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    Henry Aaron throws support behind Colin Kaepernick

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Colin Kaepernick addresses the media after a game last October against the Bills in Buffalo.
Colin Kaepernick addresses the media after a game last October against the Bills in Buffalo.

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Baseball great, hall-of-famer Hank Aaron arrives for the dedication ceremony of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Baseball great, hall-of-famer Hank Aaron arrives for the dedication ceremony of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP

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FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, from left, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. What started as a protest against police brutality has mushroomed a year later into a divisive debate over the future of Kaepernick who refused to stand for the national anthem and now faces what his fans see as blackballing for speaking out in a country roiled by racial strife. The once-rising star and Super Bowl quarterback has been unemployed since March, when he opted out of his contract and became a free agent who could sign with any team.
FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, from left, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL

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Members of law enforcement raise their fists during a rally to show support for Colin Kaepernick, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in New York. Kaepernick, the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem. He said it was a protest against oppression of black people.
Members of law enforcement raise their fists during a rally to show support for Colin Kaepernick, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in New York. Kaepernick, the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, became a

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Henry Aaron throws support behind Colin Kaepernick

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Add baseball Hall of Famer Henry Aaron to the growing list of those who think Colin Kaepernick isn’t being dealt with fairly by the NFL.

“I think he’s getting a raw deal,” said the former home run king in a interview with Roland Martin for AllThatTV and posted online at ESPN.com. “I’ve been watching football for a long time, and I think that if you look at all the quarterbacks in the league right now … I don’t think anyone else in the league can do the things he can do.

“I just wish somebody would open up and give him a chance.”

Wednesday’s video was released on the same day at least a dozen groups were expected to protest Kaepernick’s situation outside league headquarters in New York City.

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The former 49ers quarterback remains an unsigned free agent this season. Supporters of Kaepernick believe he is being blackballed by the league after opting to sit and then kneel during the national anthem last season in what he said was a protest intended to bring attention to police brutality and racial inequality in this country.

The NAACP is hoping to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the issue.

On its website, the civil rights organization said NAACP interim president and CEO Derrick Johnson’s letter to Goodell included the following:

“Last season, Mr. Kaepernick chose to exercise his first amendment right by protesting the inequitable treatment of people of color in America. By quietly taking a knee during the national anthem, he was able to shine a light on the many injustices faced by people of color, particularly the issue of police misconduct toward communities of color. As outlined in your office’s public statement, this act of dissent is well within the National Football League’s stated bylaws. Yet, as the NFL season quickly approaches, Mr. Kaepernick has spent an unprecedented amount of time as a free agent, and it is becoming increasingly apparent that this is no sheer coincidence. No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech – to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL’s own regulations.”

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