CNN's Ben Ferguson questions whether protesting NFL players "are even registered to vote"
Ferguson: “How many of the guys kneeling went out there and mentored young African-Americans … are even registered to vote?”
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From the August 22 edition of CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin:
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BEN FERGUSON: But let's be clear. Colin Kaepernick is not playing in the NFL right now because Colin Kaepernick lost a whole lot more at the end of his career than he won. I do not believe that it's because of his protest. If Colin Kaepernick would have won more games, he would be on an NFL team right now.
Now, the second point about the protest, this is my whole thing. How many of the guys that were kneeling last night were involved in the off-season in any type of protest at the local or state level? How many of the guys kneeling went out there and mentored young African-American men in their community in the off-season? How many of them got involved in politics at all in the off-season? In fact, how many of them are even registered to vote or voted in the last election? All the guys last night that were there, that were kneeling.
I have no problem with them -- it is absolutely their right. I'm not saying it's not their right. But this is my point. I think that if you actually do things in the off-season and you actually are registered to vote and you actually get involved --
Wait, let me finish. Then I think you're legit and I can respect the idea that you're kneeling during this national anthem. I may not agree with it, but I can respect you. But what I don't like is hypocrisy. What I don't like is when I see players that say, "Oh, this is the new cool thing to do, and I'm going to walk over there and kneel, too, so I'll get some free press out there."