OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Kenny Stills needs to know why extra athletes aren’t standing with Colin Kaepernick.
The Miami Dolphins receiver has restated his questions from a collection of tweets Tuesday questioning the help throughout sports activities for Kaepernick, the previous 49ers quarterback at present out of soccer after his protests through the nationwide anthem final season.
“I simply really feel just like the league, it is majority African-American, and you’d assume extra individuals would come to have considered one of our guys’ again,” Stills stated Wednesday.
“We speak concerning the NFL being a brotherhood,” Stills added. “They provide us this presentation yearly concerning the NFL being a brotherhood, and (if) one thing fallacious is occurring to certainly one of your brothers, I really feel like we ought to be there to have his again and converse up for him.”
Stills spoke after follow in Oxnard, the place the Dolphins are spending the week forward of Sunday’s recreation towards the Los Angeles Chargers. They traveled to the West Coast early as a result of Hurricane Irma’s devastation of South Florida.
Kaepernick spoke up towards police abuses and racial injustices final season, sparking many gamers to hitch him in activism. These gamers included Stills, who knelt in the course of the nationwide anthem together with three teammates.
Stills had beforehand stated he will not take a knee this yr, however stated Wednesday that he may re-consider his plans.
“It is undoubtedly one thing that I considered, however I proceed to assume that the protest has been actually divisive,” stated Stills, who grew up in San Diego earlier than attending Oklahoma. “I am making an attempt to do all the things I can to get individuals on the identical web page. … I actually need to deliver individuals collectively, and I am open to having conversations with individuals and making an attempt and getting all of us on the identical web page.”
These aren’t simply postures to Stills, who has participated in public conferences with police and brought experience-alongside excursions in an effort to seek out widespread floor. He’s additionally a key contributor to the Dolphins’ offense with forty two catches for 726 yards and a staff-main 9 TDs final season. Stills is predicted to start out for Miami this yr after getting a 4-yr, $32 million contract extension in March.
Stills’ tweets Tuesday started with a collection of questions, which he stated have been directed notably at fellow athletes: “Why aren’t extra gamers talking up or protesting? Do you not consider there’s an issue? Do you not consider you’ll be able to create change? Are you apprehensive about sponsors or your contract? Do you not…