Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is back in the spotlight again — and the reason is likely to leave many Americans shaking their heads.
According to Breitbart, Kaepernick has partnered with Netflix to produce a documentary series about his life called Colin In Black & White. One scene, the outlet said, shockingly compares “the NFL Combine process to a slave auction.”
The scene reportedly features Kaepernick walking across a football field where several Black athletes face scrutiny from white coaches. “But let me tell you,” the former NFL player says into the camera, “what they don’t want you to understand is what’s established is a power dynamic.
“Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod, and examine you,” he adds. “Searching for any defect that might affect your performance. No boundary respected. No dignity left intact.”
The setting then transitions to what Breitbart described as “a mid-1800’s slave auction where white landowners examine slaves for purchase.”
Writing for Breitbart, Dylan Gwinn argued that “there are some not-so-subtle differences between the NFL Combine and slavery.”
“You know, things like NFL players choosing to be a part of the combine process instead of being captured and sold,” he wrote. “There’s the fact they’re free to go any time they want, unlike slaves.”
Gwinn also observed that players are “compensated with the kind of wealth that most people can scarcely even conceive of,” a sharp contrast to the enslaved people who faced brutal conditions in the U.S. into the mid-19th century.
Gwinn was not alone in objecting to Kaepernick’s portrayal. Conservative commentator Clay Travis tweeted, “Anyone still defending this imbecile lacks a functional brain.”
Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL combine, which allows all players of all races a voluntary chance to become multi-millionaires, to slavery. Anyone still defending this imbecile lacks a functional brain. pic.twitter.com/rMaKi7c6xh
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 30, 2021
Former NFL star Jack Brewer spoke up as well, telling Fox News that Kaepernick exhibits “an evil, anti-American spirit and it’s sick and disgusting.”
Brewer argued that Kaepernick’s ideology is “the single largest threat to Black men in the United States of America because right now folks are thinking that they’re victims and they’re living in the most prosperous, the most opportunity of any country in the world.”