Kaepernick's Protest Items Become Part of The Smithsonian As NFL Blackout Ramps Up
The former San Francisco 49ers QB's items will be part of the Black Lives Matter collection.
August 19, 2017 at 3:49 pm
This week, the National Museum of African American History and Culture announced that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's items from his national anthem protest will be part of the Black Lives Matter movement collection.
Kaepernick's jersey and shoes he wore during the 2016-17 season will be featured in the museum."The National Museum of African American History and Culture has nearly 40,000 items in our collection," Damion Thomas, the Washington museum's sports curator, told USA Today Sports. "The Colin Kaepernick collection is in line with the museum's larger collecting efforts to document the varied areas of society that have been impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement."
The news comes out at the same time as avid NFL fans have come out in support of Kaepernick by boycotting the league, its games and products until the QB gets signed by a team. A video of fans pulling down black shirts over their NFL jerseys of teams from across the nation went viral announcing the blackout.
Huntsville, Alabama Pastor Debleaire Snell partnered up with other men from the community to create the recruitment video proclaiming their support for the bold QB. Snell pointed out in the video that the NFL has openly embraced and given players jobs who were accused of domestic violence, criminal activity, animal cruelty, drug use and driving under the influence. Kaepernick did none of that.
Despite having a stellar statistical season, the 29-year-old quarterback has not been courted by any of the 32 teams in the league. And many fans believed that he has been blackballed.