Suddenly, Colin Kaepernick is the darling of the sports world. NFL players and coaches as well as other athletes are heaping the praise on the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback. Kaepernick kneeled before several NFL games to protest police brutality. Many felt his actions were disrespectful to the American flag. After all, what does the flag of the United States and the Star-Spangled banner have to do with police brutality and race relations? Some shied away after his controversial actions. Now they are all on Team Colin.
After the horrible death of George Floyd in Minnesota, Kaepernick has made headlines again. This time around he seems to be universally loved by just about everyone in the world of sports, politics, and entertainment. At least everyone on the left.
The love for Kaepernick shouldn’t come as a surprise. These are the same players and coaches that welcomed dog killer Mike Vick back to the league with open arms. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan called Kaepernick ‘misunderstood’. Twitter head honcho Jack Dorsey gave $3-million to Kaepernick’s ‘social justice group’. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll contends we owe a “tremendous amount” to Kaepernick. Former Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart said “Now is the moment (for a team) to sign (Colin) Kaepernick.”
Meantime, Kaepernick has pledged to pay legal funds for those rioting and burning down cities, calling them “freedom fighters”. Kaepernick also tweeted ‘”revolting is the only logical reaction”.
So, essentially, NFL coaches and players plus countless others in entertainment and business are praising a man that is unapologetically pro-riot.
George Floyd’s family has been very clear about where they stand. While grieving after the loss of their beloved George, the family is still calling for peaceful protests, not violence.
But while the Floyds are taking a Martin Luther King Jr.-type approach, Kaepernick is all for burning things down, and by proxy so are his NFL pals.
Indianapolis Colts GM Chris Ballard and Chicago Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks both expressed dismay in the failure of NFL teams to sign Kaepernick since he left the league after the 2016 season. Hicks went even as far as to throw former Bears signal-caller Mike Glennon under the bus to make a comparison with Kaepernick. Interestingly enough, Glennon is a conservative. We’ll never know if Hicks would have made those comments if the quarterback were a liberal. Chicago and the league has employed plenty of former QBs that were busts. Hicks had quite a list to choose from. It’s interesting that he went the Glennon route.
National Football League players almost unanimously blasted Drew Brees this week simply because he expressed his support and love of the American flag. Now they all seem to be a tight-knit bunch when it comes to Kaepernick.
The Floyd killing is awful. The officers responsible need to pay the price. Does that incident in Minnesota in May cancel out Kaepernick’s actions and character over the last several years?
Colin Kaepernick wore socks depicting pigs as police officers. He wore a shirt featuring Fidel Castro and has spoken well of the Castro regime, which killed an estimated 73,000 people since the dictator seized power in 1959.
Kaepernick has also shown support for Che Guevara, a murderous communist Marxist.
Unlike Tim Tebow who was a ‘distraction’ with all that Christianity and Brees, who simply said he thinks Americans should stand for our flag, Kaepernick is suddenly in the good graces of seemingly all in the gridiron business and beyond. Many players who criticized Brees made sure to drive home the point that kneeling during the anthem has nothing to do with the flag. Brees’ New Orleans Saints teammate Malcolm Jenkins said so. Basketball star LeBron James echoed that same sentiment. Some, like crochet face masker Alyssa Milano, say the NFL owes Kaepernick an apology. Pundits and keyboard warriors also keep on saying ‘it was never about the flag’. Kaepernick disagrees.
In 2016 Kaepernick said “I am not going to stand up and show pride in a FLAG for a country that oppresses black people, and people of color.” In another press conference Kaepernick said “When that FLAG represents what it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”
Just last year, Nike pulled a ‘Betsy Ross FLAG’ sneaker after Kaepernick intervened. In a statement, a Nike spokeswoman said “Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American FLAG.” Kaepernick reportedly contacted Nike to let them know he found the FLAG design ‘offensive’. So let’s make no mistake, when you protest in front of the FLAG, it is about the FLAG. Perhaps not wholly, but unequivocally.
That particular Nike flap prompted Martin Luther King Jr’s niece and pro-life champion Alveda King to quip “I am not so sure brother Kaepernick even totally understands who Betsy Ross is.”
Kaepernick has been very opportunistic during his time away from football. His protesting has turned into sponsorships and commercials, thus money. As former presidential candidate Herman Cain once put it “Just so you know how this works now: Nothing can happen in America anymore if Colin Kaepernick doesn’t like it.”
After the Minneapolis riots started, Kaepernick was quoted as saying “We have the right to fight back.” Cain again called him out, tweeting “Thanks Kaepernick. We can always count on you to throw a little gas on the fire.”
That gas on the fire has helped stoke night after night of violent riots. Remember, Kaepernick is for these ‘freedom fighters’. Apparently almost all of the NFL is as well.
Before he caved like so many spineless athletes before him, Brees had it right. Let’s fight for social justice and yes, protest as well. Just don’t protest police brutality during our national anthem. One has nothing to do with the other. Instead, Brees and the rest of us will play by Colin’s rules, or else.
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