Kaepernick's initial stance has since opened the door for other players to protest in solidarity with him and his cause, whether by kneeling or supporting teammates who do so.
I ask him why he thinks the NFL is more restrictive than the National Basketball Association, and he points to the structural differences between the sports: specifically, the absence of guaranteed contracts in football.
Kimes then asked Rodgers about that battle - the subject of the free-agent quarterback's choice to protest.
The interview was conducted in July.
The Rodgers interview appears in the September 18th NFL Preview Issue of ESPN the Magazine.
"I think because of his protests, he's not", added the 33-year-old, who is the most high-profile player to offer public support to Kaepernick. But Rodgers clearly gets why Kaepernick isn't playing - because football is more a bidness than a sport, and has been since owners started paying seven, then eight, then nine, then ten figures to buy a team.
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He also gave to the Pentagon the authority to decide the future of openly transgender people already serving. Constitution which guarantees equal protection and due process under the Fifth Amendment.
Like other woke white players such as Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long, Rodgers believes his black colleagues have a legitimate concern and he's trying to better understand what life is like in their shoes. What it is to be pulled over, or profiled, or any number of issues that have happened, that Colin was referencing - or any of my teammates have talked to me about.
Rodgers said he's spoken to teammate Martellus Bennett, an outspoken social activist with his brother, Seattle's Michael Bennett, about social issues.
Colin Kaerpernick became a controversial figure after he started kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games. I always tell kids: Don't be a follower.
"But I know it's a real thing my black teammates have to deal with", Rodgers said.
"I myself will be raising children that don't look like me, and I want to do my part as well to do everything I can to raise them in a better environment than we have right now", he said on August 22.
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