Colin Kaepernick
Seattle councilwoman Kshama Sawant sent a letter to the Seattle Seahawks head coach, general manager and owner urging the team to sign free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant has issued an appeal to the city’s local NFL team: sign the embattled ex-quarterback of the club’s biggest divisional foe, Colin Kaepernick.

Sawant penned a letter, which she sent to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll general manager John Schneider and owner Paul Allen, urging them to sign the free agent former Super Bowl starter.

“I am writing to convey that Colin Kaepernick would be welcome in Seattle, and to encourage you to take the opportunity to sign him as the Seahawks’ backup quarterback,” Sawant said in the letter.

She added in the letter that though she’s no expert in the ways and means of professional football, she adamantly believes no other NFL club has signed the 29-year-old because of backlash over what she called his, “courageous leadership last year against racism, brutality, and discrimination.” Kaepernick was infamously chastised by a large percentage of the nation’s football fans last season for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, action he took to protest against racial inequality and police brutality.

“If that makes other teams wary of signing him, shame on them. In Seattle, we know our communities will only benefit from his activism as well as his talents on the field,” Sawant said in her letter.

Earlier this week, Carroll said the Seahawks were considering signing either Kaepernick or former Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III as the team’s backup quarterback.