Colin Kaepernick Fans Criticize NFL For Tweets Praising MLK

Twitter users also called out the fact that there are currently only two Black head coaches in the league.
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The NFL published tweets on Monday honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., but Colin Kaepernick fans swiftly responded to the league by saying: Not so fast.

Recognizing King on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which fell on Jan. 18 this year, the NFL tweeted a photo of the civil rights icon with one of his famed quotes: 鈥淚njustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.鈥

The tweet garnered criticism, though, as many people called out the fact that the league has been widely accused of blackballing Kaepernick after he kneeled during the playing of the national anthem at NFL games to protest racial injustices.

Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who famously began kneeling in protest of systemic racism in 2016, has remained unsigned by any team since he became a free agent after the 2016 season.

Ava DuVernay, who directed 鈥淪elma,鈥 a film which tells the story of King and the civil rights campaign that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, tweeted a GIF to the NFL Twitter account that spoke for itself.

The acclaimed filmmaker, who teamed up with Kaepernick for an upcoming Netflix series about the activist鈥檚 life called 鈥淐olin in Black & White,鈥 shared a GIF that featured a clip of Denzel Washington from his performance in Lorraine Hansberry鈥檚 play, 鈥淎 Raisin in the Sun,鈥 on Broadway. In the GIF, Washington is seen shutting a door in someone鈥檚 face.

Other Twitter users chided the NFL as being hypocritical, with one Twitter user writing, 鈥Y鈥檃ll really have some kinda nerve.

Twitter users called out another tweet posted by the NFL on Monday as hypocritical, after the league shared a video that featured a reading of a poem on being Black in America by Seattle Seahawks player Tyler Lockett.

Others took the opportunity to call out the NFL for its other systemic issues, like the fact that there鈥檚 now only two Black head coaches in the league, which is made up of roughly 70% Black players. Anthony Lynn, a Black former head coach for the Los Angeles Chargers, was fired earlier this month.

Kaepernick on Monday tweeted an excerpt of King鈥檚 famous 1963 鈥淟etter from Birmingham Jail,鈥 in which the late civil rights icon wrote that the 鈥済reat stumbling鈥 block toward freedom for the Black community is the 鈥渨hite moderate鈥 who is 鈥渕ore devoted to 鈥榦rder鈥 than to justice.鈥

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