It is becoming increasingly clear that Colin Kaepernick will not play football this season and it is all about his antics on the field concerning the National Anthem!
Now Kaepernick is getting a brutal dose of truth levied by an NFL front office executive:
“It’s about the risk of what happens to the team concept when you sign a guy — a quarterback — who has put his personal agenda ahead of what we are all charged to do, which is put the team first. As a team builder, I cannot risk that happening again, especially for a borderline starter who needs the entire offense catered to his style.”
In a nutshell, whether Kaepernick is correct, or not. You DO NOT protest on your employers time. He could have made his message clear, without doing it when people are there to watch a game. He took advantage of a bully pulpit that was not his.
Now he is toxic! No NFL team wants to do with the mess that would come along with signing him!
The executive continued with two shining examples of quarterbacks who value winning as a team above all else, including protests during the national anthem.
“Tom Brady or Philip Rivers would never consider making a stand on something like that, and it’s just because it’s not the place. I don’t disparage what he did. I understand and I’m all for people standing up for a cause, just not while they’re at work,” the executive said.
“As far as his prospects as a backup, I don’t think he is being blackballed in terms of rich white owners saying, ‘We are not hiring this guy,’” a defensive coordinator also told ESPN.
“I think coaches are like, ‘Look, if this kid is not starting for us, why are you bringing in distractions not for a starter? We have a pretty good sort of locker room and mesh here. What is the risk-reward?’ I don’t think anyone is to the point of making him the starter, and that is the bubble he is getting caught in.”
Harsh, but true.
One anonymous AFC general manager chalked Kaepernick’s cold reception up to three things: 1) he can’t play at a high performance level anymore, 2) owners fear his presence will cause a backlash among the fan base, and 3) owners and organizations simply hate him.
Kaepernick has the constitutional freedom to protest all he wants. But there are consequences, especially when you chose to protest on your employer’s time clock.
Kaepernick was responsible for an NFL wide boycott that cost them and their advertisers millions. The NFL viewership dropped to lows not seen since its inception.
Since, he has compared law enforcement as slave owners and been very vocal about his anti-American stances.
The problem is the NFL fan base is very patriotic. Football fans love this country and they respect law enforcement.
Kaepernick’s playing ability declined as well, and that was no accident. When you start every game thinking negative thoughts, you have doomed yourself. That goes for any job, football to sales.
I predict that Kaepernick will stay unsigned. Kaepernick is an insult to America and he costs whatever team he is on, not only profits but fans. I guarantee that if Miami or Baltimore had signed him, they would have been boycotted and rightly so.