Count Alabama A&M head coach James Spady among the millions who have had it with the National Football League.
During his appearance on the SWAC weekly teleconference Monday, Spady said he’s “not interested in the NFL and won’t be until it changes some things” when asked whether he pays attention to the league.
When asked to explain his reasoning, Spady bluntly said he would not watch the NFL “until Colin Kaepernick gets a job.”
The free-agent quarterback is currently not on an NFL roster, which many believe is a result him choosing to engage in demonstrations during the national anthem last season in protest of racial and social injustices that impact minorities.
On Sunday, Kaepernick filed a grievance against he NFL claiming that teams intentionally colluded to keep him out of the league.
“As a college football team, we are in the locker room when the national anthem is played,” said Spady. “I’m on record saying that I believe in the flag and what it stands for. But, I also believe what Colin was protesting, and what those other players were protesting — it had nothing to do with the flag. And at the end of the day, until we hurry up and recognize why they were protesting, then this thing is going to get out of hand.”
Spady is the latest HBCU coach to express his support for Kaepernick and NFL players actively protesting during the national anthem.
North Carolina A&T head coach Rod Broadway said in a recent interview that he would “stand right there with them” if his players decided to participate in some sort of demonstration to raise awareness to social inequality.
“It’s about equal rights for black young men and unjust killings of unarmed black Americans,” Broadway said.