United We Stand Rally Held for Colin Kaepernick in Front of NFL HQ; BSO Goes Behind The Scenes (Pics-Vid)

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Powerful spoken words, shirts reading “I’m With Kap” and signs aimed to turn up the heat on the NFL.  This is just a mere taste of the scene from the “United We Stand” rally in front of NFL Headquarters.

The picture headlining this story lends spotlight to the “real change”.  Kaepernick continued his charitable efforts with a donation of $100,000.  Of that total, $33,000 went to the Girls Club of the Lower Eastside depicted above.

Far more credence has been offered to the voice of Kaepernick’s naysayers as opposed to his supporters. This doesn’t even things out but it’s a start in the right direction.  “United We Stand” was not simply a message in favor of Colin Kaepernick, it was a reflection into the current climate of our country.  We can not simply Stick to Sports.

It was roughly one year ago, Kaepernick unbeknownst to anyone took a knee on the sideline of a preseason game in San Diego.  Now, the dawn of a new season just two weeks away. Quarterbacks such as Blake Bortles, Chad Henne & Josh McCown among others battle for starting spots.

What started as a knee has been followed with embarrassment by NFL teams.  The Seahawks flirted for a moment but Kap was clearly too “qualifed” for the the job. The Ravens discussed it, their Super Bowl winning GM & Head Coach approved but at days end they joined the other 30 ball clubs in fear.  Shame could not guilt an NFL team into signing Colin Kaepernick.

Earlier Wednesday, Derrick Johnson, interim president of the NAACP, requested a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.  The request was made to discuss Colin Kaepernick and players’ abilities to exercise their First Amendment rights.

That meeting with Goodell was declined. Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference, spoke out on the NFL’s misstep.

The NFL has concealed concussions, domestic abuse while turning a blind eye to players convicted of manslaughter, DUI and drug use.  Their blackballing of Colin Kaepernick has has been a bigger “distraction” than any signing ever could of been. Kaepernick was a 4th and goal completion from winning Super Bowl XLVII, currently he’s on 4th and career.

BSO was all over the scene.  Former Steelers & Jets Guard Willie Colon as well as CNN’s Symone Sanders gave us some exclusive thoughts.

Flip the pages for the sights and sounds from the “United We Stand” rally.

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Queens, New York born and raised. Sports, Pop Culture and A Tribe Called Quest enthusiast. Follow me on Twitter @StephenFlorival

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