Spike Lee is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker who has directed critically acclaimed films such as Malcolm X and BlackKkKlansman, which address complicated racial and societal issues. Through 2016, Kaepernick, 34, was a member of the San Francisco 49ers for portions of six seasons.
Colin Kaepernick, a civil rights activist and former NFL quarterback, said on Twitter this week that he’s grateful to work with the icon Spike Lee on a forthcoming docuseries that will tell his story from his perspective.
I’m grateful to be able to work with the legend Spike Lee on my docu-series. Thank you @jemelehill for being a part of our incredible team. It’s time for the narrative to be corrected.
He is best known for his activism both on and off the field, including kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality, a controversial gesture that some, including Kaepernick, think led to his expulsion from the NFL.
In 2017, Kaepernick’s protest prompted a slew of other NFL players and athletes from other sports to take similar stands. On September 24 of that year, a full Sunday slate of NFL games saw over 200 players kneel in protest or sit out of the game, bringing the movement to a peak.
Kaepernick became a free agent after his final season with the 49ers. However, no other teams signed or picked him up, and he has not played NFL football since. Many NFL analysts speculated at the time that Kaepernick’s difficulty to find a new team was related to blowback from his demonstrations.
Despite this, several NFL coaches are said to still consider him a starter quarterback behind closed doors. Due to his outspoken character, Kaepernick launched a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming that team owners were colluding to prevent him from signing with another team. He eventually reached a settlement with the league in 2019 for an undisclosed sum.
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