Rams “new beginnings” atmosphere threatened by Kaepernick supporters

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 24: Colin Kaepernick
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 24: Colin Kaepernick /

Protesters in support of Colin Kaepernick plan to block traffic this Sunday prior to the game between the Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts. And they do so at their own risk.

If you’re going to the Los Angeles Rams season opener against the Indianapolis Colts at the Coliseum Sunday, then driver beware. In fact, I suggest you may want to leave earlier than originally planned.

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According to the main source, LA WEEKLY, Najee Ali, protest leader and head of the local chapter the National Action Network (founded by Al Sharpton in early 1991) and his group plan to disrupt Rams fans’ new era experience by blocking traffic leading into the game in support of Colin Kaepernick.

"Demonstrators plan to take a knee in the street to block traffic outside Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the Rams gear up for their season opener Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts."

"“We plan on impeding traffic and the fans’ ability to watch the game on time,” [Ali] says. “Without question, there’s no way we can allow the Rams and the NFL to carry on as if this is business as usual. They’ve shown no concern about the killings of people of color nationwide by police.”"

Things could get ugly, and I’m serious. My first reaction alone (which would’ve been edited out if included) was enough to make me take this directly to my fellow MobSquad masses. Judging by the majority of responses, the protesters are in for a long day, and unfortunately, possible harm. Do keep in mind these were mid-week replies, not pre-game tailgate party-enhanced replies.

First, there is frustration. Fans don’t understand why protesters had to choose the Rams game. It’s a northern California matter at the very least. It’s an NFL matter at the most, and should be held at the offices of the NFL. After all, this is the commissioner’s headache, not the fans. Some of these fans also support Kaepernick’s cause, so why punish them?

Second, disinterest. It doesn’t matter to others because nothing will stop them from getting in to view the team they love or the game they’ve paid to see.

And then there’s number three. Supporters of a San Francisco 49ers player (ex or not) makes them the enemy, too. Too put it nicely, what happens on the road to the game stays in the road to the game.

Wow. Imagine you’re a Rams fan and member of this NAN, and in the room when someone suggests this bonehead idea. Your reaction is, “are you nuts?” quickly followed by, “clearly, you know nothing about football fans.”

To read the LA WEEKLY article in its entirety, click here.

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Whether you agree with Kaepernick’s actions, don’t care or despise him now, the long and short of it is that for every one person who was outraged by their perceived disrespectful way he went about taking action, there are several die-hard football fans that have waited for this week since last December. This equates to becoming far worse than Kaepernick’s kneeling in the first place. Let’s hope nobody gets hurt coming between us and our football.