 26, 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat down during the National Anthem before the 3rd preseason game of the upcoming 2016 NFL season. Right after the game, he told NFL Media why he sat during the anthem, prompting his now-famous statement: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." Never before, since the great Muhammad Ali's refusal to serve in Vietnam in 1967, has an athlete taken such a direct stance highlighting the injustices of people of color -- and just like Ali, the reaction to Kaepernick's stance has been met with passionate responses, often times divided by the color line. Since that statement, Kaepernick "upgraded" his protest to a knee, announced a plan to donate $1 million to the charities that focused on racial issues (which he followed through), had great support from some of his teammates, NFL colleagues, athletes from all sports levels (starting from junior high), and fans by taking a knee during anthems. Best of all, Kaepernick's protest made the conversation about "racial/police brutality" front-page for the large part of the NFL season, a feat never done before in its history. Because he needed to start, Kaepernick also restructured his contract during the 2016 season, taking away the final 4 years and reworking it into a 2-year deal (with a 1-year player option) -- allowing him to leave after the season if he chooses, which he did. Since then, no one has offered Colin Kaepernick, a Super Bowl QB just a few years ago, a NFL job despite cries from NFL Players and analysts, both black and white. He also has a better Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) than half the backup quarterbacks signed right now. This shows that the NFL Owners are not willing to bring Kaepernick into their team because -- according to many fans -- he is a "distraction". A man who protested because of injustices towards people of color is pretty much blackballed in a league that is 70% Black. If you are appalled by this, then show your power by boycotting the NFL until Kaepernick gets signed to a team. This means to not watch any games, no social media comments about your favorite team before/during/after the games, don't attend the stadiums, and don't buy any merchandise which represents the league or your favorite team. We understand the NFL is very important to you. We also understand the purpose of Colin Kaepernick's protest is FAR more important than any games you will ever watch. Simply put, if things stay the same for the way America -- where "all men are created equal" -- treats people of color, then your loved ones, friends, and children will eventually be affected as well. Finally, this situation really shines a light on how much the NFL really cares about its Black athletes. It's pretty much: Play for us, entertain us, make us money, and shut up. Here's a video of someone explaining the true meaning of the National Anthem: Click here --------------------- Since we reached our initial goal of 100,000 signatures, here's a pic of the 32 NFL Owners we already mailed.  Our new goal is 1 MILLION signatures by the start of the NFL Regular Season. Afterwards, we will mail every NFL Sponsor (all 37 of them) a letter asking them to reconsider their relationship with the league. NFL Sponsors are listed below (the CEOs) : Gatorade & Pepsi & Quaker - Indra K. Nooyi Anheuser-Busch - João Castro Neves USAA - Stuart Parker Bose - Bob Marseca Marriott - Arne M. Sorenson Xbox & Microsoft - Satya Nadella News America - Martin Garofalo SAP - Bill McDermott McDonalds - Steve Easterbrook New Era - Chris Koch Nike - Mark Parker Extreme Networks - Ed Meyercord Nationwide - Steve Rasmussen TD Ameritrade - Tim Hockey Zebra - Anders Gustafsson Dannon - Emmanuel Faber  Hyundai - Kyung Soo Lee EA Sports - Andrew Wilson VISA - Alfred F. Kelly Jr Campbell’s Soup - Denise M. Morrison FedEx - Frederick W. Smith Frito-Lay - Thomas R. Greco Mars Snackfood - Grant F. Reid Dairy Management, Inc. - Thomas Gallagher SiriusXM - James E. Meyer Under Armour - Kevin Plank Bridgestone - Gordon Knapp Ticketmaster - Michael Rapino Procter & Gamble - David S. Taylor Verizon - Lowell C. McAdam Barclays - Jes Staley Papa John’s - John Schnatter Castrol - Mandhir Singh Ford - James Hackett #NoKaepernickNoNFL  P.S.: If you already have a NFL package (Sunday ticket, etc.)...please cancel / unsubscribe. Also make this your new profile pic.

Unstripped Voice
202,988 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Roger Goodell, NFL

NFL Stop Allowing National Anthem Protests

 Being an American in the land of the free and the home of the brave is an honor and privilege not everyone in the world gets to experience.  Hundreds upon thousands of brave Americans have fought and died for this privilege for over two centuries at home and abroad.  Americans have always been drawn together and unified no matter what race, religion, age, gender, or political view for the short few minutes when the star spangled banner is played.  Whether it’s a little league game in Ohio or an NFL game in San Francisco the song and what it stands for remains the same.  Millions of Americans as well as myself and people all over the world are fans of the National Football League.  As with many other professional sports the national anthem is played prior to the start of these events.  Recently San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick has started a trend of protesting our national anthem by kneeling and not showing respect to what it stands for in hopes of bringing attention to racial inequality.  A number of other players and teams have joined him as we have all seen over the course of opening weekend on 9/11.  Trying to explain to my children why these players were doing this as I watched my American flag blowing in the wind out the window, it became very clear something had to be done.  I have instilled patriotism in my children as my father who was a United States Marine did in me.  How could this be happening? Am I essentially witnessing a form of treason? These are just some of the thoughts that ran through my head.  Prior to the start of the 49ers game on 9/12 Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid knelt side by side out in the open in front of the player’s bench as our nation’s anthem was played.  They did so some 20 feet behind men and women in uniform holding the edges of a giant American flag being stretched across the field.  I became even more enraged as I watched media personnel flock in front of them half way through the song to snap pictures and video.  When the song ended the camera stayed focused on Kaepernick for a solid minute to show him slapping hands and hugging teammates in support of his actions.   Let me be clear. I am not a member of any foundation or cause.  I am a blue collar American and an NFL fan.  This petition is not against any cause.  This petition is against the NFL allowing this violation of their own policy.  Make no mistake NFL players are contractual employees and do not fall under the same 1st amendment rights which they are choosing to exercise unopposed as a publicity stunt.  It does not say anywhere that players are required to stand for the national anthem, however, article 51 section 6 of the NFLPA and NFL states the following: Article 51, Section 6 provides that “The NFLPA and the Management Council agree that each will use reasonable efforts to curtail public comments by Club personnel or players which express criticism of any club, its coach, or its operation and policy, or which tend to cast discredit upon a Club, a player, or any other person involved in the operation of a Club, the NFL, the Management Council, or the NFLPA.” I beg this question: On what planet does kneeling for the national anthem and publicly giving interviews as to why, not fall under discredit?  All the while the NFL exercised there enforcement abilities by not allowing the Dallas Cowboys to wear a decal on their helmets commemorating the deaths of five Dallas police officers who were assassinated.  During the month of October the NFL basically lifts the same policy for players and personnel to where pink for breast cancer awareness month.  I'm not saying that either one is right or wrong, I am simply giving a strong example that the NFL has and does openly choose to enforce and not enforce certain policies.  There are plenty of foundations and groups these players could be a part of and donate to publicly in support of what they believe in.  Many players have done so and have been very successful.  Disrespecting our country in front of a worldwide audience to bring attention to these should not and can not be tolerated.  Please join me in forcing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's hand to show reasonable effort to curtail this discredit and bring a stop to this epidemic of blatant disrespect for our great nation.

Eric Sebahar
2,728 supporters