Kaepernick Gone Wild!

The Protest was one thing last year. It is quite another thing now.

What hath Colin Kaepernick wrought? This debate was very black and white (sorry, couldn’t resist) to me last year. Colin Kaepernick chose to use our National Anthem and his fame as platforms to protest what he saw as institutional injustice against black Americans. I disagreed with his decision to use the National Anthem. It seemed to me that his fame gave him plenty opportunity off the field to become as active as he desired in pursuit of social justice. But that was then. This is now.

Allow me to ask you a question. If you ran a business, and your family depended on you to bring home the bacon to make ends meet, how would you feel if one of your employees disrupted your business to make a social statement about an issue very important to that person? Can anyone seriously suggest that you wouldn’t make it very clear to that person that your place of business is not where such disruptions should occur? And can anyone seriously suggest that if that person continued to disrupt your business you wouldn’t terminate that person’s employment? Of course you would.

I cannot tell you how much I wish the President would focus on health care, tax reform, and matters pressing around the world. Weighing in on this situation during his speech in Alabama last Friday night was incendiary and unhelpful to anyone.

People already knew where they stood on this issue. The President of the United States stepping into the middle of the discussion served only to dump fuel on the fire. I guess it is the reaction of the NFL and now most team owners that bemuses me. The talking heads have droned on about how teams on Sunday displayed unity by locking arms together, or in some cases, by staying in the tunnel during the National Anthem. Give me a break! Owners and coaches were scared to death that their players would divide between themselves over the issue at hand, and the result would be implosion on the field. What we saw on Sunday was self-serving unity. 

Why can’t the NFL take a non-political position and make it clear that its players are free to do whatever they want to do on their own nickel!? How can the NFL possibly condone any of this behavior during before, during, or after a game, when players are still in their uniforms, and representing their teams and the league? It is ridiculous.

So here is where I am on the issue. The whole thing is totally bonkers. The President was wrong to step into the breach. The players who are falling into line under the mantle of “unity” are either deluding themselves or too stupid to see they are being used, and NFL leadership, owners, and coaches have lost the plot; full stop.

Let’s get back to honoring our flag and our country and playing football. These players are famous. They can find other times and places to pursue their respective quests for social justice. In short, knock it off!

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Comments

  1. D Quirk Holmes says

    This one will be fun to watch, the Progressives demanding that we watch NFL football and Joe Six Pack raking leaves and walking with significant other on Sunday afternoon. Could this be the turning point where both the hippie dippie liberals and the meat eating males finally agree and end our sick love of professional sports. Imagine a world without pro sports and Hollywood for that matter. Instead of wasting our time staring at the idiot box or sitting in a germ filled theater, we Americans got to know our next door neighbor and talked to our children. Oh well, one can wish…Best Cousin Quirk

  2. Gregg DeSilvio says

    Jim: You are absolutely correct. As employees of the teams in the NFL, they forfeit the right to protest at their work. They must obey uniform rules – tucked in shirt etc. – which is a monitor issue to their customer base.

    On their own time it is a different matter. That said, there are many more relevant ways they can make a difference for any issue that concerns them.

  3. says

    Rarely I agree with you, and today I do. The president is absolutely bonkers. Most of the rest I have issues with but in the spirit of inclusiveness I will not rain on your parade.

  4. uncle roger says

    I beg these overpaid, uneducated, unrealistic athletes (most of them) to STOP Insulting my:
    Country
    Flag
    National Anthem

    As they can’t read, they should watch WWII movies, Just saw on National Geographic Chanel WWII/Hitler. How our fathers, mothers, brothers, grandpas heroically, bravely lost their lives with pride for our country.
    President is absolutely right calling them SOBs and I would add bums (plus a few more, but Jim would not let it be published). SHAME on the owners, they are selling our country for thirty pieces of silver – Mammon has become their GOD.

    Mr. President – don’t stop. First time in generations we have a president who truly loves this country and saying the right things rather than worrying about the votes.
    Long Live the USA and May God bless us and US abundantly.

  5. David Hedges says

    Only Trump could make the players, who were viewed as near traitors by most people, into sympathetic protestors for racial equality over night. His pathological need for adulation drove him to attack the players during his speech to the white geriatric crowd in Alabama, which he knew would cheer this red meat. Probably this kerfuffle will pass with sound and fury but little lasting damage but Trump’s incendiary remarks about North Korea may not. Let’s hope that the embalmed Pence will share his Ambien with Trump before something serious happens.

  6. uncle roger says

    This is in addition to my comments a couple of days ago:

    roger
    To All Ballplayers Everywhere…………Take a Knee

    Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don’t know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.

    Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces…the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

    Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe San to Saigon… Anywhere will do. REAL Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well.. and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

    Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat.. Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress… Your number won’t be printed on it unless your number is up! You’ll need to stay hydrated but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own.

    There’s a lot of places to take a knee. Real Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That’s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.

    While you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken….but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains…every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

    No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans…just American men and women…delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us…blazing a path so you would have the right to “take a knee.”

    You haven’t an inkling what it took to get you where you are; but your “protest” is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is issued to another…

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