Jemele Hill Calls Out The NFL's Soft Treatment Of Criminals: 'You Should Feel Very Embarrassed By That'
“It’s disappointing, it’s disheartening and if you’re the NFL, you should feel very embarrassed by that.”
Jemele Hill is at it again; this time with an unapologetic jab at the NFL. The sports journalist recently doubled-down on her criticism against the league and how Colin Kaepernick's right to protest was handled.
Kaepernick is currently a free agent with no promising NFL team signage and Hill — who believes he will likely never play in the NFL ever again — is fed up. She also pointed out the hypocrisy of the league's treatment of Kaepernick in comparison with its inconsistent discipline of "criminals" who have actually been convicted of wrongdoing.
“It’s disappointing, it’s disheartening and if you’re the NFL, you should feel very embarrassed by that,” she told NY Daily News.
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Last year, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback filed a grievance against the NFL alleging collusion in regards to his protests against police brutality and racism.
“It wasn’t some crime [Kaepernick] did to somebody, it wasn’t hurting another person,” Hill noted. “It was using his right as an American citizen to call out some of the ills and atrocities in this country.”
Hill believes Kaepernick's legacy will be similar to Muhammad Ali's, who was vilified for his anti-war views during the Vietnam War, but was later celebrated for them.
“After seeing what happened in Vietnam and how Ali’s career and activism further blossomed, people now say, ‘Oh, he made the right decision. That was great!’” said Hill. “People want to wait until they’re proven right to actually say something is a good idea.”
Regardless, Hill believes Kaepernick's legacy will be ultimately attached to something bigger than the sport.
“He’s got an exhibit in the Smithsonian,” Hill said. “He’s going to have streets and schools named after him.”
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