Let’s say he’s sincere. Yet, his non-action of sitting - as an inspiration for the “oppressed”- is a far cry from the sacrifice Muhammad Ali made for his principles - no matter what Spike Lee thinks. Ali was banned from boxing for three years, years sitting out when he was in the prime of his boxing life, the UNDISPUTED heavyweight champion. Kaepernick, a second stringer, sat for a couple of minutes, HUGE difference.
Did he really think pissing off patriots (some of whom burned his jersey) was going to shed a positive light on himself as a messenger for reducing supposed racism?
Show some balls. Parlay some Jaguar endorsement funds to some Black Lives Matter events and - at the same time - denounce their disgusting behavior. Sure, he can repeat his grievances of being shunned in early days by those that did not see his football skills as he did - and sure, he can recite gripes for believing that some view his tattoos as taboos - but he’s got no specifics to bolster his oppression opinions – so he’s doing what many quarterbacks do, throw it out there, on a Hail Mary, Wing and a Prayer...
One thing is for sure. His planting of his keester on the bench during The Star-Spangled Banner will serve as but a tidbit of the tons of time he’ll be benched this season (call it the San Francisco 49ers collective protest against HIS-POOR-PLAY-ACT-2016/2017) if his game doesn’t improve.
Obama, part African-American, has been ruling for nearly 8 years. The present and previous Attorney Generals’ are black, and many mayors across the States are black – so what did they do (alongside the main culprits, the police) to finally cause Kaepernick to snit and sit?
The Francisco 49ers, situated in a sanctuary city that disobeys illegal alien law(s) it doesn’t like, have no problem with his anthem action.
No shock there.
It is a pro trespass place, so if Kaepernick wants to figuratively wipe his cleats on the flag, why should the team and the city care? He’s in THE ideal environment to squat. (Similarly, the NFL doesn’t care, saving its care to nix the notion of Dallas Cowboy players wearing decals on helmets in support of their police and public.)
Kaepernick’s talk is cheap. Shell out monies from his 2014 contract, said to be possibly worth up to 126 million, to Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panther Party, and mostly to the cause of school choice for all parents...and then...he’ll have gravitas, and then we’ll gravitate to his message.
“...it would be selfish on his part to look the other way.”
But do his teammates agree? He has to have divided the dressing room, sitting for a bit. Now THAT’S selfish, that’s not “team.”
And is that it, this sit? To be taken seriously he’ll need more plays up his sleeve to help “learn us” about “police brutality.” Note, too, he first sat at home, not in the stadium of opponent, Green Bay, where, likely, his non-moving move would have been viewed in a more derogatory light. So, like the QB he is, he picked his spot, took what the field scene was allowing for - and yet atrociously and astonishingly - blew it away with a piddling quarterback sneak at midfield.
But it’s a long bomb with celebrities, sports stars, politicians, and ordinary folk exploding: Pro-or-Con, or neither, but wondering what the heck happened to his football skills, and who does he dislike more; Hillary, or the Donald?
In a way, he’s kinda like Hillary Democrat, Secretary of State, John Kerry, who, as a youngin, threw either his medals or ribbons away (the story is murky about what the jerk tossed in protesting the Vietnam War, in which he served) in that both men look like half-ass dissenters - careerists - in not really forgoing anything, while pretending and preening to go for everything
So far, Kaepernick is symbolism without substance. He’s done little to advance his cause(s) - but, ultimately, maybe he doesn’t really care, having received massive media attention and some street “cred” adoration from college kids who live in safe spaces, and who have been schooled to s--t on their country.
Ok, there is at least one possible substantive result. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has invited Colin to check out their regional training centre where police candidates learn the ropes: could be an eye-opener for the man.
Right now his 15 minutes of fame has stretched to a few days. Which could come in handy because A) if his outdoor football abilities continue to atrophy, he has to hope a scout will know of his sitting during the Anthem story - and get him a tryout for indoor arena football - and because B) he’ll have to harangue us with bunk-junk, remonstrating that the reason the 49ers benched, cut, released, or traded him - was due to his politics, not his performances.
To be fair, he deserves some credit. His protest was non violent, and the guy’s not Johnny Manziel mental. Kaepernick doesn’t do clichés in interviews: he seems intelligent and had to have put some thought into this, and then - perhaps – perchance - his thinking was (speculations is) influenced by his steady, Nessa Diab, who thinks Fidel Castro is the cat’s ass. Perhaps she persuaded him the time was right - for him to sit tight.
However he’s already alright in assets with millions guaranteed from his contract. He, sorry to say, sacrificed SQUAT, monetarily, for his sniveling, so let’s not lionize him as a living lion of courage and character - - - but let us chorus: Go Colin GO!