The debate is raging online over Sports Illustrated's Photoshopped cover of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell linking arms with Steph Curry and LeBron James.
Both athletes criticized President Trump who called for athletes to be fired or suspended if they kneel during the national anthem.
Many are asking why Colin Kaepernick wasn't on the cover. The simple answer is Kaepernick didn't want to be on the cover. Kaepernick is steering clear of the current controversy Trump and professional athletes.
A published report claims Sports Illustrated's editors reached out to Kaepernick, who asked to be left off the cover.
They say Kaepernick feels the true meaning behind his original protests has been distorted by millionaires acting like jerks because they hate President Trump.
Kaepernick was approached by a Splash News reporter outside a New York City gym on Monday. When asked to comment on the NFL protests, he waved off the reporter, saying, "That's OK... I appreciate the offer, but I'm not doing that today."
Kaepernick, who is currently a free agent, believes the true purpose of the protest has been watered down by attention-seeking, prima donna athletes.
Steph Curry locking arms with Goodell? Where is Colin Kaepernick? They have gentrified his whole movement
— #LiikDidIT (@Obee1ne) September 26, 2017
— Mahr? (@HeyMissNona) September 26, 2017