Colin Kaepernick and filmmaker Ava DuVernay are collaborating on a scripted Netflix series about the quarterback’s high school years.
The six-episode series will examine Kaepernick’s adolescent life, focusing on his high school years and the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today.
Joe Otterson of Variety says the show “will provide a look at Kaepernick’s early life as a Black child growing up with a white adopted family and his journey to become a great quarterback while defining his identity. The series will also explore what led him to become a civil rights advocate.”
Kaepernick, who will narrate the show, spoke about the project in a statement:
“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens. 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.”
It was back in 2016 when Kaepernick became a national topic of discussion after he kneeled during the National Anthem as a way to protest police brutality and social injustices towards minorities.
Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017 and filed a lawsuit against the NFL and its owners, alleging that they colluded to keep him out of the league.
While he remains a free agent in 2020, there has been wide speculation that he is going to be welcomed back for the upcoming season.