Politics, Sports, Toronto

Why They Kneel: CFL Players Speak

It’s been over a year since Colin Kaepernick first took a knee to shine a needed light on police brutality and social injustice and inspired more NFL players to follow suit. The NFL and everyone who watches it has had to come to terms with how they feel about the players’ protests.  Frustratingly, many people have distorted the reasons for the protests;  citing them as a disrespect to the national anthem and the military, despite the players repeatedly stating that is not what the protests are about.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”  – Colin Kaepernick

Now the protests have spread north to the CFL.

Macleans’ Andray Domise spoke with CFL players and alumni to hear why they stand with Kaepernick and protesting NFL players…

“You don’t have a right to tell an athlete what to think, or what to say,” the retired quarterback tells me over the phone. “We’re not just football players, we’re all of these other things. We’re fathers. We’re taxpayers. We’re citizens. But more so than that, we’re human beings.” [FULL STORY]