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Disney Announces Deal With Kaepernick To Create Videos On Race And Social Injustice

Bristol, CT – Colin Kaepernick will be featured in a documentary series put out by The Walt Disney Company.

Disney announced the deal with Kaepernick’s company Ra Vision Media on Monday, according to ESPN.

The partnership between Kaepernick and Disney will tell stories about race and social injustice, ESPN reported.

“I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives,” Kaepernick said in a statement, according to ESPN.

“I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing,” he said.

The first project between Disney and Kaepernick will be a series about the former NFL quarterback’s life, according to CNN. That story will be told via ESPN Films and will cover “Kaepernick’s life and journey from San Francisco 49ers quarterback to civil rights leader,” according to CNN.

“Using extensive new interviews and a vast never-before-seen archive that documents his last five years, Kaepernick will tell his story from his perspective,” Disney said, according to CNN. The company did not say when the series would run.

“During this unprecedented time, The Walt Disney Company remains committed to creating diverse and inclusive content that resonates and matters,” said Bob Iger, Disney’s executive chairman, according to CNN. “Colin’s experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture and race, which will undoubtedly create compelling stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain, and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration.”

Kaepernick has made several statements about police that have cause controversy.

In 2016, he wore socks with cartoon pigs wearing police uniforms and hats.

In 2017, Kaepernick compared police to runaway slave patrols of the 19th century, according to CBS.

Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since he quit in 2016. He was 3-16 in his final 19 starts.

The death of George Floyd has rekindled his chances of making an NFL team.

In June, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged teams to sign Kaepernick, according to ESPN.

At George Floyd’s funeral, Al Sharpton called for the NFL to give Kaepernick a job.

“The head of the NFL said, ‘Yeah, maybe we was wrong. Football players, maybe they did have the right to peacefully protest,'” said Sharpton, according to Sports Illustrated. “Well, don’t apologize. Give Colin Kaepernick a job back.”

Sharpton continued, according to Sports Illustrated: “Don’t come with some empty apology. Take a man’s livelihood. Strip a man down of his talents. And four years later, when the whole world is marching, all of a sudden you go and do a FaceTime, talk about you sorry. Minimizing the value of our lives. You sorry? Then repay the damage you did to the career you stood down, ’cause when Colin took a knee, he took it for the families in this building. And we don’t want an apology. We want him repaired.”

The former professional football player, who was once the league’s second-highest-paid quarterback, claimed when he started kneeling during the National Anthem that it was to protest police brutality against minorities.

Kaepernick then incorporated the flag into his protest. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said at the time.

He later went on to criticize the Betsy Ross Flag and the U.S. killing of a terrorist leader, suggesting it was racist.

Written by
Tom Gantert

Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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