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As a Lifelong NFL Fan, I Call Bullshit on Colin Kaepernick’s Blackballing

The NFL is on the wrong side of history here.

Colin Kaepernick is a great football player.
Colin Kaepernick is a great football player.

Full disclosure; I am an avid fan of NFL Football. Kinda crazy about it honestly. I grew up watching the Denver Broncos; they are my team and I love them. I was actually at their Super Bowl win in San Francisco and I consider it to be one of the greatest days of my life. Right up there with marrying my wife and the birth of our daughter… but the fact that Kaepernick has been essentially blackballed from the NFL is maddening.

Don’t tell me Kaepernick just isn’t “good enough to be on an NFL team.” The dude went to the NFC championship game twice AND the Super Bowl once in 4 years. Yes, his play has dropped off, but this coincided with the 49ers firing Coach Harbaugh. He was a great coach; since he was canned the team has lost many of its better players and is basically in free-fall for last place, earning the dismal record of 2-14 last year. How many coaches have they gone through since then?

I don’t think there is a single QB in the league who could help the 49ers right now. And there are plenty of teams who could use Kap’s help: the Browns, Jets, Bills, Jaguars, or Dolphins, to name a few. But don’t take my word for it:

After thorough tape review, Kaepernick does still seem to have a lot to offer for the right team. Bleacherreport

Colin Kaepernick ranks fifth-best in passing touchdown to interception ratio (72:30.) –profootballfocus.com

It’s crazy he’s unemployed -Peter King, Sports Illustrated

Yes, there are many, many sports writers who have written off Kaepernick’s abilities, but I believe this is just lazy reporting. His skills are undeniable. I will admit he is not a top ten QB, but any number of teams could benefit from having Kaepernick as a teammate.

Many fans all over the league feel the same way I do. People all over the country are supporting him. Over a hundred police officers in New York City held a rally in honor of Kaepernick. A few days ago, hundreds of people converged outside the NFL offices to protest in his honor. A group of black pastors have gotten together to collectively boycott the NFL over Kaepernick’s blackballing, and have a video with 7.6 million views and counting.

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Ratings were down last year. The NFL did a poll of their fans to find out why. The number one answer? Kaepernick. Nothing about the lack of consequences or accountability for plays who beat their wives unconscious, or rape women, or assault people in nightclubs, or withhold child support money from their own families; nope, NFL fans are just mad at a man who is kneeling for what he believes: that cops should stop shooting innocent black men …or at least go to jail when they do.

And let’s talk about NFL ratings for a moment. There are a number of reasons fewer people are watching football:

  • It seems to get more expensive every year to keep watching the same game.
  • There are so many ads that it takes almost 4 hours to watch just one game.
  • The concussion issue is real; many sports writers have opined that NFL football might go the way of boxing as more and more people learn of the damage these men do to themselves for our entertainment.
  • Too many games being decided by pivotal 4th quarter calls by the refs.
  • The fact that the NFL actually charges our military for all the free advertising they get during games.
  • Don’t get me started on the Patriots.

The NFL might think if they keep Kaepernick out of the NFL, they can keep his ideas out. They couldn’t be more wrong. It’s still only preseason and players are already kneeling. Marquee players such as Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennet have joined the anthem protest. Just recently the Cleveland Browns had 12 players take the knee; that’s the most to do it at once. They even had a white guy join them.

Kapernick is getting lots of shit right now. You know who else got lots of shit? Muhammed Ali when he wouldn’t go fight in Viet Nam. Lots of people hated Jackie Robinson for being the first black man to play professional baseball. Hank Aaron faced everything from simple racial harassment to death threats; as did Jim Brown for retiring early from the NFL to fight racism. Back in the day, each of these people were demonized for their views, but are now considered to be heroes. If you hate Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee, then you, as well as the NFL, are on the wrong side of history.

Written by Andy Menconi

Andy Menconi is the Art Director of Other98.

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