TO THE REPUBLIC
Six months ago, Time magazine wrote, “National anthem protests led by Colin Kaepernick are fueling debate about privilege, pride and patriotism.” in its cover story of his “Perilous Fight”. With recent debate about the Texans trading for or signing yet another second string QB as their answer to QB problems, I thought it might be worth exploring this media hero. The fact is he was sitting on a guaranteed contract with the 49ers worth $14.3 Million (if he made the roster) that would drop to $5 Million in 2017 if he opts to take it.
On a team fielding a Jaguars failure in Blaine Gabbert as his “competition”, his making the team was never in doubt. I will not only step way out on a limb and predict he won't opt to stay with a team that awarded him their “Inspirational Award”, (USA Today is also being so bold). Now maybe my Webster's definition is different, but a guy who has made over $43 Million in his 6 years in the NFL isn't what I called “courageous”, “Inspirational”, or in some “peril”. I will also predict that his refusal to stand for the anthem comes to a public screeching halt just after he declines to “Opt out” rather than take the deserved huge pay cut. Compromising those “principles” for millions only gets praise from fools.
His “political principles” motivation included praising a totalitarian dictator (Castro), a racist murderer (Chavez), and supporting the New Black Panther Party and Malcolm X in his refusal, “ to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said. “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.” After replacing Blaine “the Bomb” Gabbert as a starter and “leading” them to a 2-14 season, it was further revealed he didn't even vote, and has never even bothered to vote. The season contained such “highlights as playing in Miami after wearing the Castro shirt, kneeling in San Diego on Military Appreciation Day, and wearing “Cops are Pigs” socks to practice after five Dallas Police officers were ambushed the month before they played there.
Now don't call me too cynical, but this guy makes trading for Tony Romo or signing Brock Osweiler to a $72 Million, four-year contract, look smart. It should be noted that of the 12 playoff teams 10 were starting QB's they had drafted. The only one of the three that actually won a game was the Texans who happened to be starting a 3rd string rookie. Please God, give GM Rick Smith just a touch more smarts than this guy has and use their first round pick on one. A certain team north of here drafted a Rookie of the Year QB in the 4th round while we were drafting a fumble prone punt and kickoff returner instead.