Updated: Nov 19, 2019
Colin Kaepernick did not kneel so that Colin Kaepernick could have a job in the National Football League.
Kaepernick worked out for 25 clubs of the National Football League on Saturday, November 16, 2019. The workout took place at a high school in Atlanta after Kaepernick moved it from a facility of the Atlanta Falcons. The remaining seven clubs would receive practice footage as would Kaepernick.
While the workout was on Saturday, Kaepernick asked for it to originally be on Tuesday.
On Friday, he asked for an independent media crew to record the workout, but the NFL denied his request. It can be argued the league would have lost control of the narrative but a who's-who of people from members of the press and Kaepernick's people would have backed up what happened.
More importantly, I don't think the NFL would have doctored the video in any way, because Kaepernick and his fans would have noticed even the slightest blip in the video. I respect him and the cause but he should have done the workout in the Atlanta facility. The NFL has more leverage than either Kaepernick or Jay-Z; the league owners can keep Hov off the table and keep Kaep in the stands. But those icons’ issues are represented in millions of people who can take their attention and money elsewhere.
Jay-Z wants to sit at the table with those multi-millionaires in charge of a multi-billion sports league who together can pay the bails, court fees, expired registrations, parking tickets, toll fees and suspended licenses of everyone who needs it in every state where there is an NFL team. If you want to hold Kaepernick accountable, fine but don't help the league owners move bringing awareness to our issues. None of them are resolved.
Let the owners convince and pay people to perform for their Super Bowl like anyone else who wants entertainment at their event. If Jay-Z wants to purchase a team then show up however many times a year for owners meetings but otherwise have the phone on mute while a lawyer listens those should be options available to a Black billionaire without this specific precondition.
Think about this: The only way rich white men will let a Black man in is if he puts on shows for rich white men.
If NFL owners actually want Colin Kaepernick to be a player on one of their teams they can do a better job of showing it. It should not include anything extra from Jay-Z.
It should include whoever in the NFL can do the job of asking the Cleveland Browns to consider Kaepernick for the remainder of the season. The team of course has the option to determine whether to sign him long term.