CHICAGO (CBS) – Fans of free agent – and unemployed — NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick are trying to put some pressure on the league.
And some of them are in Chicago, CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos reports.
Children with the Black Star Project on the South Side are sticking up for Kaepernick by sending letters to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Phil Jackson, who heads the project, believes Kaepernick’s jobless status has everything to do with his decision to kneel during the national anthem last season in protest of police-involved shootings in which black men were killed.
Bar owner Kenny Johnson agrees.
“It’s clear that he doesn’t have a job because of what he did and the stance he took,” he says.
His Bureau Bar and Velvet Lounge in the South Loop won’t show NFL games until Kaepernick is signed.
“This is the way I want to support Colin Kaepernick,” Johnson says.
His protest comes one day after more than 1,000 people rallied for Kaepernick outside NFL headquarters in New York City.
“I’m a father, I’m a husband, I’m a business owner,” Johnson says. “I want to make sure my kids understand they can stand up for something.”
If he does lose business, Johnson says he’ll get creative and come up with new ways to make money on NFL Sundays.
Goodell disagrees Kaepernick is being shunned by teams because of his political stance.