From Regan Pifer:
Everyone remember Colin Kaepernick?
You know, the NFL quarterback who refused to stand during the national anthem in protest of the shootings and deaths of black men across the country?
I’m reminding you because he hasn’t exactly been in the news…here’s why.
Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, has been and remains “gainfully unemployed.”
Despite his long running battle with the league over his demonstrations of protest before kickoff time, refusing to stand respectfully for the National Anthem, it had been widely assumed that he might land a job somewhere. So what gives? At the Washington Post, Kevin B. Blackistone assures us that the league has secretly decided to ‘blackball’ Kaepernick because of his bold stand in support of social justice or something.
In the Washington Post piece, Blackistone writes:
Truth is, Kaepernick’s numbers have nothing to do with what entering Thursday became his second week of unemployment in the league. What has everything to do with his predicament is optics, the same one that ultimately derailed [Craig] Hodges.
Call it audaciousness.
It wasn’t just that Kaepernick last season dramatically protested the extrajudicial killings of mostly unarmed black men in this country by police who rarely get charged for their actions, let alone prosecuted or convicted. It was that he chose the anthem as his platform. By kneeling during its rendition, he appeared to mar the package of patriotism the NFL put together over the last half century that helped it overtake baseball as America’s sporting pastime.
Maybe the NFL is blackballing Kaepernick.
After all, refusing to stand for the national anthem is the epitome of disrespect for country.
And, what adds insult to injury in Kaepernick’s case, is that he is also a subpar quarterback.
Really, truly, subpar.
In Hot Air, they logged his stats:
As quarterbacks go, his more recent performance was somewhere between dismal and mediocre. He had a less than 60% completion rate and was in the bottom third of the league for yards per pass. His passer rating was easily thirty points below the guys who made it to the final dance. But even for all that, he wasn’t that bad. Even the bottom quarter of ranked NFL passers are still light years ahead of the hundreds of hopefuls coming out of college every year. So at least one part of Blackistone’s theory is true. His antics definitely affected the outcome, but that’s because we’re talking about a sliding scale here. Allow me to offer a quick rule of thumb when it comes to profession sports as perceived by one of the fans:
The amount of embarrassment your team is willing to put up with is directly proportional to your measured value in terms of how likely you are to get them into the Superbowl.
So, a word to the wise, if you’re going to disrespect your country, you better be pretty darn good at your sport. At least in the NFL.
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