Net­flix plans drama se­ries on Kaeper­nick

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Colin Kaeper­nick is join­ing with Emmy-win­ning film­maker Ava DuVer­nay on a Net­flix drama se­ries about the teenage roots of the for­mer NFL player’s ac­tivism.

“Colin in Black & White” will ex­am­ine Kaeper­nick’s high school years to il­lu­mi­nate the ex­pe­ri­ences that shaped his ad­vo­cacy, Net­flix said Mon­day.

“Too of­ten we see race and Black sto­ries por­trayed through a white lens,” Kaeper­nick said in a state­ment. “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.”

Kaeper­nick, born to a white mother and Black fa­ther, was adopted in Wis­con­sin by a white cou­ple who moved to Cal­i­for­nia when he was a child.

In 2016, the 49ers QB be­gan kneel­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them to protest po­lice bru­tal­ity and ra­cial in­equal­ity, draw­ing both sup­port and crit­i­cism, with his de­trac­tors in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. Kaeper­nick be­came a free agent in 2017 but went un­signed.

Writ­ing on the six-episode se­ries was com­pleted in May, the stream­ing ser­vice said. DuVer­nay, writer Michael Star­rbury and Kaeper­nick are the ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Kaeper­nick will ap­pear as him­self as the lim­ited se­ries’ nar­ra­tor.

Fur­ther cast­ing de­tails and a re­lease date were not im­me­di­ately an­nounced.

Kaeper­nick called it an honor to col­lab­o­rate with DuVer­nay, whose cred­its in­clude the award-win­ning “When They See Us,” which dra­ma­tized the Cen­tral Park Five case, and the Os­carnom­i­nated doc­u­men­tary “13th.”

“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,” DuVer­nay said in a state­ment. “Colin’s story has much to say about iden­tity, sports and the en­dur­ing spirit of protest and re­silience.”

Kaeper­nick, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl fol­low­ing the 2012 sea­son, filed a griev­ance against the league in 2017, con­tend­ing teams col­luded to keep him out. The sides reached an undis­closed set­tle­ment in 2019.

The 32-year-old Kaeper­nick wants an op­por­tu­nity to play.

In the af­ter­math of na­tion­wide protests fol­low­ing the death of Ge­orge Floyd, NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell apol­o­gized to play­ers for not lis­ten­ing to them ear­lier and en­cour­aged them to protest peace­fully. Good­ell says he’s en­cour­aged teams to sign Kaeper­nick.

“This young man is tal­ented enough to play in the Na­tional Foot­ball League,” league ex­ec­u­tive Troy Vin­cent said re­cently.


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