Giants' Jaylin Davis vows to use platform after kneeling during anthem

Giants' Jaylin Davis vows to use platform after kneeling during anthem

Last month, a couple of weeks before he was set to report to Giants camp, Jaylin Davis published a powerful blog post on the team's website discussing the racism he had dealt with in baseball and society. Davis is quiet in the clubhouse, for the most part, and he noted that writing the post was difficult. 

"I'm extremely private," he wrote. 

Davis has opened up in recent weeks, and on Monday night he was one of the Giants who took a knee in front of the dugout during the national anthem. It's an image that has been seen across social media in the hours since, even catching the attention of the President, and on Tuesday morning Davis posted to Twitter to explain why it was so important that the Giants take this step:

Giants executives and coaches have encouraged the players to use their voices without any fear of it harming their careers. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who traded for Davis last July, released a statement Monday night supporting his players and coaches.

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Manager Gabe Kapler, who also took a knee, met with the team before the game and delivered a clear message.

"I wanted them to know that they got to make their own decisions and we would respect and support those decisions," Kapler said. "I wanted them to feel safe in speaking up, and so we had these kinds of discussions for the last several days and will continue to have them."

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Steph Curry isn't convinced Black anthem at NFL games solves anything

Steph Curry isn't convinced Black anthem at NFL games solves anything

Steph Curry has turned into much more than just a NBA star. The face of the Warriors used his platform once again as it relates to racial and social injustices. 

The NFL reportedly will play the Black national anthem, "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," prior to "The Star-Spangled Banner" in Week 1. Curry sees that as a blank response to protests around the country. He responded to an Instagram post on the news, saying "Can someone please explain to me how this solves anything?" 

Curry wants real change, not just a mirage of a solution. It's a near guarantee a large number of players will kneel or find some other form of protest during the anthem ahead of games this season. Many players already have said they will do so.

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Curry, 32, has been in support of protests around the world after George Floyd, a Black man, died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day. The two-time NBA MVP joined his wife Ayesha and teammates when Warriors wing Juan Toscano-Anderson held a peaceful rally in Oakland last month.

“Everybody play your role and be consistent with it. This is a real moment of change. Keep each other accountable,” Steph wrote on Instagram after the march.

He also has urged the importance of voting and has been an advocate for women's sports. Curry knows how much his voice means, and he will continue using it for the right causes.

Netflix to produce Colin Kaepernick series, focusing on his teen years

Netflix to produce Colin Kaepernick series, focusing on his teen years

Colin Kaepernick is coming to Netflix.

The streaming service announced Monday the former 49ers quarterback will be the subject of a six-part series produced by star director Ava DuVernay. The series, "Colin in Black and White," will focus on his teenage life and high school experience in Turlock, Calif. as a Black child adopted by a white family. 

Kaepernick will narrate the series, and an actor will play the younger version of himself. He expressed his excitement for the project on Twitter. 

"Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick said in a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years.

"It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

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Kaepernick was a standout student and three-sport athlete at John H. Pitman High School in Turlock. He actually starred more as a pitcher, but decided to play college football at Nevada. The 49ers then selected Kaepernick in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft after he threw for more than 3,000 yards and ran for over 1,200 yards as a senior.

The dual-threat QB led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in his second season. However, he has become an even bigger symbol off the field. Kaepernick became the first athlete to protest racial and social injustices during the national anthem by first sitting, then kneeling, prior to a 2016 preseason game. 

Kaepernick, now 32 years old, has not played a game since the 2016 season, when he had 2,241 passing yards, 16 touchdowns -- 20 total -- and only four interceptions over 11 starts. He opted out of his contract in March 2017 when the 49ers told him they planned to release him. 

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"With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally," DuVernay said in a release. "Colin's story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience."

There is no set release date for the series.