NFL issues statement on police brutality, racial injustice; Twitter blinks in Colin Kaepernick

The NFL got instant feedback — and lots of it — Saturday after it commented on the most recent set of publicized police killings in the United States.

Not surprisingly, the league wound up with heavy doses of Colin Kaepernick in its mentions, with many of the reactions in the vein of “You could have led the fight against police brutality and racial injustice four years ago, but instead you worked against peaceful protesters like Kaepernick.”

First, the league’s statement, which referenced the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery: 

Followed by the Kaepernick responses:

And so on.

Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, voiced support this week for the violent protests over Floyd’s death at the knee of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.

“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick wrote on social media. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.

“We have the right to fight back! Rest in power George Floyd.”

Violent demonstrations had spread across the country through Saturday.

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