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Spike Lee Promotes Rally in Front of NFL Headquarters for Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick was released by the 49ers during the off-season and has not yet been picked up by another team

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    Storied football Hall of Famer Joe Montana tells NBC's Eric Hinton that Colin Kaepernick is most likely out of the NFL because of poor play, not his controversial stance of kneeling before the National Anthem last season. (Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017)

    The Colin Kaepernick saga shows no sign of taking a knee.

    Film director Spike Lee announced Monday he's promoting a rally in front of NFL headquarters in New York on Aug. 23 in support of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback. Kaepernick became a hot button issue in the NFL and across much of the country last year with his decision to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Kaepernick said he was spurred by a desire to draw attention to societal issues facing African Americans, including police violence. 

    Kaepernick was released by the 49ers during the offseason and has yet to sign with another team, leading many to speculate he's being blackballed by the league. Most recently, his name was floated for possible openings with the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins. But those teams filled their vacancies elsewhere.

    Not everyone is convinced Kaepernick's social stance is the only reason he's no longer in the NFL. Recently, 49ers great Joe Montana said he believed Kaepernick's sub-par play was another factor keeping him out of the NFL.

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    While Kaepernick has said his kneeling would not carry into the upcoming NFL season if he's back in the league, that hasn't stopped him from being vocal on social media. Most recently he tweeted on the Fourth of July that he couldn't celebrate a holiday that "intentionally robbed our ancestors" of their independence.

    He also fired back at former NFL QB Michael Vick, who suggested he should get a haircut if he wanted back in the league.

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