I have no problem with him expressing himself - although I would have done it differently. I could not care less about the people who profess to be scandalized while looking at the other way at the number of NFL players who have beaten their wives and girtlfriends. To me that is sheer hypocrisy. If you want to punish Kaepernick for standing up for his First Amendment Rights then apply your moral standards fairly.
Kaepernick is not intelligent enough nor is he paid to be a political commentator or a protestor at NFL games. He is paid to play high-quality football and win games at the professional level. He has not done that very well for the past several years, which is why he is unemployed today. Most NFL owners will tolerate controversial twits if they win games. He became a big-mouthed irritant without the performance to overcome it. Maybe he could make it in the CFL.
Wise words Wayne. This dude annoyed me so bad during the games so I can imagine he was rubbing a lot of other people the wrong way too. I'm actually still trying to decide what his problem was. He seems to have lived well and was a well paid football player. He was adopted but lots and lots of children are adopted, hardly a reason to take a knee. He, like so many others these days, needs to live in some hell hole somewhere for a while. That doubless would give these types a grown-up perspective. Wonder if he's learned anything from all this?
Look at Kap's stats the last three years and then look at how many free agents get a contract with stats like those. The answer is not many. Even guys with outstanding character like Tim Tebow find themselves unemployed. Now you add how disruptive Kap has acted, and that's on him. Call that the Terrell Owmen's / Dennis Rodman effect. A team might put up with antics if the guy is really talented on the field of play, but they won't for a marginal player.
Let's be honest, Kaepernick had one or two hot seasons, from then on it was downhill. Kaepernick, perhaps wasn't as great as he believed or those paying the mega-bucks to this, at best, mediocre quarterback. Honestly,no one is indispensable, especially in sport. His hubris was believing he was great, it came back and bit him on the hiny. Undoubtedly, his disrespect for America, the flag, law-enforcement and the military didn't endear him to the fans and those paying the freight; so, in the end, it all came down to Kaepernick; he reaped what he had sown.
You have an extra $100 during the football season and you want to watch an NFL game. You have the chance with two teams that are coming to play your home town team. You can pick a quarterback, like say Tom Brady, or you can go with Colin Kapernick. You know Brady is going to give a good game, is going to try his hardest and he respects the flag and his country that has given him so much back for his talents. Then you have the choice to watch Colin. All he's done with his God given talent is throw it away, piss it away and spit on the very country and it's citizens and fans of football who allow him to get paid an absorbant amount of money to play a child's game. Who would you pay your $100 to see? It's not a black and/or white thing, Colin. It's respect for the country in which you were brought up in and has had your back your whole life. It's funny how you turned your back on America but feel slighted when they do the same to you with your piss poor attitude. America doesn't owe you anything. You have had freedom to choose, freedom to do whatever you have wanted since birth. Hard to see what you're bitching about. Enjoy unemployment, I hear North Korea is nice this time of year.
This guy is a LIAR.
Kaepernick is jobless because his skill are NOT good enough to get a job.
Because what he's standing for is a LIE. ALL stats and Data PROVE he's lying. That's on Kaepernick.
Stop lying and practice more. Stop being a racist and tell the truth.
Americans, football fans in particular, pay good hard earned money to go to games and support their team. They do not pay for political commentary. Football fans don't care if a player is black, red or yellow. They love the game and support their teams not only on the field, but at the concession stands. Colin should consider running for office and find out just how little respect Americans have for his politics. Racism is an overused word and i would suggest people find the definition in the dictionary and quit accusing people unjustly. AND just because there are those who might actually fit the bill and be racists is no reason to be up in arms. It is, after all, their right to discriminate.
Look at it this way, Colin, you insisted on kneeling last year in a show of disrespect for a country in which you were making great money in, NOW, you can SIT this year, in the stands with the rest of the football fans!! Life is good!! But, not for YOU!! BAWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!! Laughing so hard tears are running down my legs!!
Any celebrity who wants to make a political or religious statement has that right, of course. But to use a televised or otherwise public event that they are appearing in to make that statement is repugnant to me. They have not paid the 100"s of millions of dollars to put that event together. Make an announcement that you are making a statement outside of that event and then say what you have to say. Then we'll see how big your audience will be.
His only job should have been playing football. If he want to spew racist hatred he should be fired. As a sports fan I do not want players disrestful prejuctices on display. Keep your racist bigotry to your selfs or find a new job.
Well, stupid is stupid. He was anti-American and now, thankfully he's suffering the consequences. Is it more important to be a black man (or a white one) or to be an American? Obviously, most people think it's the latter, and this overblown idiot chose to vote against American values. The only good thing he did was to reduce NFL popularity. Far too much time and money spent on pro sports.
Funny thing about freedom of speech, I'll defend to the end your ability to say what you want but don't expect everyone to agree with it. And be willing to deal with the consequences of that.
( like America apparently has with Kaep).
However, I'd much prefer that he be able to express his discontent with his perceived injustices, than to shut him up like many liberals advocate when they hear what they don't like.
You are all wrong , has nothing to do with being amer Ian or flag or va or military , it was away to open people eyes to see what's going on here in America to our black men and kids , he new this you would see but you all looked at wrong instead of seeing the message your all idiots stupid and dumb , that's why there is a legion going to boycott all football if Collin does not get a job , we gave thousands of signatures not to watch or support. , lets hurt them the right way in there pocket , give Collin a job he desert one the young man is a champ and will show all you sorry assEd he is .
Black men have been pushed to the margin by racist DEMOCRAT LIBERALS since 1965. LBJ's "Great Society" essentially told Black women that you don't need a man, you just need Sugar Daddy Government to take care of all your needs. This didn't help to correct racism, nor did it encourage Blacks to work hard and persevere. It also did nothing to help them value education as a way out of poverty. (As your wonderful mastery of the English language shows). The excuse of widespread institutional racism was a factor years ago, but for the most part has been rooted out of government, where it was most pervasive. (HUD, welfare, food stamps, the military, and "redlining" by local governments, etc.). Now, it seems that every group who is dissatisfied with life just wants to sit back and blame somebody else. Pick up your sorry self, suck it up, and MAKE something of yourself. Not everybody can be a famous musician or sports star. WORK. BTW, I am NOT rich, I work 3 jobs 60+ hrs. a week and have done so for 25+ years. If you are dealing with racist people, tell them to go piss off, and then go elsewhere. If you are going to act a victim, you will always be one.
It comes down to success! I don't agree with Kaep, but if he can ball, who cares about his politics! The league has no problems with those who commit violence against women off the field who start bar fights and bloody a weaker man! To be harder on Kaep for kneeling than one is on Joe Mixon, Josh Brown, Greg Hardy, Johnny Manziel and Zeke Elliott doesn't have their priorities straight and is a hypocrite!
ok, thanks for the orange selada heads up; meanwhile I'll bone up on my punctuation. suggest you revisit the cassius draft case. it was when muslims had not yet embraced the "kill the infidel" mandate. though ali was a nation of islam holy man his conscientious objector status was pushed on him by farrakhan. the commie cong were the enemy at that time. he's never been a hero for avoiding the military, but to me he was a hero in the ring and after he retired with a career which defined a generation. he also prevailed in the us supreme court which I respect as well. now how is this ali version like that of kaeperdick?
@Max, Kaepernick's only offence is that he refused to stand up and respect a national anthem. One with a verse that is unequivocably racist. Now while I would probably not have chosen that way to broadcast my feelings, he did. And in a nation with a First Amendment he had every right to do so. His bosses and his team fans have every right also to demand that he be fired, but they do so at some risk. They show a lack of respect for the most valuable clause in the Constitution and have lost the high ground for every subsquent attempt to censor those who would restrict freedom.
I was a big fan of Kap since Nevada. However, I'll have to agree with Ivie. Business is business. To be honest with you, I could care less about the flag thing, it was the misguided cause that bothered me. I'm getting tired of the whole cop hater, white privilege crap. I believe in the three keys to success: Graduate high school, get a job and don't get pregnant. Add to that: Don't screw with cops in bad neighborhoods. Like Charley says: Can't escape inevitable consequences.