Former San Fransisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has never been shy when it comes to voicing his opinion — political or otherwise. And that did not change last week when he admitted he still wants back in the league. It remains to be seen whether that will happen. But there is no doubt, if he does sign elsewhere, that could have lasting implications for how the NFL deals with political messaging heading into the next decade.
The former QB had a moderately successful NFL career. In just his third NFL season, he led the 49ers to the Superbowl, garnering praise along the way. The Quarterback’s stats were nothing to write home about. Nonetheless, Kaepernick was an adequate, albeit unstellar, NFL starter. But that all changed when he decided to leave the realm of sports in favor of the realm of politics.
He kneeled during the national anthem. The national anthem is, of course, a moment for Americans to put aside politics and pledge allegiance to our country and its values. Moreover, it is a moment for us to recognize the sacrifices our troops and law enforcement have made to protect us. America is not perfect.
But that’s one of the reasons we stand for the anthem — to unite in our efforts to make the nation a better place. America is beautiful because of her ideals — not necessarily in the perfect execution of those ideals. The original abolitionists, many of them former slaves, knew that much.
But not Colin. In fact, Kaepernick still maintains he is qualified for the league. After holding farcical workout sessions for reporters, Kaepernick has since lowered his expectations for the NFL. While he no longer wishes to be a starting NFL Quarterback, he still wants in the league, if only as an NFL backup. But that’s his short-term goal, not his long-term one.
Here is some audio from ‘I AM ATHLETE’, a show Kaepernick went on last week. You can still see some delusions of grandeur in his statements, and these statements have some inherent shock value for their lack of connection with reality:
“I know I have to find my way back in. So yeah. If I have to come in as a backup, that’s fine, but that’s not where I’m staying. And when I prove that I’m a starter, I want to be able to step on the field as such. I just need that opportunity to walk through the door.”
Yikes. He just does not get it. Perhaps if he were more patriotic and less divisive, he would find a place in this league. But he has kept burning bridges. His play does not justify his hatred of America and her institutions, nor could it ever possibly do so.
Here is the clip: