- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Film director Spike Lee announced Tuesday that a rally in support of free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be held this month at the NFL headquarters in New York City.

The “Do the Right Thing” director shared a flier on Twitter Tuesday morning announcing a “United We Stand” rally at 345 Park Avenue on Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. The flier had Mr. Kaepernick’s last name misspelled as “Kapernick.”

Mr. Lee later specified that he is not the one hosting the event, “However I Still Support My Brother And His Stance On The Injustices In The USA,” he wrote.

Mr. Kaepernick, a former 49ers quarterback who has yet to sign with another team, became a prominent face of the Black Lives Matter movement after he started kneeling on the field during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in America. Many of Mr. Kaepernick’s supporters believe he is being purposely blackballed by the NFL because of his stance on social issues.

Mr. Lee has spoken out about Mr. Kaepernick’s treatment by the NFL in the past. In March, he wrote that the former quarterback’s continued unemployment “Smells MAD Fishy.”

“Crazy Times We Live In,” he wrote on Instagram. “What Crime Has Colin Committed? Look At The QB’s Of All 32 Teams. This Is Some Straight Up Shenanigans, Subterfuge, Skullduggery And BS.”

Organizations behind the Aug. 23 rally include The People’s Consortium for Human and Civil Rights, Inc. and Justice League NYC.

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