With the NFL season approaching and Colin Kaepernick still unsigned after his decision last year to kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality, some fans have had enough.

On Wednesday evening, hundreds of Kaepernick supporters convened at NFL headquarters in Manhattan to protest the quarterback’s continued unemployment. Organizers estimated that the crowd reached quadruple digits, and reporters spotted celebrities Kurtis Blow and Susan Sarandon in attendance, along with Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad.

According to reports from those in attendance, the protest was passionate but peaceful. Protesters wore Kaepernick shirts passed out by the NAACP and raised their fists during a performance of “Life Every Voice and Sing.”



The whole thing looks like it was a pretty impressive spectacle.





Earlier in the day Wednesday, Major League Baseball legend Hank Aaron said that Kaepernick was getting “a raw deal,” while the NAACP wrote a stern letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in support of Kaepernick.

The protest in New York on Wednesday sends a pretty important message to the NFL and its teams. For nearly a year, Kaepernick’s detractors have threatened to boycott the NFL over league-wide protests, while suggesting that player activism was killing league television ratings. The Kaepernick supporters at NFL headquarters made clear that the league will face backlash not only for employing the quarterback but also for not employing him.

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