Huntsville, Ala. area clergymen have had enough of NFL owners’ reluctance to employ free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the aftermath of his season-long, silent, non-violent protest of police brutality. So, they’re refusing to be entertained by the league’s products.
Thursday, a group of nearly 10 black pastors and Oakwood University president Leslie Pollard announced an “NFL Blackout”, a boycott, or “man-cot” as they referred to it, of the league. Until Kaepernick, who kneeled during the national anthem throughout 2016 as a member of the 49ers, is signed, the men are encouraging other leaders to refrain from watching NFL games, purchasing NFL-licensed paraphernalia and participating in fantasy football.
“I want to be clear. I’m a football fan. I played it most of my life, growing up and there’s rarely a Sunday that I’ve missed in my adult years,” said Deblaire Snell, senior pastor of First Seventh Day Adventist Church. “But there comes a point in time where I’ve got to prioritize my convictions more than my entertainment value.”
Instead, these men will devote themselves to community service, dedicating one to two hours on Sundays for the next 17 weeks to “pouring into” African-American boys and girls, something they’ll do even if Kaepernick gets picked up, and prayer for their community and government officials.
“This protest is not anti-flag because people of color love the stars and stripes,” Pollard said. “It is not anti-American because people of color have loved this country even when this country has not loved us back. And this country is not anti-veteran because we support those who have made sacrifices so that our liberties have been secured. This protest is to ensure the rights of all Americans regardless of color or creed to be heard.”
SOURCE: Sporting News – Nick Birdsong