Whereas the NFL made historical past this week on Monday Evening Soccer by that includes an all-Black officiating crew, it apparently nonetheless has an extended option to go to relating to tolerance of numerous factors of view.
Colin Kaepernick, who famously used his time within the league to protest towards racism, took to his Instagram account earlier this week and supplied an replace to his soccer profession.
“1,363 days of being denied employment,” captioned the previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback below video of him figuring out with former teammate Eric Reid. “Nonetheless placing in work with @e_reid35. Nonetheless going arduous 5 days every week. #StillReady #StopRunning.”
ESPN reports there’s a far decrease share of individuals of coloration in positions of energy like head coach, common supervisor and president in comparison with white folks.
Two common managers are Black and the Washington Soccer Group’s Jason Wright is the NFL’s first and solely Black president. Solely three of the 32 head coaches within the NFL are Black, which is identical quantity as when the league adopted the Rooney Rule in 2003. That rule requires a workforce should interview a minority candidate earlier than reaching a last choice.
Kaepernick final performed in 2016 with the San Francisco 49ers, however he was not signed to a brand new contract after that season and groups all however ignored him because the kneeling protest controversy gained steam.
He settled with the league in a collusion lawsuit final yr for an undisclosed quantity. However lately, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that he would “encourage” a workforce to signal Kaepernick.