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Colin Kaepernick equates being an NFL player to slavery in Netflix special, gets obliterated online as 'shameless con artist'


Colin Kaepernick has a new special on Netflix, where he equates being an NFL player to slavery. The internet unmercifully ridiculed the comparison.

"Colin in Black and White" is a six-part docudrama series on Netflix "recounting his formative years navigating race, class, and culture while aspiring for greatness."

The series will detail "Kaepernick's life growing up as the Black adopted son in a white family living in Turlock, California, as well as social commentary discussing the history of racism within professional sports," according to IndieWire.

Kaeperick's special debuted on the streaming giant on Friday, and one particular scene was panned brutally on social media a day later.

The clip showed Kapernick at an NFL combine or training camp,

An overly dramatic Kaepernick points at NFL coaches, then looks at the camera and says, "What they don't want you to understand is what's being established is a power dynamic."

"Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod, and examine you," the melodramatic Kaepernick states. "Searching for any defect that might affect your performance. No boundary respected, no dignity left intact."

The NFL players – all black – then leave the field and walk back in time to a slave auction with a cotton field background. As the white slaveowners examine the slaves that are chained, a clip of a football coach looks at the wingspan of a football player. Then the screen flashed back to the slave auction, where a slave owner then shakes hands with a current-day football coach.

The over-the-top clip was obliterated on social media for trivializing the horrors of slavery and comparing it to athletes willingly accepting millions of dollars to play sports – including Kaepernick, who made over $43 million during his six-year NFL career.

Super Bowl-winning NFL player turned Congressman Burgess Owens: "How dare @Kaepernick7 compare the evil endured by so many of our ancestors to a bunch of millionaires who CHOSE to play game."

TheBlaze contributor Delano Squires: "I find Kaepernick's support of police/prison abolition a lot more problematic than this. William Rhoden, author of Forty Million Dollar Slaves, and others have been making this comparison for a long time. It's silly and dishonors the past, but I'm not surprised."

Conservative commentator Matt Walsh: "Kaepernick spent half a decade crying that NFL teams wouldn't give him a shot and now he's decided that actually being an NFL player is like being a slave. This dude is the most obvious and shameless con artist in modern American history."

Former Nevada GOP Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian: "The last time I checked, not one pro athlete is beaten into submission, raped, or killed. Many have obscene contracts while playing the victim. Kaepernick has hit an all-time low. It's disgusting that he chooses to make money by amplifying this BS."

Podcast host Lauren Chen: "No, Colin Kaepernick. Being a millionaire athlete is not like being a slave."

Fox Sports radio host Doug Gottlieb: "But he wants to play? I'm so confused by this… so #NFL teams are supposed to draft players w/o evals? By not signing him did the league 'free' Kap? Slavery was forced labor, the #NFL compensates you well. Someone make sense of this plz."

Former NFL player Jake Bequette: "This clip is pathetic. We chose to play the game that we loved and we were paid well to do it. Shame on @netflix, @Nike, and the @NFL for embracing @Kaepernick7's antics and his disgraceful message."

Conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg: "These fools are minimizing the evils of slavery. Paying millionaires to play a game they love is not exactly the same thing as chattel slavery. And if I were to suggest it was I'd be called a racist — and rightly so."

Outkick founder Clay Travis: "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."

Conservative commentator Ashley St. Clair: "Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL to actual slave trade I must've missed the part where slaves were paid $43 MILLION like Kaepernick? What a spoiled loser."

Independent journalist Zaid Jilani: "If Kaepernick wants to learn about slavery he could start by asking his employer Nike how they produce goods in China."

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