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Kaepernick Life to Become NETFLIX Series

Colin Kaepernick’s formative years are becoming a Netflix series.

The athlete and activist is teaming with Ava DuVernay for Colin in Black & White, a scripted limited drama that has been picked up straight to series at the streaming giant.

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The six-episode series will examine Kaepernick’s adolescent life, focusing on his high school years and the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today. Kaepernick will appear as himself as the narrator of the series, which will cast an actor to play the younger version of the star quarterback.

Kaepernick in 2016 protested racial injustice, police brutality and systematic oppression when he kneeled during the national anthem ahead of a San Francisco 49ers game. His act of protest was, at the time, considered polarizing with both NFL officials and fans, eventually drawing the ire of President Trump, who urged team owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem. Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017 and filed a lawsuit against the NFL and its owners, alleging that they colluded to keep him out of the league. He remains a free agent. More recently, in the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minnesota police, Kaepernick has become another face of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Emmy nominee Michael Starrbury will pen the script and serve as exec producer alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick. Starrbury previously teamed with DuVernay on Netflix’s Peabody-winning limited series When They See Us, based on the Central Park 5.

“With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally,” said DuVernay. “Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.”

Per Netflix, the drama was conceived in 2019 and completed the scripts in May. The streamer describes the series as offering an introspective look at Kaepernick’s early life as a Black child growing up with a white adopted family and his journey to become a great quarterback while defining his identity.

“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” said Kaepernick. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

Colin in Black & White is DuVernay’s latest TV series, following When They See Us, OWN’s Queen Sugar and Cherish the Day. The Netflix series falls outside of her overall deal with Warner Bros. TV Group.

“We’re proud to bring Colin’s experience and his creative vision to life as he joins Ava to share his powerful story and message with all our members around the world,” said Cindy Holland, vp originals at Netflix. “It is an unparalleled union of two strong and defining voices coming together to tell the story about what it’s like to be Black in America.”

Kaepernick has been expanding his Hollywood presence of late. In February, he signed a deal with Audible for multiple projects, including the audio version of his forthcoming memoir. He is self-publishing the book, about the life experiences that led him to risk his career by kneeling during the national anthem, via his Kaepernick Publishing banner.

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50 comments

  1. It is only right that this POS would get involved with Obama’s and company. He fits into that class, TRASH.

  2. Well I actually was looking into Netflix this morning, No I know I won’t subscribe, no way now how with this disgusting trouble maker. He is a disrespectful fool

    • Well let see how NETFLIX down in value in the market and how many more people will drop the NETFLIX subscription just they did after the Obama ( ONE BIG ASS MISTAKE AMERICA)S went on NETFLIX

    • I just cancelled Netflix. How absolutely terrible this action is a slap in the face to all my fellow 20 million Veterans and people who love our Country. Shame on the management of Netflix. Anti Fa and BLM is in a cancelling mood. Most Americans should cancel Netflix. Now!

  3. Netflix can do without my subscription!! To Hell With Them!!

  4. HELL NO WOULD NOT WATCH AND WILL STOP WATCHING NETFLIX COMPLETELY
    THEY CAN ALL TO TO HELL TOGETHER. STUPID BUNCH OF IDIOTS, THIS IS WANT YOU WANT RACISM. HE IS THE RACIST AND A DUMB A….

    • Netflix joining in with more insanity. Everyone needs to cancel liberal companies which seem to be anti America and anti law abiding citizens.

    • Right On‼️ Hell kaperjack has had to many concussions in his short career. Hope they know he can’t work at a desk cause he keeps falling out of his chair…. 🤣😂🤣😂. Netflix is following in the lib-rad-dems footsteps of weak knees; nfl, nike now this; they trying so hard to fight President Trump and divide the country. POTUS has and is trying again to build the economy to the best it’s been and here is kaperjack wrecking businesses assisting them in looking at bankruptcy. What Are They Thinking‼️

  5. What a piece of garbage! Including Netflix.

  6. Ramona Persell

    I am GLAD I cancelled Netflix. If this is their content who would want to watch them anyway. This is a travesty. He is an UNGRATEFUL UNLOYAL UNPATRIOTIC scum of a person. He deserves NOTHING. Go kneel at CHURCH and keep your idiotic thoughts and diplomacy out of sports.

  7. I would not watch Colin!!! If he is so upset with America, move!!!

  8. I will be giving up Netflix also I hope he’s parents are interviewed in this series of nonsense. Get a life and a job 😡

  9. We will no longer watch Netflix. This self-absorbed piece of garbage belongs in a tent in the Sahara!

  10. I’ll be getting Rid of Netflix. The over paid creep needs to APOLOGIZE TO TRUE LOVING AMERICANS. his PROTEST AND DIS RESPECT FOR FLAG AND COUNTRY IS APPLING

    • How disrepectful of the human race. America doesn’t need another bottom feeder who cannot appreciate being patriotic
      And living in a free country. I’m proud to be an American! If you don’t like it here then leave! We don’t need you!

  11. Beautiful finally America is getting on the right side of history. A true Hero…

  12. Bob Willardsen

    There is no way I would pay any attention to this trouble causer. If he wants to voice an opinion that is fine but to disrespect our country, our flag, and fuel the trouble that Obama started when Obama proceded to ruin our country. I will not waste my time listening to anything that this piece of scum has done or will do. Netflix needs to promote our country, not try to tear it down with promoting people like Kaepernick.

  13. While it has never been eliminated (and likely won’t ever be) the talk of racism and ranting about it had pretty much gone away until a certain male of undetermined origin ascended to the presidency in 2008. Just another example of the harm he brought to the USA in his 8 years. It is disgusting that C.Kap has acquired millions of dollars and thinks that he has it tough.

  14. was going to subscribe in an attempt to cut the cable cord….going to Roku (sp).

  15. Adios you idiots!!! What is wrong with you?????

  16. looks like netflex & Amazon took the wrong path ??? we can shut you down $$$$$$$$$ !!! look what he did to nike !!

  17. George E LeFebvre

    Never Used Netflix and now I wouldn’t even consider it. Any company, or organization who supports this dirtbag would never be a part of my life.l Retired Veteran

  18. Never had Netflix – now won’t ever allow it in my house!
    What a joke!

  19. A do nothing second rate ball player that only got noticed because he is half black. Who happened to be hyped up by leftist media to make white people feel bad about something?

  20. Netflix joining in with more insanity. Everyone needs to cancel liberal companies which seem to be anti America and anti law abiding citizens.

  21. No Netflix for me! Let the snowflakes have it!

  22. I am Netflix subscriber and do enjoy movies and old TV series that I can see all sessions one after the other But I do not watch these far left shows and series full of LGBQT crap. No I DO NOT ATTACK OR EVEN COMMENT about these folks that are”wired differently” its not my business. BUT I DO NOT WANI TO BE BOMBARDEDE WITH THEIR PROMOTION OF THEIR LIFE STYLE OR THEIR ENCOURAGEMENT OF CHILDFREN TOO YOUNG TO EVEN CONSIDER WHAT CAREERS THEY WANT. I did enjoy the sgtory line of “Grey’s Anotomy” but the consistency of the character mix made it difficult to finish and I now research what series I watch since ! KAPERNICK IS OUT FOR ME I AM A VETERAN LOVE MY COUNTRY AND IT”S FLAG ! ! !

  23. I wouldn’t watch this total trash if it were the only shows on TV. He is and always be total trash. His WHITE parents are real proud of what they brought up!

  24. I am going to terminate my subscription to these fcks. I am tired of their bad series anyway. They always sneak in something deacadent in every series of anything they make.

  25. It is going to be interesting to see ehat happens to pro football. Basketball and basebsll. They better get used to playing in emtpty stadiums durong the covid, because I think that is ehat will happen whwn the covid id over. Nome of the players give a dsmn about tje fans we just pay the bills snd salaries

  26. Sheryl Stephens

    Hooray for Netflix! Kaepernick is a hero and his story should be told. Funny how we interpret the first amendment. A respectful protest like Kaepernick’s is damned but racist statements are ok. Not in my book.

  27. Down with Netflix. They suck! Without law and order you would be terrified.

  28. NETFLIX just joined the UN-AMERICAN, NON-PATRIOT GROUP SO I will be giving them up ASAP! BYE-BYE NETFLIX!

  29. If he’s now working for Netflix then I will cancel Netflix . He’s part of the BS going on right now . Hes a traitor to our country and should be shot down with the rest of the trailors who now became terrorist in our country . Our government turned in to pussys , no back bone , they bend a knee to the terrorists. When did we start dealing with terrorists any where yet alone in our own country . F#ck colin ( or ass hole ) and all that back him . Bunch of trailors to our country . I had to serve so ass holes like this can destroy our country while our government sits by doing nothing . It shames me to have kill for my country , that turns it’s back on me for votes to control . thank the delusional democrats like colin for destroying our citys and country . This is a planed event by the delusional democrats to win the election . This is how low they will go along with the stupid people that follow then . NETFLIX … YOU SUCK !!!!

  30. Netflix and the kneeling man are both of my Christmas list oh and the Obumers also.

  31. ELIZABETH PARKS

    I will not be watching this. This “man” needs to figure out WHEN it is the time and place to protest and when is NOT the time. During the National Anthem is NOT the time. He disrespected ALL the men and women who gave their lives for this country that gave him the right to protest in the first place.

  32. Charlene Landes

    If your trying to make me stop watching NETFLEX you have certainly found the way. The man is a disgrace to his country and can not think for himself just investigate where he gets his info and ideas, it’s from his activist girlfriend a DJ on the radio in LA. I will not watch anything with him in it including the football games he ruined for most of us.

    • Hmm…. How do You think his white Momma and Daddy feel⁉️ They made their poor decision in Life and adopted him; then they spent mega bucks getting educated and respected; another poor decision in life. And this is how kaperjack repays his adoptive parents. Total Disrespect‼️ Kaperjack. No Doubt a true Racists Trash Mate‼️ 👍 🐂💩. Don’t like this Country & 🇺🇸 L E A V E ‼️ 🤡👹. 🙋🏻

  33. POS and netflix are off my list along with the Nigga foot ball league and nascar

  34. I just hope its a VERY SHORT LIKE FOR THAT WORTHLESS NIGGER !

  35. FUCK that half breed fucking nigga

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