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LeBron: Kaepernick is being 'blackballed' by the NFL

SUPPORT: LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick (Photo credit: USATSI/AP)

SPORT STARS continue to rally behind Colin Kaepernick, and this time LeBron James is having his say.

In an interview with ESPN the basketball star said: "I love football, but I'm not part of the NFL. I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing. I do know that.

"Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James added. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

According to ESPN James said he has not been in touch with Kaepernick personally, but has noticed the charitable donations that the 30-year-old has made to back up his cause.

The NFL players' union recently honored Kaepernick as its "Community MVP" for already donating $900,000 of his pledged $1 million goal in the past year to various charities that focus on social development.

Kaepernick signed a six-year, $126 million extension with the Niners in June 2014. He opted out of his contract in March and has been sidelined ever since while more than 40 quarterbacks have received NFL contracts during that time span.

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