As Canadians geared up to watch the 55th Super Bowl, Liberal MP William Amos tweeted that the real “story of the season” was former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaerpernick is a free agent who hasn’t played on an NFL team since 2016, the year he made headlines for taking a knee during the US national anthem to protest anti-black racism.
Amos suggested Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes are part of a “cultural moment,” alongside the halftime performance by Canadian-born rapper The Weeknd, but added that Kaepernick’s spat with the NFL remains the real story.
“Where is the justice in him not being reintegrated?,” Amos asked.
Last year, Kaepernick published an essay calling for the abolition of police and prisons.
Kaepernick has filed legal action against the NFL alleging the league’s leaders colluded to keep him off the field due to his political views. He was given a private league-wide try out with all 32 NFL teams in 2019, but at the last minute he cancelled the session and held a public tryout at a nearby high school.
Kaepernick has yet to be signed by any team since leaving the 49ers.
On Sunday, Brady won his record-breaking seventh Super Bowl ring after the Buccaneers crushed the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.