A Georgia Democratic congressman said that Colin Kaepernick is a “victim” of the NFL because he "exercised his First Amendment right," according to a report.
Kaepernick’s workout over the weekend didn’t appear to move the needle in either direction for the free agent. He threw passes for about 40 minutes at an Atlanta high school. While an NFL executive told ESPN his arm talent was “elite” and that he “threw the ball well,” Kaepernick left the field without a team and still out of the NFL.
Johnson is curious if the league is abusing the anti-trust exemption to collude to keep players such as Kaepernick from the field. Earlier this year, the NFL paid Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid a nearly $10 million settlement over allegations that owners colluded to keep them from playing on a team.
"It's possible that Congress can do something," Johnson told TMZ Sports. "Congress oversees the anti-trust exemption that we gave the NFL. The NFL is doing quite well with that anti-trust exemption, maybe it's time for us to take a fresh look at it."
Johnson wondered if a Congressional investigation is needed to see if the exemption should be revoked; the exemption allows individual teams to work together as a monopoly to negotiate more lucrative broadcasting deals.
He added: "Maybe (the NFL feels) a little heat about their anti-trust exemption and the fact that the Judiciary Committee stands ready under the leadership of the chair of the anti-trust subcommittee (Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.) to perhaps look at that anti-trust exemption."
In January, Johnson repeatedly compared President Trump to Adolf Hitler during a fiery speech at a Baptist church in Atlanta.
The Atlanta NAACP posted video online of his speech in which he compared the president to the Nazi leader responsible for the killing of 6 million Jews during World War II.
“Much like how Hitler took over the Nazi party, Trump has taken over the Republican Party,” Johnson said.
At another point, Johnson said, “Hitler was accepting of violence towards the achievement of political objectives. Trump encouraged violence against protesters at his rallies.”
In 2010, Johnson famously expressed “fear” during a congressional hearing that Guam could "tip over and capsize" because of overpopulation.