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Kaepernick Criticizes Roger Goodell and the NFL Over Harrison Butker's


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Vince Carbonneau
May 24, 2024  (12:09)
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Kaepernick Reacts: NFL's Double Standard on Speech

Harrison Butker's controversial commencement speech at Benedictine College has reignited discussions about Colin Kaepernick's fallout with the NFL.
Kaepernick, who last played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, became a polarizing figure due to his decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. This led to widespread debate and, many believe, his eventual blacklisting from the league.
In contrast, Butker faces no threat to his position with the Kansas City Chiefs and is set to continue as their kicker for the eighth season. Despite the uproar surrounding his speech, his spot on the roster remains secure.
On Thursday afternoon, Kaepernick indirectly addressed the Butker situation by reposting an Instagram Story from his girlfriend, Nessa Diab. In her post, Nessa criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for defending Butker's right to his opinion, juxtaposing it with Goodell's previous disapproval of Kaepernick's actions.
Nessa's post included a pointed comment: "That's why I don't watch that organization - and I still don't care who performs at their halftime show." Kaepernick shared this without additional commentary, signaling his agreement.
Kaepernick's Instagram story underscores his awareness of the ongoing discussions about Goodell's stance.
Butker's speech, which sparked the controversy, included the following remarks: «I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolical lies told to you. Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world. I can tell you that my beautiful wife Isabelle would be the first to say that her life truly started when she started living her vocation as a wife and as a mother."
The discourse surrounding Butker's speech shows no signs of abating, as coaches and players continue to field questions about it. Meanwhile, observers will be watching Kaepernick's social media for any further responses to the ongoing controversy.
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