Protesters gather outside National Football League headquarters in support of Colin Kaepernick

As for the national anthem protests in the NFL, the Bills halfback says players are entitled to freedom of speech.

McCoy said players like Tom Brady or Odell Beckham Jr. would be worth that type of distraction. He might not make certain teams. "And I feel like if that's the way that a guy wants to show the way he feels about what's going on in the world, then hat's off to im. They're going to be the star of the teams".

Organizers, including CNN contributor Symone Sanders, sent their own letter to Goodell, in which they said (via BuzzFeed), "We will not be silent as the National Football League actively participates in the ostracization of Mr. Kaepernick". "They are engaging critically with the national anthem and this country's articulated ideals; they are consciously observing the reality of our country's current state; and they are using their platforms to publicly hold the country in which they live accountable to the ideals it is supposed to be upholding". "So I just wish somebody would open up and give him a chance to do his thing and say, 'Hey, he's entitled to whatever he did, and let's forget about it'".

"How in the world can we call ourselves the land of the free, the home of the fearless, and you get vilified and criminalized just for speaking your mind?" the Rev. Jamal Bryant said. While his overall numbers may seem strong, it's worth pointing out much of them were accumulated in what has been termed garbage time when the 49ers were far behind.

"It's a lot more than just he's not on the team because he doesn't want to stand for the national anthem", McCoy said, via That chaos that comes along with it, it's a lot. Though the reason an National Football League job hasn't popped up hasn't been found, those in support of him are taking on a larger role to help. I think there's more than that. And also, I mean, dealing with him with a team trying to build together. "That's something that I don't really partake in". "If they're anxious about their bottom line, then I think it's good that we all come out here and affect theirs in another way". And we'll deal with a guy like Michael Vick or LeBron James.

Martin related Kaepernick to Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. "All the way from Charlottesville to Kaepernick, we see that white supremacy is being upheld in this nation, and we must get in front of it and constantly speak against it wherever we see its ugly head pop up". Who knows, had Kaepernick performed more closely to his Super Bowl season if Jim Harbaugh would have ever left.

Vanessa Coleman