Colin Kaepernick compares NFL process to slavery in Netflix special


Colin Kaepernick’s Netflix special came under intense scrutiny this week as the former NFL quarterback who didn’t play football compared the NFL draft process to the slavery training camp.

« Colin in Black & White » explored the life of the former high school NFL star to the events that supposedly led him to become a social justice advocate. Clip that went viral on social media showed Kaepernick comparing the scrutiny players get from coaches to that of slavers

“What they don’t want you to understand is that what’s being established is a power dynamic,” Kaepernick said as he walked through an NFL training ground. “Before you take the field, the teams push you, push you and examine you for any flaws that may affect your performance. « 

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“No respect for limits,” continued Kaepernick, who earned more than $ 40 million during his time in the NFL. “No dignity left untouched. « 

Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick arrives for a practice session for the NFL scouts and media on Saturday, November 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga. (Associated Press)

A line of actors playing NFL prospects, all black, then walk past Kaepernick before turning into slaves in a chain auction as white slave owners bid on them.

At one point, the owners begin to whip the players as Kaepernick tries to make the comparison between the abuse suffered by slaves in the United States and the NFL combination process that determines which players are drafted into the league.

Kaepernick and his series drew fierce criticism on Twitter after the clip made its way to social media.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the field before their NFL preseason soccer game against the Denver Broncos in San Francisco, California, the United States, August 8, 2013.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the field before their NFL preseason soccer game against the Denver Broncos in San Francisco, California, United States on August 8, 2013. (REUTERS / Stephen Lam / File Photo)

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Kaepernick gained national attention in 2016 for sitting and kneeling during the national anthem as a member of the 49ers over what he called a protest against police brutality in the United States. The following year, he gave up his contract to become a free agent and failed to find his way onto another NFL roster.

Colin Kaepernick is seen at a special training event created by Mr. Kaepernick to provide better access for Boy Scouts, the media and the public to Charles.  R. Drew High School in Riverdale, Georgia, the United States, November 16, 2019.

Colin Kaepernick is seen at a special training event created by Mr. Kaepernick to provide better access for Boy Scouts, the media and the public to Charles. R. Drew High School in Riverdale, Georgia, USA, November 16, 2019 (REUTERS / Elijah Nouvelage)

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The former quarterback insisted his failure to join the league was due to his being blacklisted by NFL owners who opposed his protests against the anthem. He sued the NFL and ultimately received an undisclosed settlement.

Since his days in the NFL, Kaepernick has garnered endorsements from big companies like Nike, a deal with Netflix, and other deals that have reportedly earned him tens of millions of dollars.

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