Colin Kaepernick Offers To Pay For Lawyers For Protesters In Minneapolis
Colin Kaepernick, the National Football League player who ignited controversy by taking a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality, has offered to hire top defense lawyers for those protesting George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
- According to The Wall Street Journal, the Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative is being paid for by “Kaepernick’s charitable arm, Know Your Rights Camp.”
- Kaepernick has previously engaged in projects to help raise awareness about issues minorities face, as the Know Your Rights Camp has “[hosted] events around the country to educate young minorities about various topics and issues such as their rights during encounters with police officers.”
- Floyd’s death sparked national outrage “amid a revitalized spotlight on the killing of unarmed black men,” as the police officer who apprehended Floyd “[pressed] his knee into Floyd’s neck until he appeared to pass out.”
- Four of the officers were fired, and one was arrested and charged with murder on Friday.
Since his initial kneeling controversy, Kaepernick has been unable to return to the NFL to play again.
- Kaepernick has argued that he was “effectively blackballed by the league and its 32 teams because of his outspoken political views.”
- Although “the grievance was eventually settled,” he catalyzed a movement that “continued to roil the league even as he remained a free agent.”
- The NFL “attempted to organize a workout for Kaepernick to showcase his skills in front of scouts,” but it “fell apart when the parties couldn’t agree on the terms of the event.”
Kaepernick remains dedicated to the causes that he initially protested for, while keeping ready for a return to playing football.