Film director Spike Lee announced Tuesday that he will hold a rally in support of the former 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick at the NFL headquarters in New York City on August 23. Lee tweeted a photo of the flyer that said "United We Stand Rally for Colin Kapernick." The poster had the incorrect spelling of his name.
The rally comes as pro teams are shying away from Kaepernick. Many believe that the former football star has remained unsigned is due to his decision to kneel last season during the national anthem in protest of national police brutality. Seattle Seahawks' wide receiver Doug Baldwin said that NFL owners are attempting to send a message by not signing Kaepernick, according to ESPN.
"My original position was I thought that the situation last year with him taking a knee didn't have anything to do with it. After viewing what's going on, I've got to take that back. I definitely think that the league, the owners are trying to send a message of, 'Stay in between the lines.' It's frustrating because you want to have guys who are willing to speak out about things that they believe in, whether you agree with it or not. But I think that's definitely playing a role now more so than I thought it was going to."
The event is being sponsored in part by the Justice League of New York City and the Empowerment Movement.