Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'legal lynching'

Colin Kaepernick speaks at Annual Bill of Rights Dinner

Kaepernick wasn't signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco.

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"Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation - the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex", Kaepernick said. "The Commissioner has misplaced management of the hemorrhaging league".

The award, given to Kaepernick in an Amsterdam ceremony, is handed out each year to "individuals and groups who speak out for justice", Amnesty says on its website, with an aim to "create debate, encourage public action and raise awareness of human rights issues".

As a result, the National Football League agreed to spend $90m (£64m) on social justice causes over the next seven years.

Amnesty Worldwide Secretary Normal Salil Shetty known as Kaepernick "an athlete who's now well known for his activism due to his refusal to disregard or settle for racial discrimination". "To quote Malcolm X, when he said that he, 'will join in with anyone - I don't care what color you are - as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth, ' I am here to join with you all in this battle against police violence".

Onetime San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid presented Kaepernick with the award during a ceremony in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.


Reid, a safety who now is a free agent, continued Kaepernick's protests by kneeling during the anthem last season.

Kaepernick paid tribute to his buddy for his personal position within the protest motion.

Accepting the award, Kaepernick said: "While taking a knee is a physical display that challenges the merits of who is excluded from the notion of freedom, liberty, and justice for all, the protest is also rooted in a convergence of my moralistic beliefs, and my love for the people". "However I am also pained from the fact that his taking a knee and demonstrating bravery to protect the legal rights of black and brown folks in the usa, has also caused his own ostracization in the National Football League when he could be widely recognized as one of the better competitors from the game and in the prime of his own career".

Reid has stated he'll take a special strategy in 2018.

Previous recipients of the award include former South African President Nelson Mandela and female education campaigner Malala Yousafzai.

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