Disney Developing a Documentary Series Based on Colin Kaepernick’s Journey from Quarterback to Activist

Colin Kaepernick’s name made headlines in 2016 when he chose not to stand during the national anthem on the fields of the National Football League. Now it seems that ESPN Films is developing a documentary series that will combine scripted and unscripted stories about Kaepernick’s time as a San Francisco 49ers quarterback and civil-rights activist.

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick chose to take a knee during the national anthem. Although it is not a requirement to stand during the playing of the national anthem, he received a lot of backlash from abstaining to do so. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” said Kaepernick.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, this docuseries will bring an important focus towards racial inequality and social justice in the field of sports. Kaepernick will be able to bring an interesting perspective to these issues through the eyes of a professional athlete.

“I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives,” Kaepernick said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing.”

Disney feels Kaepernick’s experience “gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture and race, which will undoubtedly create compelling stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain, and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration,” said Bob Iger, Disney’s executive chairman.

Disney will be releasing more information about this documentary series at a later date. If you can’t wait until then to receive more news regarding some of your favorite ESPN sports, check out the latest NBA news here. Are you looking forward to this series? Let us know in the comment section below!

Source: Variety.com and NFL.com

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Robert
Robert
7 months ago

“Flag that oppresses black people and people of color.” You mean those little green men DO exist after all? Sigh, this is just sad. Why not do a documentary about that Wikileaks guy too? Remember when Disney wasn’t trying to be woke? Good times.
 

Last edited 7 months ago by Robert
Tony
Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Sadly, yes.

John
John
7 months ago
Reply to  Robert

I agree Disney should stay away from politics

Linda
Linda
7 months ago

You have got to be kidding

Tammy Kirk
Tammy Kirk
7 months ago

I really hope they are not doing a documentary on Colin Kaepernick!!! He is no hero if you want to do a documentary do it on some military personnel.

leia
leia
7 months ago

oh good grief, he’s a “has been” enough with this guy already.

Chris
Chris
7 months ago

I can’t wait! ….ha ha, just kidding.

Glennys
Glennys
7 months ago

Nope

Justin M.
Justin M.
7 months ago

Oh please no. He’s a phony. Disney will lose a lot of viewers if this happens. Companies should not get into the political arena.

Frank W.
Frank W.
7 months ago

Of all the sports personalities , why Kaepernick?
Has Disney sunk so low as to produce a film on that guy?
Disney had a backbone at one time, wonder where it went?

Monkeypoopants
Monkeypoopants
7 months ago
Reply to  Frank W.

Oh no! You better start burning all your merch and stop engaging in Disney owned businesses because someone challenged your beliefs. But, support the troops and all that.

Joe S
Joe S
7 months ago

Is he going to discuss his “pig” socks? For shame, Disney.

Br549
7 months ago

You don’t have to believe in your government to be a good American you just have to believe in your country. Stand for the veterans, the flag and your fellow Americans all Americans. Do something after our National Anthem to prove your point but don’t take it out on our veterans please.

Monkeypoopants
Monkeypoopants
7 months ago
Reply to  Br549

Remember when he said “I hate the veterans! That’s why I’m kneeling!”? You don’t? That’s because it only happened in your mind.

Kerri Smart
Kerri Smart
7 months ago

This is very disappointing

Monkeypoopants
Monkeypoopants
7 months ago
Reply to  Kerri Smart

Yes. Seeing so many people have a misinformed world view stuck in the past is disappointing.

TheDon
7 months ago

Pathetic. Glad we didn’t renew our APs. Virtue signaling gets you nowhere.

Pamela Kaskela
Pamela Kaskela
7 months ago

Very disappointed!!! I have no respect for the man!!!

Tony
Tony
7 months ago

I guess Bob didn’t see Kap’s 4th of July tweet. Universal is looking better all the time.

JaM
JaM
7 months ago

““I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives,” Kaepernick said”
 
Wow, just wow. Unbelievable
 

Monkeypoopants
Monkeypoopants
7 months ago
Reply to  JaM

Yes. It is unbelievable that you don’t want to elevate black and brown perspectives.

king
king
7 months ago
Reply to  Monkeypoopants

You elevate yourself with your actions. This guys actions did nothing to be elevated. He made himself look horrific. Everything I have is because I worked hard to get it. You should not just get to be elevated because of the color of your skin. He did everything the wrong way and turned a lot of people of by the way he was doing it. Still troubles me that Disney wants anything to do with this type of person.

Chris
Chris
7 months ago

I wonder if it’ll cover the beginning of his kneeling, when he was just sitting on the bench during the anthem out of laziness and disrespect and everyone was trashing him for it. The protest excuse was a PR move (the greatest of all time) that came out after the fact.

King
King
7 months ago

What is disney doing???? This guy is who you want to link to. You take down parts of rides and change splash mountain…… Man this is not the Disney I love. Have you seen how he had high school football players lye on the ground like they were dead. This is the role model for disney.

Paul Alter
Paul Alter
7 months ago

Now that the NBA and the rest of the country, that isn’t in white denial, has caught up with Colin, I’m really glad to see ESPN/Disney doing this.

Tony
Tony
7 months ago

I wonder what Walt and Roy would have thought about Disney these days.

Last edited 7 months ago by Tony
Tam
Tam
7 months ago

I am all for opinions. I am concerned gullible people won’t do their own due diligence and have conversations with their families. This topic must be discussed openly, with a two way dialogue. Kindness and understanding begins in the home. You may not agree with the messenger for goodness sakes but what about the message? The point is, if you don’t like the change in progress then start BEING the change you truly want to see. It all starts in the heart and the home. We have the freedom to make choices and those choices ALWAYS come with consequences. Are… Read more »