J. Cole is praising Colin Kaepernick and hopes he can one day return to the NFL.
In a post on his Instagram, the North Carolina rapper wants to watch the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback play professionally. Kaep, who is set to be the subject of a Spike Lee documentary, was allegedly blackballed from the league after kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice and police brutality.
He’s been a free agent since being cut from the Niners in 2017.
“’Y’all musta forgot’ in my @royjonesjrofficial voice,” Cole captioned a photo of Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem. “Imagine 5 straight years spent waking up every day to train at 5am, staying ready in hopes that some team would reach out with an opportunity, no matter how impossible that sounded most days. He probably finishing up today’s workout as I type this right now. I see you bro, and I know God is with you. I pray the day soon comes when you get to play the game you love at the highest level again. I believe. And I haven’t forgot. RESPECT.”
Kaep shared Cole’s post on his Instagram Story, replying: “Respect to the legend, and one of the greatest to ever do it! I appreciate you having my back brother!”