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He Took A Knee On The Field In Protest, And He Still Has No Team

Last season, Colin Kaepernick said he was protesting treatment of African-Americans. His supporters now say league owners are freezing him out.

Colin Kaepernick kneels for the national anthem before a game last October in Santa Clara, Calif. Source: Ezra Shaw

Less than a month away from the start of the regular season, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains a player without a team.

Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before games last season. He said he was protesting treatment of people in black communities during a time of great tension sparked by police shootings of African-Americans.

But his actions sparked outrage. Critics called his pregame protests anti-American, even accusing him of being against the military, a charge Kaepernick has repeatedly denied. Bringing awareness and sparking social change were his only motivations, he says.

His supporters now allege league owners are freezing out Kaepernick – not signing him because of his political beliefs.

Collusion?

Collusion among NFL owners is hard to prove. There's no evidence of any backroom deals being made. Recently, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was.

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