Artifacts from NFL quarterback, ( currently a free agent after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers) Colin Kaepernick’s will make it into Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture before longtime Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, the second African American justice in U.S. history. National anthem protests will reportedly soon be on display at the Black Lives Matter collection .
“The National Museum of African American History and Culture has nearly 40,000 items in our collection,” said Damion Thomas, the museum’s sports curator, to USA Today. “The Colin Kaepernick collection is in line with the museum’s larger collecting efforts to document the varied areas of society that have been impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Items the museum plans to display include game-worn cleats and a game-worn jersey, which Kaepernick wore during his tenure as a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick created a controversy last year when he took a knee during NFL exhibition games to protest police and “people that are oppressed.”
The Baltimore Ravens flirted with the idea of signing Kaepernick as a backup to Joe Flacco. A potential new option for Kaepernick would be the Jacksonville Jaguars, as fans and players have shown frustration with quarterback Blake Bortles. Supporters of Kaepernick believe NFL owners are reluctant to sign the 29-year-old quarterback because of his refusal to stand for the national anthem.
President Trump slammed Kaepernick during a rally in March, saying he was the reason for the player’s free agent status.However, former President Obama defended Kaepernick saying, “he’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement.”