Say what you want about Colin Kaepernick as a football player or a citizen activist. Call him what you want -- as long as it's not "retired." That's why his girlfriend, Nessa Diab, was particularly enraged by something she saw on NFL.com this week.
Kaepernick still has a player profile on the site, as he should. But instead of listing him correctly as a free agent, the league's official site described him with the r-word.
Folks, Kap never chose to walk away from the game, and Nessa is more than ready to remind every last person of this fact. The former 49ers quarterback hasn't played since the end of the 2016 season, but as a duly eligible free agent, teams are free to sign him at their discretion.
Luckily, the NFL pulled itself together and has since issued a badly-needed update. Kaepernick is no longer designated as a retired player in their official online materials.
The indignity that comes with being frozen out of the league for taking peaceful public stances against police brutality against historically oppressed classes of people remains. The NFL and literally every single one of its owners has made this bed and are content sleeping in it. But let's not add an insulting layer of absurdity to the whole narrative by acting like this guy quit the game.