On Friday night, Colin Kaepernick, the “back-up” quarterback for the NFL San Francisco 49ers sat down for the National Anthem prior to the pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers in Levi Stadium. This was not the first time Colin had sat; he’s sat for all of the pre-season games thus far and probably will continue to do so until he is released by the team. It’s really quite alarming to many, as well as myself. It’s dissapointing and yet in today’s society, I am not surprised.
First, I have to say, I’m a huge football fan of the NFL and love football. Second, I haven’t been a fan of the 49’ers since Joe “The Comeback Kid” Montana played there in the late 70’s, early 80’s; back then the 49ers were one of my favorite teams. I could watch Montana throwing to Rice all day, but that was then, and this is now.
Now, we have Obama in the White House. Our economy sucks, millions have lost jobs and even though many voted on the false premise of “hope and change,” to elect Obama, America has never been more racially divided. Add to that, all the Black Lives Matter protests, and all the false “racist” law enforcement accusations thanks to George Soros, and you have a messed up country with professionals like Colin Kaepernick and others “protesting” that blacks are “oppressed”.
Colin Kaepernick of ALL people. Really? Seriously?
This is a guy who in April of 2014, while in Miami at the Viceroy Hotel was partying up a storm with his buddies and was accused of (allegedly) sexually assaulting a woman who woke up in a hospital room, not knowing how she got there. But here was Colin and one of his bud’s, Quinton Patton in Miami, shortly afterwards.
Then, in September of 2015, after a 28-20 loss against the Chicago Bears, he was fined $11,000 by the NFL for using a racial slur, “f***ing n***a/er” to be specific.
In addition, later in October of 2015, Colin was fined $10,000 for wearing his own headphones (Dr. Dre) at a post-game conference.
I guess, Colin Kaepernick is not the kind and innocent young man, most would say he is, is he? And yet he does have a strong religious background, which he seems to project in tattoos all over his body, but you would never know by his actions he is a strong man of faith. One tattoo even reads “To God Be the Glory”.
Well, Colin for a child who’s real mother was a single Caucasian mom, with an African-American father who was never in the picture, to a wonderful family that adopted you, I would think you would be more grateful for the opportunities you have had bestowed upon you. I mean it wasn’t that long ago, less than 2 years, that you were awarded a 6-year-extension of a professional NFL contract worth $126 million with $54 million in potential guarantees and another $13 million fully guaranteed.
I guess after you signed that wonderful contract in a country that “oppresses” blacks, you must have gotten lost with your moral compass, because after that is when all your problems began to surface in public. Maybe it was fame, money or fortune, sin…or all of the above. Not sure, but one thing’s for certain, you also became a bench-warmer too. You lost your starting QB job to Blaine Gabbert. That’s got to be frustrating, especially if you’re a competitor who in high school lettered in baseball, football and basketball. It stings.
Here’s what one radio announcer had to say about Colin’s actions and his thoughts on “oppression”:
Guess that’s one entertaining thought.
Personally, I think Colin just wanted to make a statement since he knows he’s on the way “out the door” of the San Francisco 49ers organization. The heat is coming down and maybe he needed to be in the spotlight to feel important again, or to feel like he seemed important again. What better way to get attention like a 2-year-old stomping his feet, than to sit out and be disrespectful to our National Anthem. Had Colin sat down for religious reasons, it might have been different, but he sat because…as 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.”
What an insult! Not only to our military and our country, but to the law enforcement professionals as well.
While the cop union understands Kaepernick has the right to sit on the bench while “The Star-Spangled Banner” plays before games, it’s his reason for doing so that has San Francisco police demanding an apology.
“While we certainly acknowledge Mr. Kaepernick’s first amendment right to remain seated during the National Anthem, as inappropriate as that may be, we will not stand by while he attacks police officers in this country with statements such as, “People are on paid leave while people of color are killed,” read the letter.
“The law enforcement community cannot be continuously blamed for all of society’s problems, including racial divide, in our country. It isn’t fair and it isn’t true.”
The letter was signed by SFPOA president Martin Halloran.
Halloran’s letter calls on the NFL and 49ers to “denounce his foolish statements.”
Here was the San Francisco 49’ers’ statement:
“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
Wonderful!….Now my guess is, since Colin has played this “race” card instead of being a “big boy” and admitting that the real reasons he was “benched” as a starter – he had 3 off-season surgeries (thumb, shoulder, knee), lost a ton of weight, his play has sucked lately (2 of 6 for 14 yds against Green Bay), he wasn’t traded because no one wanted him, and now he may be cut soon. You might say…reality is sinking in.
Here’s what one fan had to say about Colin’s actions on SportsHub:
I’m guessing the San Francisco 49ers are working with lawyers now on how to word the language of Colin’s contract and release him.
You see Colin. God giveth and God can taketh. I know you are very familiar with the scripture, so you must be familiar with Job 1:21 as well. And yes…I believe God will guide you in your future, even though you may not always listen.
Finally, I believe playing in the NFL should be seen as a privilege.
Standing for the National Anthem is honoring our military, our country and all those who gave their lives before us and those who still do to defend our nation, so that Colin Kaepernick, and others like him, could have THAT right and the freedom to do what they wish.
There’s a time and place for everything…sitting during the National Anthem is NOT the right time NOR the right place.