Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the 49ers, sat down during the National Anthem before a game to protest against police brutality. Though several players from other NFL teams followed his example, his actions have been met with a great deal of disdain, especially from the higher-ups in the League. He’s christened the most hated man in the NFL all due to his activism.
Josh Brown, linebacker for the Giants, was revealed as a habitual wife-beater by the sports news media. Yet, the owner of the Giants knew. But Brown was still allowed to continue playing for some time up to this point, despite him having a record of domestic violence that’s 150 pages long!
Kaepernick doesn’t have a criminal record. Brown has been abusing his wife for years. The former is despised while the latter is still loved by NFL both personnel and fans alike.
Also, Ray Rice, a former running back for the Ravens who became infamous for knocking his wife out in an elevator, was immediately suspended. His football career is now in a possibly permanent limbo.
As Shaun King of the New York Daily News puts it, “To be black and a peaceful protester of violence makes one far more hated than being white and beating and intimidating a woman. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the definition of white privilege.” As you can tell, the NFL’s actions towards its players is questionable at best and deplorable at worst. It shows how the institution views domestic violence in terms of race. If Kaepernick so much as had even one report, his career and repurtation would have been damaged, probably beyond repair. To the NFL, him sitting during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ is as sinister as Rae Carruth, another former black football player, hiring a hitman to kill his then-pregnant girlfriend. But for obvious reasons, Josh Brown beating his wife for years is not that bad, because you know – white men.