Wisconsin GOP: Colin Kaepernick Too Controversial for Black History Month List

 bleacherreport.com  2/13/2019 3:37:18 AM 
Former NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick is seated on stage during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonies, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Kaepernick is among eight recipients of Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Medals in 2018. Harvard has awarded the medal since 2000 to people whose work has contributed to African and African-American culture. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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The Wisconsin Legislature didn't recognize former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as part of its Black History Month resolution honoring black leaders.

According to Todd Richmond of the Associated Press (via Time), Kaepernick was named in a resolution proposed by the Legislature's black caucus, but the Republican leaders left him off the list because he was too controversial.

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke said he didn't include the football player "for obvious reasons."

Kaepernick became a divisive figure across America after deciding to kneel during the national anthem in protest against racial injustice. He has not been signed by an NFL team in the last two seasons.

Chairman of the Legislature's black caucus, Rep. David Crowley, wanted to list the Wisconsin-born Kaepernick in the resolution because he is "making history."

The Assembly ultimately passed a resolution that didn't feature the former NFL star.

A similar situation occurred during Black History Month last year, with the two parties eventually releasing two separate resolutions honoring notable figures from the state after disagreements over who would be included.

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