The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is still without a job, being overlooked for many starting and backup positions this offseason. Many believe Kaepernick is being blacklisted for his actions — mainly kneeling during the national anthem — during the 2016 season in protest of police brutality and racial inequality.
Those in favor of Kaepernick and his stance plan to make their voices heard. There will be a rally in favor of the free agent quarterback at 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in front of NFL headquarters, located at 345 Park Ave. in New York City. Film director Spike Lee announced his support for Kaepernick and the rally on Twitter.
Lee, though, is not the organizer of the event, but did reiterate his support for Kaepernick and the cause.
Kaepernick’s name has been tossed around regarding vacant quarterback positions this offseason, but interest has been limited. He was brought in by the Seattle Seahawks for a visit, but the team chose not to sign him. The Baltimore Ravens expressed interest in Kaepernick, but reports suggested owner Steve Bisciotti was against the move. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome played down the reports.
The latest slight to Kaepernick supporters was the Miami Dolphins signing quarterback Jay Cutler after the team announced starter Ryan Tannehill would be sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury.
Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 11 starts in 2016, but the 49ers went 1-10 during that span. He led San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII, losing 34-31 to the Ravens.