This is a story of a man-child. A man-child who lost his job as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Lost his job, last year, had surgery in the off season to protect a roster bonus, didn’t want to restructure his contract to go to another team and most likely be the starter, and has now decided to pout and sit through the national anthem. Because racism.
Once, Colin Kaepernick was on top of the world. Taking over for Alex Smith and leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl. A pretty impressive performance too, though they eventually lost after a very awkward power outage to begin the second half and the Ravens came storming back for the win. He didn’t get down then. The next year he takes his team to the NFC championship against the Seahawks, where he throws a pick to Richard Sherman to end the game. This would set the tone for the rest of his career.
His career started careening down spiral tighter than anything that ever left his arm. Turnovers piled up and soon he led the 49ers to irrelevance. When Jim Harbaugh departed the team in favor of coaching at the University of Michigan, Kaepernick stomped his feet. Understandable to be upset, the guy who had faith in you just walked away, part because of management, and part because he wanted other things in life. Kaepernick would be supplanted by Blaine Gabbert, as the starter, in 2015 and his woes became even worse. He was no longer the guy who led the team to the Super Bowl in 2013, instead he began acting like a child who just broke his favorite toy and his parents wouldn’t get him another one.
Except, his parents tried to get him another one. The deal between the 49ers and the Broncos was all but done, so what happened? Kaepernick wouldn’t restructure his contract for the Broncos and the deal fell through. I guess the new toy, defending Super Bowl champion toy wasn’t good enough. Begin pre-season 2016 and Kaepernick is still behind Gabbert on the depth chart. Any sane person who has watched football for half a second would say that Gabbert is the better quarterback and deserves to be the starter, but not Kaepernick.
In protest to not being the starter, Kaepernick decided to sit through the national anthem during the third week of the pre-season. If you ask Kaeprnick, he had a different reason for doing it though.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
I call bullshit! A pre-season game is where he decides to take his stand? Pre-season? When the Rams came out 2 years ago with their hands up in support of the lie about Michael Brown in Ferguson, they didn’t sit through the national anthem. They also had the balls to do it during the regular season. So let’s look at this oppression.
Kaepernick, and others who like to claim things about under-representation and oppression, fail to see the irony in his statement. Since black people only make up around 13% of the population, isn’t the 68% in the NFl a little bit of an over-representation, or should that be ignored (hint: yes it should, but because they have earned it, not because of skin color). Though for the media it isn’t good enough as much is made every year about how many minority coaches there are. It is selective outrage at its finest, and it is a false flag being waved in a most ferocious manner.
Kaepernick is pissed about his position on the team and now needs a distraction as to why his play has gone to crap and his attitude has followed or maybe it’s the other way around, no matter. And what better way to get people on your side than to claim you are taking a stand against police brutality. A little late for that don’t you think Colin? BLM started 2 years ago. And maybe you should try it on a bigger stage, like a regular season game. It is a cheap attempt to keep himself relevant, or maybe he is looking beyond the NFL, as this is probably his last season in the league, considering his play has been lackluster and according to his team mates, his attitude has been shit.
Cam Newton was right, America is over racism. Does it still happen? Yes, but America by and large is tired of hearing everybody scream that everything happens because of racism. From Larry Wilmore to Colin Kaepernick, some people just can’t accept that they have declined in their skills, or in Wilmore’s case if they had any at all. Not everything is because of oppression, and the people who play that card are typically on the verge of irrelevance or trying to salvage what is left of their reputation. Kaepernick, knew the outrage would come, and had to come up with something quick. Even if you don’t want to stand for your country, it might serve you better to stand with your team.