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Moore writes: "I want no part in this anymore. I love the Lions. I love the Packers. I used to enjoy lazy Sundays watching NFL RedZone and SportsCenter. But not this year. If Kaepernick is not welcome in the NFL, then the NFL isn't welcome in my home."

Filmmaker Michael Moore. (photo: Sacha Lecca)
Filmmaker Michael Moore. (photo: Sacha Lecca)


If Kaepernick Is Not Welcome in the NFL, Then the NFL Isn't Welcome in My Home

By Michael Moore, Michael Moore's Facebook Page

15 September 17

 

hen the NFL kicked off it’s season on Sunday, I was on stage at the Belasco Theatre performing my one-man show.

As I shared with my audience, I’m not watching any NFL games this year. I’m done.

I’ve decided to boycott the NFL this year because 32 NFL teams have colluded to blacklist one player: Colin Kaepernick.

Last year, Kaepernick decided to take a stand against the oppression and state violence against black Americans that still plagues this country. He did it in a quiet, dignified and nonviolent way - by taking a knee during the national anthem. If not for that action, Colin Kaepernick would be on an NFL roster right now.

There are 32 NFL teams. 3 quarterbacks per team. That’s 96 quarterbacks on NFL rosters.

Kaepernick led his team to the Super Bowl in 2012-13. He threw for 300 yards and a touchdown. He ran for 62 yards and another touchdown.

He’s 29 years old. He is in the prime of his career.

There are NOT 96 better quarterbacks in the world than Colin Kaepernick. There are NOT 64 better quarterbacks than Kaepernick. There are not even 32 quarterbacks better than Kaepernick.

NFL teams are signing quarterbacks with no NFL track records. They’re signing mediocre has-beens who’ve had little success in the league.

Whenever an NFL team has to sign a player, they have every right to look into the pros and cons of what that player brings to the table. Will there be distractions? Will they cause trouble in the locker room? Will they represent the team in an honorable way?

When a player has a history of bad sportsmanship, domestic violence or other crimes, NFL teams have a right to weigh that when deciding if they want to sign him. And they nearly ALWAYS come to the conclusion that those players are fine - they’re worth the controversy. They’re worth the distraction and the bad PR.

But when a talented young quarterback, who's been a model citizen and model teammate; who's put up good numbers and who's taken his team to the Super Bowl, decided to take a political stand in a quiet, dignified and nonviolent way - the NFL says NO! That’s too much trouble! We need to shut him down!

There are about 1,700 players in the NFL. About 70 percent of them are black.

Blacklisting Kaepernick is as much about the owners as it is about Colin. The message is a loud and clear:

"Obey us. Get in line. Don’t rock the boat. Keep bashing your heads in, collecting your paychecks and shutting your mouths. We run this league. We run this country."

And it's a message to any American who dares to speak out in their workplace about an injustice that they see: shut up. Keep it to yourself. It's not worth it. Your career will be over.

I want no part in this anymore. I love the Lions. I love the Packers. I used to enjoy lazy Sundays watching NFL RedZone and SportsCenter. But not this year. If Kaepernick is not welcome in the NFL, then the NFL isn’t welcome in my home.

On Sunday I asked my audience to join with me in a protest against those who would shut down a brave citizen who spoke out against the madness that permeates our country right now. They did. Here are the photos. If you think this is just about football, please think again.

#IStandWithKaep


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+19 # Wise woman 2017-09-15 12:53
Once again, thanks Michaela for doing the right thing. If enough people followed your actions, the NFL would pick Colin up in a heartbeat. Money ALWAYS talks - especially in America.
 
 
+19 # thekidde 2017-09-15 13:34
Isn't it odd that in the "land of the free" someone speaks out in support of liberty and justice for all and gets punished for it. NFL "leadership" is vacuous and cowardly.
 
 
+8 # boomerjim 2017-09-15 14:15
Yes,that has been my response as well. But with the concussions issue, I've sworn off football itself as well. And I don't like soccer. But there is a rough sport that I love to watch: rugby. It's more interesting than football, anyway -- but hard to find televised in the U.S.
 
 
+17 # Juanbaltimore 2017-09-15 14:27
Couldn't agree more Michael. I dropped my football package because of this. Even if you don't agree with Kaepernick, his protest was a respectful, non-violent one. He didn't burn the flag or desecrate it in any way. He is by far a better QB than many that replying in the NFL currently. Along as he isn't playing, I won't be supporting the league with my money.
 
 
-40 # chetwood23 2017-09-15 14:39
K offended many by disrespecting the flag. This is the simple reason no one wanted to hire him. People go to a sporting event to get away from their troubles and maybe experience a rare bit of unity with strangers. K would automatically put half the people in the stands in a sour mood just by being there, and would make the football stadium just another example of polarized America. Of course no owner is going to opt for that kind of divisive influence. As for K's gesture being a quiet way to protest, no, it wasn't a quiet way. He imposed his political views on a captive audience; he should have exercised his free speech in such a way that those who were offended could remove themselves. I am not surprised no one would hire him. I would not have hired him were I a team owner. He made his bed. If he has the courage of his convictions, he'll take responsibility for his actions and accept their consequences; and maybe he has, and it's only his supporters who are complaining. As for this being about race, the fact that 70% of players are black kind of proves that not hiring K isn't about race. It's about one man's decision to force politics into the football stadium, where politics has no place.
 
 
+11 # grandlakeguy 2017-09-16 14:58
This post by chetwood23 sounds just like so many right wing slams that I have personally experienced over the past 16 years for utilizing my very public Grand Lake Theater marquee (Google it!) to criticize the President and others in our government and the sorry state of our fake election system.

I have (in their words) "Ruined" the moviegoing experience for them by exercising my free speech rights on the marquee of my theater. They want to view the world through their rose colored glasses and turn a blind eye to our nation's descent into something that has no resemblance to the principles upon which our country was founded.

Bravo to Mr. Kapernick for his brave and principled stance and to Michael Moore for this article!
 
 
+4 # USADUDE 2017-09-16 23:25
I'm going to stop by Grand Lake Theater next time in Oakland. I want to shake your hand Grandlakeguy I used to live near Lake Merit in the late 80s. #Respect

This ugly idea that our sports stadiums should be free of politics I fin utterly disgusting. I have felt for years that this distraction industry that absorbs the minds of tens of millions of people is in fact preventing progressive change in this country. If Americans devoted 10% of the time wasted watching men play boys games towards being informed active citizens of a democracy we could transform this country in many positive ways. But the owners of the country & the teams don't want to see positive changes. They like us distracted and divided. Red team Blue team or Packers v Lions it's just a game on TV these daze. So many sleepwalking through the American Dream. And the beat down goes on.
 
 
+4 # chapdrum 2017-09-17 10:44
And bravo to you, glg, for continuing to use your marquee to help wake the sleepwalkers, especially each September.
 
 
+2 # reiverpacific 2017-09-17 10:51
Quoting chetwood23:
K offended many by disrespecting the flag. This is the simple reason no one wanted to hire him. People go to a sporting event to get away from their troubles and maybe experience a rare bit of unity with strangers. K would automatically put half the people in the stands in a sour mood just by being there, and would make the football stadium just another example of polarized America. Of course no owner is going to opt for that kind of divisive influence. As for K's gesture being a quiet way to protest, no, it wasn't a quiet way. He imposed his political views on a captive audience; he should have exercised his free speech in such a way that those who were offended could remove themselves. I am not surprised no one would hire him. I would not have hired him were I a team owner. He made his bed. If he has the courage of his convictions, he'll take responsibility for his actions and accept their consequences; and maybe he has, and it's only his supporters who are complaining. As for this being about race, the fact that 70% of players are black kind of proves that not hiring K isn't about race. It's about one man's decision to force politics into the football stadium, where politics has no place.

Get real; Politics, sadly I'll grant, is in EVERYTHING, the more high-profile a personality is, the more they are expected to take a stand, Black, White, Red, Yellow orBrown.
The "Flag" is more often than not, wrapped around a faux-patriot for show.
 
 
+17 # REDPILLED 2017-09-15 15:14
I fully support the right of Colin Kaepernick and any other athlete to express his/her view of this racist society, but, even if he gets a place on some team, I will never watch football, even college football, again.

The PBS "Frontline" documentary (based on the book of the same title) "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis", plus the feature film "Concussion" (starring Will Smith) convinced me that football, at all levels, is really "brain mash", as are boxing, and hockey.

When the body is violently jarred, the brain smashes against the inside of the hard skull. Repeated jarrings, even from leg tackles, eventually damage the brain permanently, leading to CTE.
 
 
+4 # USADUDE 2017-09-16 23:30
I'm with you Red. I was a TV sports producer for Fox Sports Net in the 90s. Lost my passion for sports after working in sports TV seeing all the waste of precious time we encouraged with these games of mass distraction and profound physical injury. I'm done. Tennis anyone? Democracy is not a spectator sport. Wake up get off the couch. Get active.
 
 
+16 # Gootarama 2017-09-15 15:30
Michael I'm with your support of Kaep. I'm going cold turkey on a sport I enjoyed for all your correct reasons plus the fact that CTE is taking a terrible toll on these wonderful athletes. Yes they know what they're doing and they're making a lot of money but it's taking a terrible toll. Wait till someone like Brady or Eli start showing symptoms. Then what will the NFL do?
 
 
+17 # markovchhaney 2017-09-15 15:57
With Kaep all the way.
 
 
+15 # diamondmarge7 2017-09-15 15:57
Furthermore, as I've posted elsewhere, Jemele, the lady on ESPN, only spoke the truth. Trump IS a racist. He's also a warmonger, a misogynist, a traitor, a greedy, marcissistic sociopath. AND MORE TO THE POINT: he's a great big fat LIAR. How ironic that the biggeswt liar of them all, wants a truthteller to be fired. I stand w/Colin AND w/Jemele.
 
 
+4 # goodsensecynic 2017-09-15 16:07
I enjoyed watching QBs such as Tobin Rote (once of the Packers, Lions, etc.), Warren Moon (Oilers, Vikings, etc.) and Doug Flutie (Bills, Chargers, etc.).

But I never saw any of them in the NFL.

Instead, I watched them in the far superior Canadian Football League (only 3 downs, no fair catch, and a decent-sized field).

Maybe Kaepernick could find a home in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver. The pay is less and the game is faster ... but it's not a bad place to use your talents.
 
 
+12 # ddd-rrr 2017-09-15 16:08
Well put, Michael Moore, and THANKS!
 
 
+6 # farmgoddess 2017-09-15 16:21
Is there a petition that goes to the NFL? Or a contact info for a letter?
 
 
-6 # loraxt10 2017-09-15 16:41
I'm gonna guess the NFL gets over this tragedy and moves on without Michael.
 
 
+8 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-09-15 17:11
I like the game of football although I know someday it should be banned because of the serious health risks. I respect the players enormously. Their talents and work ethic is about the best there is. Coaches are great, too.

But the owners are a different story. They suck. I think there is some secret agreement among them to ban Kaepernick and to silence all protest against the racist national anthem. The owners are in league with the real forces of fascism in America -- the military, police, billionaire class, corporate sponsors. Why is Antifa not protesting the NFL and its team owners. These are far more dangerous than some beer-bellied KKK loser carrying signs in Charlottesville .
 
 
-1 # USADUDE 2017-09-16 23:38
Spoken like the noncitizen troll I experience you as on other political issues. Antifa, seriously? What about NBA players don't they match up? Or collage athletes who don't get paid and preform at very high levels. You don't live here in USA do you? You aren't of this culture are you? Your syntax and other tells give you away.
 
 
+13 # maverita 2017-09-15 17:22
If I watched football I would join you in your boycott, but the attraction of watching grown men aggressively fight over a ball in order to accomplish nothing of any significance in the world? well it just goes right over my head. Maybe Mr. Kaepernick will find a better use of his time. He is obviously a thinker and a man of conviction. His quiet act of rebellion brought to light to a nasty truth, that our country is still deeply, institutionally , racist. He should have been applauded his courage, not punished. But I find football brutal and boring. Who am I to comment. Colin? The universe will open a way for you, a far more interesting life than you could ever have imagined. Be open to opportunities, even if they are outside football. I can empathize that you have lost your life's center, your dream career. But after living through Harvey and watching Irma, and seeing the forest fires out west... well, it all seems a bit silly. I think the Universe has bigger plans for you young man.
 
 
0 # USADUDE 2017-09-16 23:41
Maverita you speak a power truth. One that's dangerous if understood by the rubes who watch.
 
 
+8 # Jayceecool 2017-09-15 18:12
Good for you, Michael! Me,too...
 
 
-33 # skylinefirepest 2017-09-15 19:13
I really don't care how good Kap is...he is a grown man, adopted by white parents, who makes millions playing a child's game and then is disrespectful to the nation that made him those millions and to the soldiers who fought and died for his freedoms and the right to be stupid. I will still watch the NFL but I won't watch any team that allows these overpaid kids to be disrespectful.
 
 
0 # USADUDE 2017-09-16 23:54
Your cognitively challenged brainwashed undereducated post demonstrates a profound ignorance. Disrespectful is killing black and brown people with impunity abrogating their rights to life and the other liberties we claim. Everyone who died for this country died to allow a brave truth teller like Colin to express his disgust for the hypocrisy of our anthem while unarmed black people are routinely murdered under color of authority. Political expression is our most fundamental right. The sports stadium is no sacred refuge from the ugly reality of modern American injustice. Sky is the voice of someone with an atavistic worldview. Unfortunately shared by too many of his fellow primitive thinkers.
 
 
+7 # revhen 2017-09-15 19:44
Just another racist performance that has emerged full force in the USA since Obama was elected. Note: TV viewer audience down 13% compared to last year. We are sick of this with previous racist-in-chief McConnell superseded by the Trumpster.
 
 
+4 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-09-15 20:48
Precisely correct social analysis.
 
 
-19 # egbegb 2017-09-15 22:34
I wonder where the demographics lie. Moore hates America and Kaepernick hates America and CK demonstrates that on the NFL's platform which depends on all American's loving the NFL. I love America, loved the NFL but no more. I no longer watch NFL games. Attendance at NFL games seems to be saying the same thing. Join with Michael Moore and CK in a shrinking minority of people who hate America.

What percentage of America supports CK's use of the NFL for his own personal platform? Inquiring minds want to know.
 
 
+2 # USADUDE 2017-09-17 00:00
Why does exposing the truths about America as opposed to the myths constitute hate for America? I think the critic loves the county much much more then the brainwashed raw raw my country right or wrong crowd. Because when you love your country and see its not living up to its own ideas and ideals the true patriot calls bullshit on his country and encourages her to evolve and change for the better. That's patriotism not blind loyalty to a lie.
 
 
+10 # elkingo 2017-09-16 01:18
Goddamn the NFL - a racist concussion factory all pursuant to the evils of capitalism, of which it is a great exemplar in so many ways.
 
 
+2 # reo100 2017-09-16 20:30
Thank you Micheal and to all who support this boycott. Shame on the NFL for blacklisting a great professional player who has a Constitutional right to take a knee or sit. Even if you don't agree, not honoring this right is unamerican. The NFL is ok with domestic violence and rape. Take for example Jameis Winston who was signed by the Bucs. In the NFL you have a right to rape, just don't take a knee.
 
 
0 # chapdrum 2017-09-17 10:47
On a peripheral note re pro sports team owners: The owners of the Warriors still owe the city of Oakland for the very large costs of the parade that the city held for the team.
 

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