Public News (Houston) - - NEWS - by Bart Pearston

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.

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