A Man Wearing a Colin Kaepernick Jersey Was Thrown Out of Trump’s Minneapolis Rally. Here’s What He Says Happened

Saul Eugene, 23, knew he was walking into hostile territory when he attended Thursday night’s Trump rally in Minneapolis wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey. But he never expected to be ejected from the venue.

Trump has very publicly disparaged Kaepernick and other NFL players who’ve knelt during the National Anthem in protest of police violence and racial injustice. Eugene is a self-described “political operative” who says he’s worked for a variety of Democratic politicians in Minnesota. Wearing a Kaepernick jersey, he tells TIME, “was an easy way to send a message, without having to use too many words.”

What, exactly, is that message? “I think it’s strength,” says Eugene in the first interview he’s given about the ejection, which was captured on camera and began to go viral on Friday. Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season, when he began his protest. Earlier on Thursday, Kaepernick’s representatives had released a statement noting that he has been “working out 5 days a week, for 3 years, in preparation to play again,” and lamenting that not a single team has even brought him in for a workout.

“[Kaepernick] essentially gave up his whole career to fight for the things he believed in,” says Eugene. Of Trump, he continued, “we’re talking about a candidate who thrives off of white males who feel that their privilege is being threatened by minorities, women, all of that stuff. A black man willing to use his platform to step up and speak out on a lot of the atrocities that are committed across this country on a regular basis, it scares them. It’s everything they fear. They’re losing their control and their upper hand.”

“I can’t walk around and talk to every Trump supporter and have them feel what I’m saying,” says Eugene. “But there is power in imagery and power in symbols. Kaepernick has become one of those symbols.”

According to Eugene, he wore a jacket over his jersey until arriving at his seat. During one of the speeches at the rally before the President talked, Eugene said he laughed at a point he disagreed with. “I wasn’t laughing any louder than people were cheering,” he says. “Sure, it was audible. But it wasn’t an act of aggression in any way.”

Still, Eugene says a man sitting in the row in front of him turned around to confront him and, he claims, threatened to hit him. Eugene says he winked at the man in response, and said “I dare you.” The man called over a security guard who, at first, declined to kick Eugene out. Then Eugene laughed a few more times; he says the man turned around again, called him names and then made a phone call. Security soon came down again, this time telling Eugene he was “uninvited” from the event.

As he walked out of the arena, Eugene blew kisses. The crowd became to heckle him: someone said “f–k Kaepernick,” according to Eugene, and he said he also heard someone yell the N-word. (Eugene is white.) He says the police who escorted him out were polite and professional, adding that they said they were just following orders.

A Minneapolis Police Department official told TIME that Target Center security had ordered Eugene’s removal; the Target Center did not return a request for comment. TIME reached out to both the White House and the Trump 2020 campaign for comment: the White House referred TIME to the campaign, which did not return the request. Through Twitter, TIME reached out to the man who allegedly confronted Eugene and summoned security. He has yet to provide a comment.

Eugene knows some people will believe he attended for the sole rally of getting kicked out and receiving attention — but he says that wasn’t the case. “They can say what they want,” he says. “I was prepared to be kicked out if that’s what it led to. I was prepared to be very un-liked and show my stance. The thing is, it’s unwavering. It you’re on the right side of history, you’re on the right side of history.”

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Rihanna Says She ‘Absolutely’ Turned Down the Super Bowl in Support of Colin Kaepernick: ‘I Just Couldn’t Be a Sellout’

Rihanna is with Kap.

In a new interview with Vogue, Rih opened up about why she decided to boycott the Super Bowl and the NFL.

Check out an excerpt:

I ask Rihanna if we can discuss politics. “How deep you wanna get?” she says. “However deep you’re willing to go,” I say. She signals that I may proceed, and I ask if it’s true that she turned down the Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. “Absolutely,” she says. “I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”

It’s unclear if Rihanna was aware of pal Jay-Z’s backdoor deal with the league at the time she spoke, but we can’t imagine her opinion suddenly changing without the organization itself changing. And it hasn’t.

Read the rest of Rihanna’s interview where she talks new music (!!!) and more here.

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Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, And NFL Reach Settlement — May Sign With Patriots Or Panthers

It may just be a “win-win” for Colin Kaepernick after settling with the NFL and reports say he may soon sign with the Patriots or Panthers.  Reid recently signed with the Carolina Panthers and the players’ lawyer Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas expect Colin to sign soon.

The men sued the NFL for collusion after they participated in kneeling protests as a way of bringing attention to racial discrimination and police brutality.

The full details of the NFL settlement won’t be revealed through Geragos, but the attorneys did release a statement on their clients’ behalf.

The statement reads as follows:

“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

Though we don’t have facts, estimates say that the settlement could be anywhere between $ 60 and $ 80 million. Needless to say, Kaepernick and Reid should be very happy with their financial settlement as well as their return to the game.

Some believe that with Cam Newton’s shoulder surgery, there’s a good chance of seeing Colin Kaepernick sign with the Panthers. Reid has been picked up for three years, and it seems fitting the two should go to the same team.

There’s no question that this was a huge win for both Kaepernick and Reid and it’s also a bold statement for those who supported Colin in boycotting the SuperBowl earlier in February.

According to Mark Geragos, there is no doubt that Kaepernick wants to play in the NFL again. The win comes at a time that there is great scrutiny on Jussie Smollett and his claim of being victimized in a MAGA racist and homophobic attack.

Civil rights leaders and U.S. politicians showed sympathy with Smollett with some referring to the attack as a modern day lynching. Now there are conflicting reports that Smollett allegedly had his hand in staging and orchestrating the attack.

His attorneys deny those claims.

Kaepernick’s victory comes at a time when the political ice is thin and at any moment it could cave in. Though things have been racially tense for the beginning of the year, Kaepernick’s and Reid’s victories should help the pair move forward with their lives and careers.

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Colin Kaepernick And Eric Reid Settle Case With NFL For Undisclosed Settlement

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After nearly two years of a back and forth battle with the NFL, Colin Kaepernick has settled his lawsuit with the league.

In 2016, in response to the police killings of innocent and unarmed Black men, Kaepernick started kneeling in protest during “The Star Spangled Banner.” The whole thing caused a national discussion on whether his actions were unpatriotic. The NFL instated a rule that forbid players form kneeling during the anthem. (The rule has since been suspended.) The NFL was so perturbed by Kaepnerick’s actions that there were rumblings that they weren’t planning on renewing his contract. He opted out of his contract and filed a collusion case against the league, along with teammate Eric Reid, who also knelt with Kaepernick. Reid stayed on for the 2017 season but they didn’t renew his contact after that season.

Now, two years later, the league has settled the case with Reid and Kaepernick, suggesting that there was a good chance they would lose the case if it had gone to trial.

Kaepernick’s lawyer Mark Geragos released this statement regarding the matter.

While Kaepernick and Reid aren’t speak about the amount of the settlement, NFL officials told columnist Mike Freeman that the number is between $ 60-80 million.

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Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid Settle Collusion Grievance With the NFL: What’s the Significance?

Both Colin Kaepernick and the NFL had incentives to settle the collusion grievance. After losing on summary judgment, the NFL offered a settlement, instead of risking the p.r. disaster. Kaepernick accepted the settlement instead of risking potential scorn from his critics. Also, why this settlement brings new light to the report that Kaepernick requested $ 20 million to play in the AAF.

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Jay Gruden Says Redskins Considering Signing Colin Kaepernick, But Likely Won’t

Good news, Colin Kaepernick fans: Jay Gruden says the Redskins are seriously considering signing the QB!!! Bad news, Colin Kaepernick fans: Jay Gruden says they likely won’t. Just a day after losing their SECOND starting QB in less than a month ……

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49ers sorry for Kaepernick snub

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers are apologizing for initially leaving Colin Kaepernick out of a photo gallery celebrating the team’s history against the Packers. The team posted dozens of photos on its website of past games against the Packers before the teams meet again Monday night without at first including any of Kaepernick. The…
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Martellus Bennett To Kanye West: ‘Don’t Drag Kaepernick Into Your Sh*Thole’

Former NFL tight end Martellus Bennett has joined the chorus of voices who are not here for the nonsensical rants of Kanye West. So he took time to address the troubled rapper and his views on president Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick.

West tweeted Wednesday about contacting the former San Francisco 49er to arrange a meeting with Trump. However, Bennett isn’t feeling it. In fact, he doesn’t like Ye even speaking about the quarterback-turned-activist.

Hear his thoughts about the controversy in the clip above.

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