It is a special moment when you find out someone is not really as dedicated to their cause as they wanted you to believe. NFL fans are enjoying a moment like that right now, thanks to Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is reaching out to all thirty-two NFL teams begging for a job–with a bargaining chip.
In return for a chance to play professional football again, Kaepernick says he will stand for the National Anthem.
According to reports, Kaepernick’s agent is contacting all of the teams in the league to let them know he is available. In an off-camera interview with CBS’ Jason La Canfora, the free agent claimed he will go anywhere to play. He also posits he’ll work out in private if that will help him land a spot on a roster. Kaepernick says he just wants to be “judged as a football player.”
Let’s talk about that.
This is the same guy who was wearing socks on the field, depicting police officers as pigs. Kaepernick is also the guy clamoring on about racial injustice and oppression while wearing a Fidel Castro t-shirt. And let’s not forget his voting record. He is so intent on creating change in the world, that he has NEVER registered to vote.
Sorry Not Sorry
Kaepernick forfeited his right to be judged as a player, by choosing social activism over playing football. A fact well evidenced by his poor stats, and even poorer life choices. Not to mention, his kneeling for the National Anthem is creating drama beyond the sports arena. Thanks to him, children are imitating his disrespectful behavior.
Similarly, they too are dealing with the consequences of their choices. But, unlike Kaepernick, they can’t use the Star-Spangled Banner as a negotiating tool. Kaepernick saying that he is willing to stand for the National Anthem if he can have a job is beyond insulting. It is the equivalent of a toddler promising to behave IF you buy them a toy.
However, Kaepernick’s proclamation is very useful in revealing his true character. A character obviously more focused on publicity stunts, than on doing his job. Which, consequently, is why he doesn’t have one. That is what happens in the real world. The phrase “too little, too late” has never been more appropriate.