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NFL teams considered Colin Kaepernick as starting quarterback material: report

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Civil rights leader and former professional football player Colin Kaepernick was blackballed by National Football League owners after kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, NBC News reported Monday.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports that Kaepernick’s collusion lawsuit against the league has already uncovered evidence.

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“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, internal franchise documents generated as part of the free-agency evaluation process and testimony from witnesses harvested via depositions in the collusion litigation has established that teams viewed Kaepernick as being good enough not simply to be employed by an NFL team, but to be a starting quarterback for an NFL team,” Florio reported.

In April, secret recordings revealed NFL owners feared President Donald Trump would attack them for employing Kaepernick.

The commander-in-chief branded Kaepernick a “son of a b*tch” in a statement that drew a sharp rebuke from the athlete’s mother.

Pro Football Talk’s Florio explained what the collusion case “will conclusively prove.”

“Multiple teams believed that Colin Kaepernick was still good enough to play after becoming a free agent more than a year ago. Which means that, at least as to Kaepernick, the notion that teams make decisions based only on trying to win football games doesn’t hold water,” Florio concluded.

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As evidence mounts that the NFL blackballed the quarterback, Kaepernick has remained focused on his civil rights leadership, for which he has drawn widespread praise.

In December, Beyoncé awarded Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated‘s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for embodying the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy and has used sports as a platform for changing the world.

Last month, Kaepernick was awarded Amnesty International’s top honor, the Ambassador of Conscience Award.

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Things are so bad for Republicans the GOP had to send money to Texas

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In 2016, then-anti-Trump Republican Sen. Linsey Graham proclaimed, "If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed.......and we will deserve it." It seems his prediction is coming closer to fruition.

Financial reporting reveals that the Republican Party was forced to send $1.3 million to ruby-red Texas as the election nears.

It was something spotted by ProPublica developer and ex-reporter Derek Willis Sunday.

"That's never happened before," he tweeted.

He noted that the Texas GOP raised $3.3 million in August, but nearly half of that came from their national parents.

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What the London ‘Blitz’ reveals about how much pain and tragedy people can handle in 2020

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It's hard to imagine how 2020 could possibly get worse. "If we lose Betty White," a friend said on a drive to the Supreme Court to lay flowers.

So many Americans have lost friends or family members to COVID-19. Thousands of Americans survived the virus only to desperately needed organ transplants and forever will struggle to breathe the way they once did. Others are still suffering without smell or taste even three months after having the virus. Millions of Americans are out of work. Debt is stacking up for those trying to survive in the COVID economy. A lack of health insurance can mean hospitalizations from the virus are putting people into bankruptcy.

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Stop trying to convince people you’re right — it will never persuade anyone: expert

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MSNBC host Joshua Johnson noted that this year has been full of strife, with Americans having a lot to stand up about. Whether the slaying of unarmed Black men and police brutality, or healthcare, and the coronavirus, Americans are lining up to protest.

Johnson asked if people try to start tough conversations, how do they keep it productive, and when it's time to give up. In her book, We Need to Talk, Celest Headlee explains tools that people can use to have productive conversations about tough issues that help move the needle.

"Keep in mind that a protest isn't a conversation, right?" she first began. "That's a different kind of communication. The first thing is that our goal in conversations is not always a productive one. In other words, oftentimes, we go into these conversations hoping to change somebody's mind or convince them that they are wrong. You're just never going to accomplish that. There's no evidence. We haven't been able to -- through years and years of research we haven't been able to find evidence that over a conversation somebody said, 'You're right, I was completely wrong.' You've convinced me. So, we have to stop trying to do that. We have to find a new purpose for those conversations."

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