February 08, 2021
While fans were cheering on their favorite football teams in this year's Super Bowl LV, Grammy winner Mariah Carey did something opposite. She honored an ex-football player.
Mariah Carey, one of the best-selling female artists in the music industry, is not falling behind the people who have been raving about the highly-anticipated Super Bowl LV.
Like the football fans, Carey also joined in the celebration. While other fans honored their favorite football teams, the "Always Be My Baby" hitmaker took to Twitter to pay tribute to Colin Kaepernick.
Remembering what Kaepernick had done four years ago, Carey saw it befitting to honor the 33-year-old athlete. The "When You Believe" songstress tweeted:
"Happy Colin Kaepernick Appreciation Day!"
Carey's message was re-tweeted more than 50,00 times and garnered close to 300,000 reactions as of this writing. Many Twitter users were delighted by the iconic singer's post.
The appreciation Carey received from fans was in contrast to 2018 when many fans expressed anger and disappointment at Carey for having a picture with Kaepernick.
"The Meaning of Mariah Carey" author met Kaepernick while promoting her album, "Caution," and expressed in a post that it was an honor meeting him. The Know Your Rights founder reciprocated Carey's gesture.
THE INFAMOUS PROTEST
Kaepernick was a former athlete under the National Football League and represented the 49ers football team for six seasons. He made headlines for protesting twice on the football field in 2016.
Kaepernick ended his career in 2017 after the NFL refused to support his actions.
In August 2016, Kaepernick was spotted sitting on a sideline bench during the national anthem ceremony. What was supposed to be a silent protest made him the subject of discussion on the internet.
The following month, Kaepernick protested again, but this time, he knelt on the ground during the singing of the anthem. The football star aimed to raise awareness for racial inequality and social justice in the country.
The silent gesture caught former President Barack Obama, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and former President Donald Trump's attention. Kaepernick ended his career in 2017 after the NFL refused to support his actions.
However, last year, amid the Black Lives Matter protests, Goodell expressed regret for not listening to Kaepernick. He added that the players were just exercising their right to help address the country's issue.
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