Despite all the anguished hand-wringing of the media, sports pundits, Hollywood, and football players such as Richard Sherman, I’m delighted Colin Kaepernick cannot find employment in the NFL.
Before I go into my diatribe on Kaepernick though, I would like to ask when sportswriters started thinking we read their columns for their political views? Note to you guys – just like we don’t ask you for financial advice, we could care less about your political views. We pay clowns to amuse us, Hollywood bimbos to distract us, NFL players to excite us, and suffer never-ending advertising in order to find out what is going on with our sports team.
Now on to Mr. Kaepernick - I hope he never plays another down in the NFL in his career. I wish his name would fade in to obscurity, so as not to make him yet another martyr for those with a cause. He’s not Martin Luther King, Gandhi, or Abraham Lincoln, folks. If he does play again, I certainly won't watch him...even if he is playing against my beloved Green Bay Packers!
Born behind the proverbial eight-ball, he is the product of an unmarried and impoverished woman, resulting in his being put up for adoption. I was unable to determine if he ever knew his biological father, but it does not appear that he did. From those rather inauspicious origins, he was adopted by a couple from Wisconsin with two children of their own. Unlike most of us armchair quarterbacks, he was extremely gifted athletically in three sports, and college recruited in two. In addition to a free college tuition at the University of Nevada, he has collected $43 million in his six-year career in the NFL. He was paid $11,900,000 last year, mostly to sit on the bench. For those of you that are adding-machine-challenged, that equates to almost $744,000 per game. $248,000 per hour. $992,000 per…well, you get the point. Obviously, the man plays (or played) a game for a living, and was paid handsomely for his efforts.
Notwithstanding the magnificent success Kaepernick has enjoyed in our country, and despite his beginnings, he began his unpatriotic protest of not standing for the National Anthem in 2016, the year of his $11.9 million salary. Seems that to be the equivalent of complaining about farmers with your mouth full. The National Football League has two owners – the guys that own the teams charter and us fans who pay the freight for all that excess. If we weren’t plunking down the $300 for a ticket, or $200 for a jersey, or whatever outrageous number the NFL Ticket is charging these days, those guys might be just a bit humbler. Remember when NFL players had summer jobs? Don’t fool yourself Mr. NFL player, we can get just as excited watching junior play football on Friday night. It might not be as slickly packaged, but there is more heart and appreciation in those boys, and we can get used to that.
This country has been at war for 16 continuous years, protecting us from another 9/11. As a reminder, over 3,000 people lost their lives that day. Over a million people have lost their lives protecting that flag and Mr. Kaepernick’s right to protest. Millions of parents and spouses wake up every day wondering if their soldier will make it through the day unharmed. That Anthem and that American Flag Mr. Kaepernick won’t stand for means much more to most Americans than some over-paid athlete singing the praises of Fidel Castro.
Television ratings were down in the NFL last year. Polls show Mr. Kaepernick’s hissy-fit was partly to blame. The NFL, long a cash cow gorging itself on its fans wallets, may have realized that perhaps Mr. Kaepernick’s actions were bad for business, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he has been black-balled from the league. It is doubtful you and I will ever know if that is the case. But, given developments with the Baltimore Ravens over the past week, with the phalanx of sports reporters writing from atop their political high-horses, I would doubt any other NFL team even brings Mr. Kaepernick’s name up in conversation again. Why should they with the liberals coming out of the woodwork to tell them what to do. Perhaps Sports Illustrated or ESPN should hire him, at his $11.9 million salary, since they are so sensitive to his plight.
When asked why he was sitting out the National Anthem, he stated, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” For a man of color, I’d say Mr. Kaepernick has been treated pretty well by this country. While he has been out playing a game, people with and without color have been protecting his backside from countries where life isn’t so nice. Perhaps Mr. Kaepernick should share some of his wealth with those oppressed people of which he is concerned about, or our troops fighting overseas.
Despite its flaws, most Americans love this country, it’s Anthem and the flag. It’s a package. She is the greatest nation in the history of the world. Why should we spend one dime on somebody that can't respect our country, particularly those that got so much out of her. I don't want him on my television either.
The NFL doesn’t owe him anything. He owes America an apology.