Colin Kaepernick isn’t on an NFL roster and probably never will be again because he took a knee during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality in America. That is a true statement. Pretty hard to argue that fact. All of the Internet screaming and arguing about it begins right there.
People don’t like that he disrespected the flag or the troops or America or whatever. We get that. Personally, I don’t think Kaepernick’s decision to take a knee was the smartest move of all time as it gave people who don’t want to address race issues in this country an incredibly easy window to pivot from police brutality into ‘supporting the troops’ thus completely clouding his original point and leading him into the situation he’s in today: unemployment.
It’s safe to say that NFL executives have zero desire to sign this man. Most GMs are using the excuse that they don’t want him as a distraction and there’s certainly some truth to that. He’s not on an NFL roster and he’s currently the biggest storyline of the season so I understand those fears.
Buuuut most of the Kaepernick talk has shifted from his protest to the simple fact that he’s not on a team sooo signing him to your team would instantly eliminate all of that chatter. Especially since he has already said that he no longer plans on taking a knee during the National Anthem.
Not a greaaat look for the NFL, a league where all of the owners are rich white men and most of the players are black guys. Race is clearly a factor here. I literally read an article this morning about Kaepernick in which the sentences ‘Kaepernick has been lucky’ and ‘he was adopted by a white family’ were written back-to-back. What does Kaepernick have to complain about? He was fortunate enough to be raised by Mr. Drummond.
I should also point out at this point that Kaepernick isn’t that great of a quarterback so it’s not like teams are refusing to sign a star just to prove a point. It’s been well documented that talent outweighs off the field concerns. Ray Lewis murdered a man. People forget that. Michael Vick has an Elephant Graveyard sized backyard full of dogfighting losers and the Philadelphia Eagles had no qualms signing him because he was on the cover of Madden so cue the bird from the Flinstones looking directly into the camera saying ‘eh, it’s a living’.
At the same time, Kaepernick isn’t trash. New York Jets quarterback, Christian Hackenberg, was kicked out of practice a couple of weeks ago because he didn’t know how to break out of the huddle. I’m pretty sure you just say ‘readdyyyy…BREAK’ then clap your hands and Hackenberg can’t do it. Something tells me that Kaepernick can step over that bar set incredibly low.
But here’s the thing everyone is forgetting about this Colin Kaepernick situation.
Colin Kaepernick has been remarkably quiet while his name has been brought up in daily football conversations. Sure, he’s been donating millions to charities and of course, actions speak louder than words. He has become a social activist and he’s truly making positive changes in the world. Salud.
But what if Kaepernick doesn’t actually want to play football anymore? Every single offseason we hear whispers (sometimes shouts) that guys like Johnny Manziel, Tim Tebow and Vince Young want to play in the NFL again. Somewhere in the world, Brett Favre is asking his agent if he got any good offers from the Jaguars yet.
Kaepernick however, hasn’t leaked out any desire to play. He’s not angling for tryouts. He’s not recording Uncle Rico-esque videos of him tossing footballs over them mountains. NFL owners don’t want him in the NFL and it’s time to point out that the feeling might be mutual.
Colin Kaepernick isn’t going to play quarterback in the NFL again and everyone involved seems cool with it.
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