Kevin Gates and Dreka Haynes

Rapper Kevin Gates called out activist Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games in 2016. Kevin, who is pictured with wife Dreka Haynes in June, is best known for his mixtapes including Stranger Than Fiction, By Any Means, and Luca Brasi 2.

The outspoken 32-year-old rapper chastised Kaepernick, who began kneeling after receiving heavy criticism for sitting on the bench during the national anthem in the 2016 NFL season.

"A lot of people are going to look at this fucked up," said Gates during a video he uploaded to Instagram.com.

Gates, who is a devout Muslim along with his wife Dreka, added:

"I love Colin Kaepernick. That’s my brother. I love his beautiful queen Nessa. I love these people with all my heart. He should have never took a knee. We bow for no man under the stars but Allah. He should have stood palms up."

Gates' statement about men standing with palms up rather than bending a knee was probably inspired by civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., who once said, "A man can't ride your back unless it's bent."

Early in the 2016 season, Kaepernick, 30, expressed an interest in being traded after he lost his starting quarterback position to backup QB Blaine Gabbert.

Kaepernick, who was reportedly upset over being benched, chose not to get off the bench during the playing of the national anthem, which led to reporters asking him why he was not standing.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

After public backlash from NFL fans, Kaepernick got off the bench and got down on one knee to protest the anthem during the remainder of the 2016 season.

Kaepernick officially opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the end of the season, making him a free agent for the 2017 NFL season.

But he went unsigned when no NFL team expressed interest in his services.

The rest of the NFL did not show their passion for protesting until President Trump began ranting and raving about Kaepernick and other kneelers on Twitter.com in late 2017.

Trump tweet

In Nov. 2017, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, claiming the league colluded to blackball him over his national anthem protests.

Last week, an arbitrator denied the NFL's request to dismiss the case. The arbitrator decided there was sufficient evidence for the case to go to trial.

Only in America can an employee cause trouble on his job, quit his job, and then file a grievance when no other employer wants to hire him.

Photos by BKGD / BACKGRID, Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

  • therealashland

    Kevin is so ignorant.

  • PhillyFacts

    “Devout Muslims”????where???who???

  • Coy little wink

    She needs to dress him better...those pants are 2 sizes too small ?

  • imright

    this dude has a tattoo of NBA Youngboy. ? sus af

  • the guest

    My husband is not allowed to wear rhinestones or glitter on any clothing or shoes. Kevin's wife lets him wear glittering tennis shoes.

  • R Smith

    How can she...look at her hair! :o)

  • R Smith

    LOL...the fact that they're Louboutins is probably why he's wearing them...issa NO for me!

  • Li-Wright

    I was alright with him doing it one time, but then when it lasted a whole season and into the next season, I said Hell naw! he can hold a press conference after the game and speak his mind. But now it seems the NFL has solved the problem and everybody stay in the club house until it's time to come on field.

  • Fire & Ice

    ???

  • Harley

    Says dude who kicked a woman and just did jail time... says the dude who looks like a 3 year old scribbled on his face

  • Harley

    It's called a silent protest... like do you think in the 60s they only had one sit in? Or one boycott??

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Despite Kevin’s ignorance... I’m with him on not kneeling... how about staying seated.. that’s what Jehovah Witnesses do..

  • Renee26

    I suppose Allah told him is was ok to fornicate with his cousin and kick female fans in the face... Since we're discussing doing the right things in the eyes of God

  • BingBangBoom

    Chile you said that!

  • Rainbowbelow

    Is Colin a Muslim?

  • Logan Roberts

    Yeah let me take sound advice from some hillbilly that married his cousin.

  • Freeriah

    It doesn’t matter what he did. He was wrong of course. But his message is 100% correct. And no Allah doesn’t tell anyone to do unholy things. I guess Jesus told you it was okay to judge your fellow man. That’s only Gods job.

  • Freeriah

    Yes

  • Renee26

    I suppose yo ass can't read either... Carry on

  • Freeriah

    I can read very well ghetto rat

  • Renee26

    Well you sure can't comprehend what you read mf

  • TOO REAL

    Attention seeker

  • Freeriah

    I comprehend very well u piece of garbage

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I understand what he's saying. He's looking at it from a religious standpoint. Taking a knee got more attention though.

  • Prettybrowneyes

    This!

  • Yui
  • FukkFolks2018

    Has Dreka covered up yet Kev? Asking for a friend

  • DeJeri

    So devout Muslims sag their pants, let their wives wear tacky blonde wigs, and engage publicly in toe sukking. Hmmmm. ?

  • dontgetblocked

    I can't go to work and kneel or protest in anyway. There are rules against this behavior because it's a business and we're there to help turn a profit. This fool turned out on his job and now he wants to sue because no one wants to hire him. Sigh! I bet he wishes he'd just sat his below average playing azz on that bench...instead of trying to start a movement.

  • Renee26

    Lol public toe sucking...the new feet washing

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Always have a plan B. It's okay to rock the boat, but if the boat turns over, there better be another boat coming or you better be one hell of a swimmer.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Yuck!

  • Renee26

    ? IJS he pointing fingers not me

  • http://disqus.com/ yoliewinecorporation

    Imo Kevin big fat a&& should be the last to speak on anything the way he kick his fan in the head at his concert. Jerk!!

  • Yui

    I understand, darling. ?

  • Ryan

    Well that went left fast.

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Alls I know is Colin figured out a way to keep his name in ppls mouth and that fat dude looks like he ate Kevin Gates..

  • 90’sBawdy

    A google search will reveal that he is not.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Kelvin gates and his wife are the biggest hypocrites first off a muslim should not be listening to ANY MUSIC WHATS SO EVER! Or wearing any kind of jewelry

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Thing about it now is that he have not played in so long if he do get a short term contract he will not be able to produce and will be kicked off the team... he better try and get a job with ESPN

  • ?? ?ee?? ??

    He’s a moron and probably hasn’t given one red cent to help the community. Not a scholarship, not a donation, nothing. Just a Dummy. There are real lives that are being lost every day. Colin is giving money to help people and by kneeling is bringing awareness to a serious issue that has been ignored. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a2ac4ceec8b6ef002857f7d7b3522dcb838ed73964843ffd026b45678a16374d.jpg

  • Freeriah

    Right

  • MsPam

    We’re people, we like the birds and the bees.
    We’d rather die on our feet,
    Than be living on are knees.

    Say It Loud: I’m black and I’m proud
    James Brown, August 7, 1968

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    You should not have put those pics up because the truth of the matter is black killing each other more and more everyday with no regard

  • MsPam

    Sure do.

  • MsPam

    Preach in your Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. voice. ??????

  • MsPam

    ESPN rather rehire Jamelle Hill back before Colin for a job.

  • MsPam

    Yes Jim Harbaugh covered up Colin’s mediocre skills.

  • Michelle

    I have never seen a more coon of a blogger than Sandra. I swear she on the KKK payroll

  • Michelle

    That’s the problem though. There is no law that says you have to stand for the national anthem. I bet if the victims of school shootings and their families and white peoole decided to take a knee against injustice it wouldn’t even be a topic. It would be “their American God given right”

  • RentEmSpoons

    Kevin Gates is one of those people that loves to hear himself talk.

  • GuestSTAR

    He looks weird, evil. I could've sworn he screwed or married his 1st cousin, something along those lines, so his judgement is questionable at best.

  • Faux Gibbler

    That’s like saying no one can take your serious because of your profile picture.
    You are profoundly stupid.

  • Faux Gibbler

    What ppl fail to realize is Colin K isn’t even a good ball player.

  • Rayne

    IJS... I haven’t seen this type of millennial Muslim since 195NEVAH! ? Muslim wives can wear blonde weave hair now? Times have changed.

  • Rhondalousey

    Preach

  • Notatall

    LOL!

  • OvertheMississippi

    Sorta irrelevant.

  • Jussjess25

    Thats why I cant stand this dude he literally makes me sick. I knew he was disgusting after he kicked that girl in the chest smdh

  • GuestSTAR

    LOL, YES, I can pass judgement and make assumptions about someone whose FACE is tatted up and NO, I wouldn't take that person serious. In fact, I would assume they are 'touched' in the head.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Who is he and why SHOULD we care what he thinks.

  • Soon2BWife

    The Man!!! ??

  • ALLMINE?

    Black folks and "RELIGION".... ?

  • suganspice68

    Whoa! Look at how fat this fool has gotten! Kevin need to shut up and mind his business

  • It’s Real Talk! Period!!

    And slept with his cousin but yes but kissing his dog on IG after she had puppies. ?

  • chaisun

    same crimes are committed at a much larger scale by white people but are rarely charged. if so they statically receive a much lighter sentence. this pic alone is evident of that. close to 50% of Black men are imprisoned for pretty crimes while those same white men are let go.

  • chaisun

    also, you are over 80% more likely to die at the hands of a white "christian" male (which is usually codeword for white supremacist, which means that 98% of white men are christians and 99.9% of your women are) than a Black, Brown, Mexican or Muslim.

  • chaisun

    you do know that the name robert lee is of a former confederate soldier that was pro racism, bigotry and hatred along with other social norms the demonic white community created to subjugate the Black community, right. and you're upping his white supremacy narratives.

  • chaisun

    right, then want to call you a hood rat and for what? lol, hood rat where exactly, for doing and saying what....

  • SweetTEE

    Foh with that fake Muslim rhetoric while he looking like he ate swoles the whole time he was locked up..

  • Crazy tee

    And it was wrong of him to take on that extra cupcake...buts who’s judging ???

  • Freeriah

    Your post doesn’t even make sense. Hit me back with no Ebonics.

  • Renee Bee

    Just nasty.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lol...I actually like menzis who eat extra cup cakes

  • Alextra Ballard

    Wrong?! When Kaep took a "knee" there wasn't nary rule,written or otherwise that he couldn't kneel b4 the game..There is still no rule.

  • Luvn_it

    Don't know how to post videos directly from Twitter so I just had to post the link. Check out @Luvn_it86’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Luvn_it86/status/938476419352494081?s=09

  • Shenanigans1

    JUst like it was wrong of him to kick that chick in her chest for grabbing him at one of his shows.

  • Shenanigans1

    Yeah. He’s stupid

  • She.Is.Not.Ready

    Keeps us obedient and docile. Much easier to steamroll over.

  • JENNYJONES1

    SORRY BUT HER LAST STATEMENT WAS TRUE. I DON'T THINK HE WAS A TOTAL TROUBLE MAKER PER SE BUT HE WAS BRINGING A LOT OF CONTROVERSIAL ATTENTION TO THE NFL AND HE DID QUIT HIS JOB WHEN HE OPTED OUT OF THE LAST YR OF HIS CONTRACT AFTER HE WASN'T EVEN PLAYING SO GREAT THE ENTIRE YR. THERE ARE TOOOOO MANY PEOPLE WANTING A GOOD PAYING JOB ESP IN SPORTS. WHICH IS WHY WHEN A PLAYER GETS HURT AND THE GUY UNDER HIM IS CALLED TO STEP UP THAT PLAYER USUALLY SHOWS OUT B/C THAT'S HIS CHANCE FOR HIS ABILITY TO BE SEEN BY HIS TEAM AND OTHER TEAMS. HE'S JUST TRYING TO GET HIS CHANCE AT A BETTER, BIGGER CONTRACT SO YOU'RE A STRAIGHT FOOL TO OPT OUT OF YOUR CONTRACT WHEN YOU'RE NOT PLAYING GOOD AND YOU'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF CONTROVERSY. THOSE ARE NOT GOOD QUALITIES TO MAKE OTHER OWNERS ASK FOR YOUR SERVICES. THE OWNERS DON'T HAVE TO COLLUDE TO FIGURE OUT NO ONE WANTS THE HEADACHE ESP WHEN AGENT ORANGE ASS AKA THE PRESIDENT IS MAKING IT NATIONAL TREASON ALL OVER TWITTER AND TV. KAP SHOULD'VE PLAYED THE LAST YR OF HIS CONTRACT AND PLAYED GREAT TO MAKE HIS TEAM AND OTHER OWNERS WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE AT HIRING HIM B/C THEY LOVE WINNING AND WOULD'VE FOUND A WAY TO SPIN THE KNEELING AND EVERYTHING ELSE BUT QUITTING WAS STUPID.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    TELL THAT TO THE PEOPLE AND FAMILIES IN CHICAGO OR IN ATLANTA'S BLUFF.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    His skinny jeans are cause for concern. He's looking like the Michelin man in skinny jeans.

    No one can say what dude should or shouldn't do. He felt like kneeling at work so he did.

  • JENNYJONES1

    I AGREE. FORGET VIDEOS OF U THROWING A BALL, HE SHOULD'VE WENT TO ANOTHER LEAGUE TO STAY SHARP AND TO HAVE CURRENT FILM OF HIM COMPETING AND PLAYING WELL..........JENNY JONES!!!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Fake as hell, right.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    So I guess what’s happening in Chicago is all an illusion

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You're not supposed to discuss the black-on-black violence in Chicago. It doesn't fit the Democratic narrative.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    That's what our TVs used to look like back in the day: a piece of furniture. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    God said come as you are.

  • Yui

    Yep and when it broke the new tv went on top.

  • big dick Cheney

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  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    YASSS! ??

  • Shira Harding-James

    I refuse to listen to the likes of Kevin Gates

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    His Muslim wife with the white girl blonde weave and showing her body on Instagram yeah okay

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    Right!!!

  • Liah

    Exactly!

  • Malcom Flex

    Who is this obese Game look-alike??

  • GuestSTAR

    Exactly, what has he done, he has a platform.

  • chaisun

    can you obsessed policing demons go one second without mentioning "chicago", "13%" or "go back to africa". I also guess whats happening in the entire USA from its "establishment" up until this very second is an illusion as well. I guess that 86% opioid usage rate and 99% meth rate is an illusion too hun.

  • chaisun

    of course it doesn't "make sense" because I wasn't referencing you directly demon.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    Kevin and Dreka Gates may be Muslim but devout is a bit of a stretch. I know muslimas who wont show their legs much less their bikini line. *blankstareDrekaGates Anywho he wasn't saying he didn't agree with WHY CK was kneeling just that he shouldn't have been kneeling.

  • ItsMeIvory

    Says the man who kicks women ?????

  • Marlika

    ??????????????Kevin gates with his Ignant ass!!!

  • Faithz

    Yes??

  • Faithz

    My thoughts exactly, and Trump hates all Musilns
    Somebody need to tell his Fat as ?

  • Faithz

    Me as too?

  • Faithz

    Thank You ?

  • Faithz

    Exactly

  • Faithz

    Trump gives Putin more Respect than he give His own FBI
    Intelligent Community Dept Of Justice and this Joker didn’t have Jack to say He need to shut his ?as all the way up Dang ?

  • Faithz

    Not Jack ?

  • Faithz

    You did good?

  • Faithz

    My mind have not been able to understand why
    Trump said he asked Putin was he Meddling in our election Putin said no and Trump believes Him ?

  • Jussjess25

    Hes really a psycho

  • Mrs.Meenie

    Kevin Gates is a walking contradiction

  • Michelle

    So basically you’re telling him he should’ve sold out for a check? What he was dealing with off the field is why he opted out of his contract. If you were contracted to do a job but bexiase of your personal beliefs you started catching backlash, bias and unfair treatment and cold shoulders from your racist “employer” would you keep working for them? Some people don’t mind being a jiggaboo for a check and some do?????

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    I guess you think only whites are dying from opioids

  • Hummingbird_225

    Yea that kick is what did it for me. Never was a fan of his but after i saw that i had no interest in listening to any of his music.

  • PROPHETMAJOR

    Malcolm X would never!

  • Freeriah

    Your mothers a demon

  • sunni_daze

    He's trash so his opinon and comments mean nothing

  • Reina1718

    I hate when these men follow sum but not all the “rules” smh

  • Reina1718

    Rite lol

  • Lanegra??

    He really is... smh.

  • Banka

    Says the guy that was screwing his cousin.... Why would anyone listen to this dude.!!!

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    This man admitted to getting it in with his family member... kicked a woman in the chest... and was just kissing his dog with an open mouth...I dont believe any of the proverbial shit he says out this mouth...

  • Trace da Ace

    Damn....is that you Kevin???? Damn....you have chunked up a bit...but anyways....all Colin was doing was silent protesting...what he did has not hurt anybody, he was expressing himself...that is still a constitutional right, ain't it???

    Meanwhile...Kevin has been in jail so many times for shit...including violence against a female (never forget)......but wants to speak out on something that was not violent at all....boy..please have several seats....and a tall glass of Dick Gregory......you have no leg to stand on, much less speak on somebody else.

    ps....wasn't Kevin the one admitting to sleeping with one of his female cousins...and even when he found out she was his cousin...he STILL kept sleeping with her??? yeah...marinate on that for few....

  • Candance

    Kevin needs to figure out how to answer those two phones.... shut up!

  • Luvn_it

    Thanks wasn't sure I did it right.?

  • Jay

    hmmm...he made it to the superbowl. How many QB can say that.The Bills are starting Nathan Petermam...he threw 5 interceptions in one half of a game. Colin has NEVER done that. So good ball player is very subjective.

  • Jay

    A man that stabbed another man, kicked a woman in the chest and made some about two phones is not the right person to tell Colin what to do...#IJS

  • Decked Out

    ....and you not JUDGING?

  • Applebootay

    best known for his mixtapes...............Fvck Boy Bye!

  • Applebootay

    He shouldn't have said SHAT! Now Colin has a NIKE DEALLLL--HI HATERS!

  • SunRiseBlossom

    People will do or say anything to be relevant #smh

  • Freeriah

    No I’m not. I’m stating the facts

  • MRiGOThim

    Isn't there a video of Gates bowing to some nigga off the street that he had beef with to tell him he comes in peace???? GTFOH I'm tired of this lesbian :P

  • Jussjess25

    Me either ! He makes me sick