Masta Ace Calls For A Boycott Until Colin Kaepernick Is Signed
As NFL teams are set to begin their training camps later this month, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and unrestricted free agent Colin Kaepernick has yet to be added to a roster. Many NFL fans, sports media personalities, and celebrities supporting Kaepernick attribute the glaring lack of interest from NFL teams to sign him as due to the controversy surrounding his National Anthem protests at games during the 2016 season. Avid NFL fan and past high school football coach Masta Ace believes that the league has blacklisted Kaepernick. To make his point known, the celebrated Brooklyn MC declared on his Twitter account Wednesday (July 19) that he is canceling his DirectTV “Sunday Ticket” subscription to start a boycott of the TV channel until Kaepernick is signed by a league squad.
In a statement to Ambrosia For Heads, the “Born To Roll” creator said the following, “In light of the fact that it appears Colin Kaepernick is being consciously kept out of the NFL by the league and its owners for his silent, peaceful protest of Police Brutality against people of color in America, I urge every football fan who has DirectTV and subscribes to the NFL Sunday Ticket to cancel that subscription for the upcoming 2017-18 NFL season.” He continued, “Unless Mr. Kaepernick is signed by a team this offseason we will stand united in support of him and intend to affect the NFL’s bottom line.
#CancelForColin” Like many of Kaepernick’s supporters, Ace believes that Kaepernick — a former starting quarterback who helped lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl XLVII appearance in 2013 — should be given a job opportunity with a team if several other quarterbacks with arguably lesser production statistics have been signed.
Kaepernick’s exercising his First Amendment right to free speech inspired a movement across pro, collegiate, and high school sports of kneeling during the Star-Spangled Banner in protest against racially-biased police brutality and various other injustices targeting people of color. That action has caused discourse. Many celebrities, fellow NFL players, coaches, and retired players have since weighed in. One is from former NFL quarterback Michael Vick, who suggested Monday (July 18) on Fox Sports 1’s Speak For Yourself show that Kaepernick should “cut his hair” to be more “presentable.”
Vick stated his conservative opinion about Kaepernick’s plight, “Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct.” He added, “Even if he puts cornrows in there, I don’t think he should represent himself in that way, in terms of just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut, you know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot, a lot of controversy surrounding this issue, and the most important thing he needs to do is just try to be presentable.”
Before the ex-convict Vick clarified his comments, Masta Ace replied to several people in his Mentions who offered their anti-Kaepernick sentiment and his own take on Vick’s quote regarding Kaepernick.
Several other celebrities, rappers, and politicians including Spike Lee, J. Cole, Too Short, Chris Brown, former US President Barack Obama, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have publicly supported Kaepernick.
Masta Ace detailed his first love of football on his latest album The Falling Season in 2016.