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Chris Rock Says Colin Kaepernick ‘Shouldn’t Be Denied the Right To Ever Play Again’

Former 49ers quarterback admonished for kneeling during the National Anthem is still out of a job

Last Updated: September 17, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

Chris Rock doesn’t agree with the NFL turning on quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who still has not been signed by a team.

“You have to admit that in the world of sports where we give actual criminals a fifteenth chance this guy shouldn’t be denied the right to ever play again,” Rock wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback made waves last season when he knelt during the National Anthem to protest social injustice in the U.S., and has inspired protests this season. Many people think that the lack of interest by the 32 NFL teams in signing him is solely due to that protest, while others simply see Kaepernick as a declining commodity as he gets older. (Never mind that he is 29, 11 years younger than Patriots  star Tom Brady, who is still revered as a quarterback at 40.)

Rock shared his thoughts:

It’s not the fact that not one of the bad teams that obviously needs a quarterback signed him i.e. Jets / browns / jaguars / bears .It’s not the fact that none of the teams that are good but are just a stable quarterback away from being a super bowl contender signed him Texans/ broncos/ . It’s the fact the there’s a bunch of teams that are an injured quarterback away from there whole season going up in smoke . Cowboys/ raiders / etc. the fact that the good teams don’t want him is the proof. Teams in every sport sign players all the time for the sole purpose of there competition not getting the player . But nobody’s worried about that because they already know he’s not gonna be signed.”

Kaepernick previously led the 49ers to the Superbowl, has six playoff games under his belt and last season threw 16 touchdowns to four interceptions, but remains a free agent after bowing out of his San Francisco contract earlier this year.

“Does he have more talent than quarterbacks that are on rosters right now? Yes he does,” NBC’s “Thursday Night Football” analyst Mike Tirico said during a recent interview with TheWrap. “So from that perspective, he should be on a roster.”

Read Rock’s entire post below.

It’s not the fact that not one of the bad teams that obviously needs a quarterback signed him i.e. Jets / browns / jaguars / bears .It’s not the fact that none of the teams that are good but are just a stable quarterback away from being a super bowl contender signed him Texans/ broncos/ . It’s the fact the there’s a bunch of teams that are an injured quarterback away from there whole season going up in smoke . Cowboys/ raiders / etc. the fact that the good teams don’t want him is the proof. Teams in every sport sign players all the time for the sole purpose of there competition not getting the player . But nobody’s worried about that because they already know he’s not gonna be signed. Most athletes are decent people but there’s also a lot of bad guys that have been made worse buy getting special treatment their whole lives . I’ve met Colin a few times and I don’t think he’s one of the bad ones. Btw I understand anybody that doesn’t agree with him that’s your right I get it. But you have to admit that in the world of sports where we give actual criminals a fifteenth chance this guys shouldn’t be denied the right to ever play again.

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