Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent, leaving people around the NFL and fans of the league to speculate on why he’s still unemployed. Several players have voiced their support for the controversial quarterback, and now he has rapper J. Cole in his corner–not that it’s going to help him.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who led a National Anthem protest against racial injustice last season, isn’t on a roster for a variety of reasons. Recently, it looked like he was getting a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, but after Kaepernick’s girlfriend posted a message comparing former player Ray Lewis and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to a slave and his master, interest subsided.
J. Cole performed in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday night where he voiced his support for Kaepernick on stage. Kaepernick posted several photos of the two of them Monday on Instagram thanking the rapper for speaking out.
“Baltimore, the type of shit that’s happening here, don’t you think somebody should risk they’re whole livelihood and their whole life to talk about this shit? Even if it cost them they money, they job, they life? Don’t that sound like Colin Kaepernick? Don’t that sound like what he doing? And he trying to come to Baltimore, the city that seems to need that shit for real,” the rapper told the crowd.
According to an inside NFL source, that’s not the case though. Kaepernick isn’t risking his money, his job or his life to make a stand for a cause–he’s refusing it to keep the narrative going. (RELATED: Kaepernick Turned Down At Least One Contract To Play Up The Race Card)
Many players around the league believe that Kaepernick hasn’t landed another job due to race and his political views, but a source told The Daily Caller Monday that the quarterback turned down at least one contract to keep the media frenzy going.
The former 49er allegedly doesn’t want to make “backup money,” and even instructed his representatives not to sign a contract offered to him for the league’s minimum $900,000 a year for a seventh-year player.