Colin Kaepernick is making his choice: Activism over the NFL

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Actions have consequences…

Translation: No NFL teams wants to deal with the negative impact of Kaepernick’s toxic opinions.

From Yahoo (by columnist Dan Wetzel): In a flurry of tweets and retweets Monday night, Colin Kaepernick used his sizable social media platform (1.1 million-plus followers) to comment and promote issues concerning police violence involving minorities and the prison-industrial complex, notably the use of inmate labor.

This isn’t new. His Twitter feed is a near daily display of activist messages and arguments. Last weekend he retweeted a couple images that compared modern police officers to slave catchers of the past. To some it was a history lesson. To others who see the many honest and fair members of law enforcement that are trying to build a better future, it was an insult.

Maybe you agree with his posts or maybe you don’t. Maybe they cause you to think about the issue for a second. Maybe you’re bored with anything Kaepernick has to say. This column isn’t about changing any opinions. You can take it up with Kaepernick. He doesn’t seem to mind the debate.

What Kaepernick hasn’t been tweeting about, or speaking about, or granting interviews about is that he remains an unsigned free agent as NFL training camps creep closer and available jobs are being filled. Kaepernick, who once started in a Super Bowl but is most famous for taking a knee during the national anthem last year, is unemployed.

No one says he should replace Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers or even be slotted in as a starter. He is undoubtedly better, however, than some of these third-stringers with camp invites.

As team after team passes him by, the obvious conclusion is that his high-profile political stances have made him, in the minds of NFL decision-makers, a liability greater than the perceived value he would bring to the team. Make no mistake, if Kaepernick completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 38 touchdowns against just 7 interceptions last season (MVP Matt Ryan numbers), he could tweet whatever he wanted. After all, there are plenty of other players who joined him on one knee during the anthem who will be suiting up next season.

When your perceived-negatives outweigh your perceived-positives though, you’re done. This is pretty much how it works in every profession, let alone one as cutthroat as the NFL. Kaepernick completed just 59.2 percent of his passes while starting for a 2-14 team. He’s a back-up at this point. So here we are.

Yet he doesn’t seem to care … or at least care enough to change his behavior in an effort to ease fears from clearly skittish teams who tend to like quiet, compliant back-ups. The simplest advice for Kaepernick if he wants to play in the NFL next season is to just be quiet. He won’t be quiet. He won’t back down.

Whether you agree with his stances, disagree with his stances or find some reasonable and some not, it’s worth offering at least a nod of respect for a guy willing to risk so much for what he believes in. On this, he is putting his money where his mouth is.

(This is in addition to what his website claims is already $700,000 in donations – out of a pledged $1 million – to “organizations in oppressed communities.” Each donation, most to grassroots organizations, is carefully noted.)

If you look at the website kaepernick7.com, other than the jersey number in the domain name, there is very little acknowledgement that he is even a football player – it’s all about his foundation and its “Know Your Rights” campaign. There are links to pro-Kaepernick sports columns under “media,” but that’s about it.

And he’s yet to come out and complain or even comment about how his NFL job hunt is going.

“He is a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said earlier this offseason. Carroll is wrong; it’s pretty easy to imagine that no team will give Kaepernick a chance to play. NFL coaches dread so-called “distractions” and Kaepernick is clearly considered one of those. For different reasons, so are Tim Tebow or Johnny Manziel, although neither of them ever led a team to the Super Bowl.

In Seattle’s case, Carroll said he didn’t sign Kaepernick because his contract demands were more than Seattle could handle for a back-up position … which is also a major factor here.

To say politics isn’t a factor here for at least some teams, though, is disingenuous. You can blame the teams for this or you can agree with it. That’s reality, and Kaepernick is very well aware of that fact.

When he chose to make a political statement by sitting, and later kneeling for the national anthem, he knew that he was creating a major stir. His handling of the attention wasn’t always smooth – he was willing to speak at length and with great passion about his positions and how it did or didn’t effect the San Francisco locker room, but he also struggled with details at times and famously decided to skip out on voting (even for ballot initiatives) last November. Becoming a national activist isn’t easy.

Whatever, he decided to try and so he tried. He decided this was important to him, so he made it important to him. He decided that he couldn’t be silent about what he believes, so he spoke out, presumably well aware of the potential repercussions, like being out of the league at age 29.

And now, faced with reality, he hasn’t changed his course at all. He’s Colin Kaepernick, take him or leave him. (And it appears the NFL is leaving him.)

DCG

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22 responses to “Colin Kaepernick is making his choice: Activism over the NFL

  1. Hadenoughalready

    Frankly, I wouldn’t give a drowning rat’s ass about any sports these days. But to turn it into a political arena is beyond acceptable.
    Either play sports or garner a podium – choose, damn it!

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  2. It is my hope that Americans totally boycott any NFL team that hires this jerk. He is an angry ungrateful thug.

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  3. Kapernick has made a decision. Many have said he made the turn when he hooked up with his girlfriend. I have no idea if they are still together or even married. Frankly, I don’t care. His disrespect of our flag was basically a slap in the face of anyone who put on a uniform and lost their lives to defend his right to make an ass of himself did it for me.
    Just like he made his decision, so did a large majority of the people that follow sports. Many served their country, many have children now serving. His actions did it for them. There are a lot more deserving young men to follow in the sport that have earned the respect of the people.
    It is his right, but his choice of time and place were not the smartest.

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  4. I refuse to listen to a word Buckwheat has to say until he has served 18-24 months in Afghanistan.

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  5. Sharon Tuggle

    What happened to freedom of expression? Political lefties are very angry these days.

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  6. Too bad ESPN’s cutting back now, they’d fall all over themselves to have him making Leftist commentary on-screen otherwise.

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  7. He sports that head full of hair but empty inside, he is so stupid you’d think he learnt anything from the white family that took him in. Hope some soup kitchen hires him so I don’t have to pay his way with my taxes!

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    • Good one Alma- “Hair full but head empty”! What is interesting here is that this half black man is clearly identifying with only his black side and yet has been the recipient of growing up in a white household which no doubt kept him from experiencing what life is really like in those black”oppressed” communities, like gang violence, lying, stealing and generally thuggery. No doubt he is the product of some college indoctrination courses like White privelage.

      One thing I can agree with him on though. Prison labor is not a good thing when corporations hire prison labor for below the going rate of minimum wage. Why ? Because it becomes an incentive to lock people up. It’s a no brainer. And there are LOTS of US corps using prison labor, one such being LL Bean.

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      • The thing you forgot to mention is prison labor out side of the prison walls in VOLUNTARY not forced. These guys work hard to earn the right to do paid labor especially when it gets them out side of those prison walls. If they stayed OUT of prison they could work for full pay. These jobs give them money for extras at the commissary, especially those who have no one willing to put money in their accounts. The USA is the only country that has institutionalized prisoners ( people that can NOT live in society so they keep getting themselves locked up so they don’t have to try to make it on their own)! I use to be in law enforcement. I knew one guy, a bad check writer, that was getting out. He forged two VERY LARGE county checks the day before he got out. He cashed them, rented a very expensive hotel room, not a motel room, and waited till the police came and arrested him. He had committed a non violent crime that got him sent back “HOME”!

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  8. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    As the old Southern saying goes:

    He thinks the sun comes up just to hear him crow..

    On farms all over the world, an extremely cocky rooster might think the sun rises simply because he crows. Similarly, an extremely cocky man might think the same when he speaks – and also that everyone should listen to him.

    As we all know, “his talking is about as useful as tits on a bull.”

    kommonsentsjane

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  9. NFL…Not for long. Couldn’t happen to a nicer asshole. Please forgive my profanity.

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  10. Father, if there’s a war please let it last long enough to draft Colin and send him to the front lines.

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  11. Let him stay on the sidelines lookin” in while others have a job playing ball. He should absolutely stick by his “principles.” The rest of us will stick by our “principles,” that being said, “We don’t want to watch this turkey display such a lack of respect for our flag, for our men and women in uniform, or for the principles which lay behind the formation of this country. Look at all the highly accomplished people of color who have standing in our society . . . what’s up with this turkey neck!

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  12. I wouldn’t even know who this jackass is were it not for a friend’s daughter-in-law naming her Dog after him. (I wonder if she regrets it yet…) He’s a VERY cool dog though-he deserves a better name than that.

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  13. When the police stop you STOP, do not run obey his/her commands! Do not pull out a weapon gun/knife/ iron bar or anything else to attack a police officer and you will not get shot. Police are humans and have as much right to go home safe and uninjured and anyone else. They don’t pick out people to shoot. They stop violators and are sometimes forced to shoot them to save their own lives or the lives of someone else. As far as prison labor,,,,, They should be made to work to offset some of the cost of their incarceration. Prison is NOT a vacation. Don’t break the law and you won’t have to work in a prison. We need to go back to the chain gangs also. Make prison life a little harder and the Recidivism rate would drop drastically! The real problems inflicted on prisoners today are inflicted by other prisoners and their prison codes of not cooperating or talking to the guards. About 99% of prisoners are killed by other prisoners and not the guards! As far as his comparing modern day police to slave catchers, He should read the history of the slave trade. It was the members of other tribes that enslaved their neighbors and sold them to the slave traders. I do not support any kind of slavery, but put the blame where it belongs and not just on white people. Read the story about Anthony Johnson slave owner (BC 1600 – 1670) and John Casor the first legal slave in the USA!

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    • Hadenoughalready

      I agree 100%. Make prison a deterrent, not a “crowbar hotel”, as some would see it. Make it as undesirable as possible without being inhumane. It’s supposed to be a punishment, not an alternative lifestyle, after all.
      Take away all the amenities: TV; the Internet; etc. Make it what it was intended to be – punishment.
      And enact the chain gang rule: one day’s work for one day’s reduction in sentence.
      “Early release” my ass! Work it off or don’t. Nobody cares!

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  14. Freedom of speech = freedom of choice= freedom to choose/recognize consequences, pro and con. He has chosen. Boo Hoo if he is unemployed this year. Boo Hoo to the team that MIGHT break down and give him a “job.” The same people who elected Trump are primarily the same people who watch and support Kaepernick’s sport on TV. This is NOT the yoga or vegan crowd, so on and so forth. (And gee…I might get “dissed” by the yoga and vegan crowd who disavow their allegiance to Kaepernick nonetheless….I surely HOPE SO!!!).

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