With less than two weeks to go before the start of the NFL regular season, league quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still without a job.
Over the offseason, football teams have continually chosen not to sign Kaepernick, which has led his supporters to cry racism. Now the NAACP and ACLU are getting more involved in the situation by demanding an NFL team hire Kaepernick. Fox News host Tucker Carlson spoke with an Atlanta NAACP leader Friday night about the demand.
Gerald Griggs, vice president of the NAACP’s Atlanta chapter, told Carlson the NFL must answer why its 17th best quarterback — based on QB rating — doesn’t have a job despite the league employing more than 90 quarterbacks.
Since Kaepernick is such a skilled player, yet he doesn’t have a job, how does race or his national anthem protests not play a part in his unemployment, Griggs said.
Carlson, on the other hand, pointed out that 70 percent of the NFL’s players are black, which he said disqualifies any claim the league is racist. He also noted that Kaepernick has made tens of millions of dollars playing professional football and even signed one of the league’s biggest contracts ever in 2014.
“Just on the basis of those facts alone, it’s hard to see how Colin Kaepernick at 29 is a victim of racism,” Carlson said.