NYPD Sgt. Edwin Raymond believes he isn’t getting a promotion because he is a  Colin Kaepernick supporter.

Raymond told the New York Daily News he believed that holding a press conference to support the former quarterback’s stance on police violence was the reason he was not promoted, despite scoring number 26 out of 1,325 sergeants on the lieutenants’ test. NYPD claimed his promotion was halted due to allegations filed by cops in his command regarding his handling of two domestic violence complaints. However, Raymond believes these allegations are just an excuse not to fix the underlying issue of racism in the department.

“It is unfortunate. I did a press conference in support of Colin Kaepernick, using his status to put a spotlight on issues in policing that need to be fixed,” Raymond told the newspaper. “Because of the controversy, a lot of cops criticized him. Me being aligned with him was seen as standing with the enemy.”

“The department takes domestic violence very seriously and is obligated to look at these incidents,” a senior police official said.

But Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, believes that this is just a case of retaliation against Raymond.

“Decisions are made on the sly, and there are people who have pending charges and still get promoted, and others whose promotions are held back for reasons that are never explained,” Mullins said. “If this doesn’t appear to be retaliation, then I don’t know what is.”

It’s unfortunate that Raymond isn’t getting the promotion that he wants. It’s a constant reminder that of the double standard of taking a stand on what you believe in, could have ramifications towards those in charge.

They are not happy with me,” Raymond continued. “I don’t enjoy having to speak out, but it’s historically what makes the department budge.”