NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick has a big problem, and it has nothing to do with being “blackballed” or whatever the conspiracy theorists are peddling. No, NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s biggest problem is social activist Colin Kaepernick.
Ex-teammate Marquise Goodwin’s Instagram account revealed what Kaepernick has been up to lately, and (surprise, surprise) it has nothing to do with football.
The photo, posted Friday, shows the two men at the Temple of Philae in Egypt.
Far be it for anyone to judge Kaepernick while he’s gainfully unemployed; he’s certainly allowed to do whatever he feels like in his free time. But this speaks to a larger problem that the pro-Kaepernick crowd seems to be missing: Why isn’t he talking, acting or commenting on anything football-related?
Fair is fair, and a good deed is a good deed. Kaepernick has certainly been busy this offseason. He donated shoesand suits to the needy. He helped send water and food to the impoverished country of Somalia. He donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels. He’s donated another $700,000 to various charities across the United States.
And yet he hasn’t found any time in between those deeds to mention anything football-related. Sure, he’s found time to antagonize those who protect and serve us, but no time to mention anything he’s doing to improve his game as a quarterback. You’ll find nary a mention of improving his footwork, reading defenses or retooling his throwing mechanics across any of his social media accounts.
That’s a big problem — one that Kaepernick supporters seem all too willing to ignore. Yes, it’s easier to point the finger at the nebulous power brokers of the multibillion-dollar entity known as the National Football League. It’s certainly easier to claim “Blackball!” and regurgitate tepid conspiracy theories. It’s even easier yet to use the intellectually dishonest, and frankly lazy, argument of “Racism!” in the NFL.
It’s hard to ask if Colin Kaepernick even wants to play football anymore because it torpedoes all of those easier talking points. It’s hard to question Kaepernick when it hurts the narrative that makes pushing your political agenda so much easier.
According to new 49ers general manager John Lynch, Kaepernick still very much wants to play football. But therein lies the problem. Why let sources or other people do the talking for you? Why not just come out and say it yourself?
Lynch alluded to that in an interview with KNBR (via ProFootball Talk.)
“I think the way you could best help yourself is not to have someone talk for you, not have statements, but go sit down and give an interview and let people know where you stand, because he makes a compelling case as to how bad he wants to be in the league when you talk to him,” Lynch said.
“I would tell you with my conversations with Colin, he is fully committed to wanting to be in this league. I gave that opinion to Colin myself: ‘I think you are having a little bit of an image crisis in terms of, not so much what you did last year, but people are wondering: Is this most important to you?’ At a position where the guys who succeed at the position are the guys who live it, breathe it, the CEOs at that position. And I think there is a perception that football is not at the top of the list.’”
And that perception is hard to shake. Take politics out of it. Regardless of whether or not you feel Kaepernick disrespected the flag and this nation, let’s assume politics plays no role in Kaepernick’s life. Let’s assume that all he’s done is some of those aforementioned good deeds.
If that’s all he ever talked about, wouldn’t you hesitate to sign him? If you knew nothing about football and just gleaned what you knew about Kaepernick from his social media accounts, you’d never guess that he was an NFL quarterback. You’d think he was a social activist.
And that’s OK! If this is how Kaepernick wants to live his life, more power to him. He’s certainly donated more money to charities than many of us have.
But let’s stop pretending that the NFL is colluding against him.
This is a free country and Kaepernick can do whatever he wants with his life.
It just doesn’t seem that playing in the NFL is one of the things he wants to do.
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