How Colin Kaepernick Started A National Movement Years Before George Floyd’s Death | MSNBC

How Colin Kaepernick Started A National Movement Years Before George Floyd's Death | MSNBC 1


President Trump warning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell players would be "disrespecting" the country if they kneel during the national anthem in protest to police brutality. The warning comes after Goodell admits he was "wrong" on the protests. MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle reports on how Colin Kaepernick came up with the idea to kneel and gets reaction from former NFL player Donte Stallworth who says the NFL “had an opportunity” to defend its players before, but “instead chose to stand with the President of the United States against its own players.” As Goodell now admits he was “wrong,” Stallworth says “words are good start” and hopes the league will now “shield the players from the President.” (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. ). Aired on 6/8/2020.
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How Colin Kaepernick Started A National Movement Years Before Floyd's Death | MSNBC

75 Comments on "How Colin Kaepernick Started A National Movement Years Before George Floyd’s Death | MSNBC"

  1. *Kaep:* There’s a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality. There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people. That’s not right. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.
    *Reporter:* So many people see the flag as a symbol of the military. How do you view it and what do you say to those people?
    *Kaep:* I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That’s something that’s not happening. I’ve seen videos, I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they have fought for, and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.
    August 28, 2016 – the day he first took that knee.

  2. I am BIGGIE Cheese | June 8, 2020 at 8:01 PM | Reply

    I HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR COLIN KAEPERNICK.. The man showed his Morals and Values could NOT be bought.

  3. Carlos Morales | June 8, 2020 at 8:01 PM | Reply

    Rodger Goodell is a liar will see if let’s Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL

    • Ellie BlueSea | June 9, 2020 at 7:53 AM | Reply

      @Jeffrey Dahmer’re desperate for attention…bunky baby..

    • ​@Jeffrey Dahmer Yes, coming from a fake stable and happy home like yours, with both parents in tow, and still managing to commit extremely HEINOUS MURDERS – SERIAL KILLER!!

    • fwdfdfsa111133 | June 9, 2020 at 1:25 PM | Reply

      I hope he does! Colin Kaepernick is my favorite 3rd string qb in the league !

    • Geddy Schacher | June 9, 2020 at 10:30 PM | Reply

      Kaeperknick can’t hang in the NFL…

      Not talented enough, and a cancer on any organization…

      The nfl owners and coaches are smart..

    • Geddy Schacher | June 9, 2020 at 10:33 PM | Reply

      @Drake Fire Kneeling, when one is not supposed to, “represents”
      militant “turdism”…👈😏….

  4. Chantel Sutton | June 8, 2020 at 8:07 PM | Reply

    Says the five time draft dodger. Kaepernick protested peacefully and got blackballed.

  5. Tosca Tattertail | June 8, 2020 at 8:16 PM | Reply

    so taking a Knee was first done by MLK as a way to respectfully protest…what better example can you have.

    • Courtney Scott | June 8, 2020 at 9:06 PM | Reply


    • Jayne Berkley | June 9, 2020 at 2:12 AM | Reply


    • The US attitude to this always confused me ,having lived in the UK most of my life where taking a knee / bending the knee is seen as a respectful thing ,and has been for centuries.
      It’s been used by “noble” and “peasant” alike to signal ultimate respect and fealty. So I could never understand the outrage such a respectful gesture created.

    • Pablo_Jeffscobar _ | June 9, 2020 at 6:46 AM | Reply

      Evilroco sheep mentality, lord trump said it was bad so that’s how the population saw it

    • Jayne Berkley | June 9, 2020 at 7:46 AM | Reply

      Evilroco yes I agree ,I’m also British and have the same opinion, obviously it’s down to Trump, so sad 😞.

  6. donald oshea | June 8, 2020 at 8:16 PM | Reply

    Even if he couldn’t play football in more he would be good for public relations

  7. Mary Jill Ackerman | June 8, 2020 at 8:20 PM | Reply

    Colin is a messenger SAINT!

  8. Colin Kaepernick did his homework and sought advice before he took the knee. That shows respect, and courage, and what did the NFL do? Blackballed him, and now Goodell REALIZED that he and the rest of his goons were wrong — FOUR YEARS LATER? Where’s the apology and giving credit to Kaepernick for fighting for what is right?

  9. Gary Marino | June 8, 2020 at 8:28 PM | Reply

    I can’t believe we are still dealing with this,kneeling has been a sign of respect for many years under numerous circumstances,the president has nothing to do with the NFL

  10. I asked my flag.
    It doesn’t mind if people kneel.

  11. Donaldson Pharaoh | June 8, 2020 at 8:33 PM | Reply

    Where was Trump when the flag needed defending during Vietnam?

    • Donaldson Pharaoh | June 9, 2020 at 1:19 AM | Reply

      @Joe_Anroy You literally made no sense what so ever. He wasn’t a politician nor president of the USA 🙄🙄🙄What does that have to do with dodging the draft when he was eligible to serve. Maybe you should try using your brain harder.

    • @Donaldson Pharaoh Thank you for your service🙏🙏🙏👍👍

    • BreakTheWheel Now | June 9, 2020 at 11:44 AM | Reply

      @Tech ti Of course he Kap took the knee before trump became president but that didn’t stop trump from lying and saying it was about insulting veterans, the flag and the national anthem. It was never about any of that and he knew it. He also knew he could say and claim anything and his followers would believe him over the truth and they did. Terrible leadership right in front of us.

    • BreakTheWheel Now | June 9, 2020 at 11:46 AM | Reply

      @Joe_Anroy More interested in Donald J Trump’s criminal background!

    • slinkiegirl2001 | June 9, 2020 at 2:24 PM | Reply

      he was hiding behind his mom’s skirt crying he could not serve becoz of bone spur, the liar hypocrite and to think he stuck it to john mcaine

  12. Tangu Mulowayi | June 8, 2020 at 8:35 PM | Reply

    I dont think Kaepernick will even considet going back. His heart is too much worth to play again for this demonic league.

    • Tom Simmons | June 9, 2020 at 2:11 AM | Reply

      He’s been trying to come back, and even had some tryouts, but he lost to much body mass since he went vegan.

    • Astin Martin | June 9, 2020 at 7:19 AM | Reply

      I hope he doesn’t. I feel like he will get serious hurt and won’t be protected, on the field, by a lot of his white teammates ….and probably some black teammate because of jealousy, 🤷🏽‍♀️I’m just saying.

    • fwdfdfsa111133 | June 9, 2020 at 1:32 PM | Reply

      That AND.. He’s just not good enough for the NFL and in a league where consistentcy is king, ck quite frankly was one of the most inconsistent QBs the 9ers had ever seen

  13. Tasha Williams | June 8, 2020 at 8:41 PM | Reply

    It should be obvious to everyone by now. Trump does not want. Unity

  14. Queen Of Wands | June 8, 2020 at 8:43 PM | Reply

    The NFL commissioner need to publicly apologize to Colin Kaupernick and reinstate him. Enough of the bs and we need to boycott the NFL until this happens!

    • Yolonda Hie-Babers | June 8, 2020 at 11:07 PM | Reply


    • reinstating him ain’t that easy with all these controversy but induct him into hall of fame be good start…

    • Danny Carmichael | June 9, 2020 at 1:15 AM | Reply

      Screw Goodell. Too little, too late. Who needs to play for the greedy self centered PINK EUROPEAN ALBINO(aka palefaced white man).

  15. Sheila Phillip | June 8, 2020 at 9:29 PM | Reply

    Roger is rude, nor even mentioning Caps name.

  16. Are you going to stop them from kneeling Trump? I don’t think so.

  17. michael bailey | June 8, 2020 at 10:02 PM | Reply

    It’s a sad commentary that NFL players have to be protected from the president.

    • Ash Roskell | June 9, 2020 at 7:37 AM | Reply

      You have ALL just witnessed the police, kneeling WITH us, Protesting WITH US, PRAYING WITH US. Doing it peacefully, while respecting the flag, is WHAT the MILITARY fought for. They set a fine example, which should NOT be hijacked by trump. ALL POLICE want to see brutality END. All except the ones who need to GO.

    • Killroy was here | June 9, 2020 at 9:28 AM | Reply

      Surprised more don’t yet understand they too are BLACK?

    • Hillary Clinton | June 9, 2020 at 1:15 PM | Reply

      The President is your master. You’ll bow and do as your told.

  18. Min. Harrison | June 8, 2020 at 10:49 PM | Reply

    If you believe you were wrong, then give him his job back !

  19. Daniel Hendleman | June 8, 2020 at 11:37 PM | Reply

    Trump didnt just warp the truth. He warped the world in the process

  20. Trump, a Patriotic lol Only thing he cares about is himself and only acting to wild up his base.

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