If NFL owners are terrified of players taking a knee, just wait until they take a stand

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 17: Eli Harold #57, Eric Reid #35, Marquise Goodwin #11 and Louis Murphy #18 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sideline during the anthem as Solomon Thomas #94, Reuben Foster #56 and Adrian Colbert #38 stand with them in support, prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at Levi's Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers defeated the Titans 25-23. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

Sam Fullwood, III, Source: Think Progress

A Twitter-based rumor ignited my hope that black professional football players might be ready, willing, and able to take a unified stand against the plantation-polis of their teams’ owners.

Shaun King, a social activist with an uncanny talent for being at the center of nearly every race-based controversy across the land, reported Sunday on Twitter that he’d talked with “[s]everal star @NFL players” who are organizing to have one of every four players sit out the upcoming season “until the de facto ban of Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick is removed and both men are given spots back on rosters.”

For those who haven’t been paying close attention to what the Associated Press sports department deemed as 2017’s “biggest story of the year,” Kaepernick was a San Francisco 49ers quarterback who protested racial discrimination and police abuses in America by quietly taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem during several pre- and regular-season games in 2016. When the season ended, Kaepernick became a free agent and hasn’t found a spot on an NFL team since. The same fate recently befell his teammate, safety Eric Reid, who joined in Kaepernick’s protest and is now an unsigned free agent despite his stellar performances on the field. Both of the players are suing the NFL, arguing the league’s owners are colluding to keep them out of professional football for exercising their freedom of speech.

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