I can’t keep quiet any longer. I read all these articles on Colin Kaepernick looking for someone to have exposed the glaring truth and I just can’t find it.
I read that he is a fine (not great) quarterback. I read that there are NFL quarterbacks out there who don’t have his skills who are being signed for big contracts. Yet, no one wants Kaepernick. The only conclusion that these commentators can come to is that Kaepernick is being punished for expressing his beliefs. The owners have gotten together and formed a cabal for the expressed purpose of keeping him from playing.
Some will acknowledge that selecting our flag and the National Anthem wasn’t the smartest move. Nor was his move when he wore police pig socks to practice. Our flag is the same one that thousands and thousands of men and women have died fighting for. These soldiers, sailors and airmen represent every race , creed, color and religion.
Again, the Washington Post interviewed Baltimore Raven fans on their team passing on Kaepernick. Of the six interviewed, four would gladly take him. One said the Ravens shouldn’t have passed on him just because he is a “very critical thinker,” and those fans who don’t want him are using “bigotry and racism.” My word.
The elephant in the room that no one seems to be able to see is what he will do to the cohesion of a team. Putting Kaepernick into a locker room will be exceedingly divisive. Last year his team won two games and lost 14. They finished 4th in the NFC West. That is because there are only four teams in the NFC West. There may have been other reasons for the 49ers doing poorly, but I guarantee that having Kaepernick churning the pot was one of them. Can you blame any NFL team for not wanting to place an incredibly divisive unknown into their locker room?
Now Michael Bennett, a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, is going to sit during the National Anthem. I guess we will be testing my thesis again. I expect added turmoil in the Seahawk locker room. I suspect this will hurt the team. The media will certainly help. You just don’t need additional distractions.
Written by PJ Rice at www.ricequips.com