Early into Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem as a stance against racism and violence in America, NFL legends Ray Lewis and Jerry Rice were among the athletes who blasted the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback.
Well, in the aftermath of Terence Crutcher, another unarmed Black man shot and killed by police last week, comedian D.L. Hughley is wondering why those NFL legends, ex-NFL star safety Rodney Harrison and outspoken sports personality Jason Whitlock, aren't as irate about the murdered man in Tulsa as they were about the 49ers' QB.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, the social media accounts of Harrison, Lewis and Rice didn't have any comments about the graphic shooting death of Crutcher.
However, Whitlock and Hughley did engage in a Twitter exchange Monday.
In response to Hughley's video, Whitlock said:
From there, they traded these jabs:
Hughley's strong words for the former NFL players comes after Rice, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, first criticized Kaepernick's stance.
Harrison followed by blasting Kaepernick for his stance, reasoning that he's "not Black," before apologizing and stating that he didn't know the 28-year-old is mixed.
Lewis followed with a lengthy rant on FS1's Undisputed earlier this month.
“My only advice to Colin Kaepernick is this: Listen, I understand what you’re trying to do. But understand, take the flag out of it,” Lewis said. "I have uncles, I got brothers who walked out my house going into the military that said, 'I will never see you again.' To understand that, I will always respect that part of what our patriotism should be, right?"
He added: "And that's the side that I think if Colin really just steps back because ... to affect change, to affect true change of what he's trying to say ... if you don't have a real solution, if you ain't seen as a true activist to go into these hoods and do these things on a daily basis and not just jump up and just protest off this one thing because you're sick of it ... we've been sick of racism for 400-plus years!"
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