King is a diehard football fan and NFL season pass customer who has until now "religiously" watched every single game. "It's an escape for me," he wrote on Tuesday. "Day in and day out, as I fight against injustice, watching a great game allows me to decompress from the stress of the cases I'm working on or writing about." He'll need to find a new outlet for his stress this year, all because Kaepernick offended millions of veterans, police officers and patriots by refusing to stand for the national anthem last season.
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But I won't be watching the NFL this year. I can't, in good conscience, support this league, with many of its pro-Trump owners, as it blacklists my friend and brother Colin Kaepernick for taking a silent, peaceful stance against injustice and police brutality in America. It's disgusting and has absolutely nothing to do with football and everything to do with penalizing a brilliant young man for the principled stance he took last season.