Colin Kaepernick apparently didn’t want or appreciate any employment advice from former football quarterback Michael Vick.
Kaepernick appeared to take a veiled shot at Vick after the 13-season NFL player suggested he cut his hair to become more marketable.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 17, 2017
“The first thing we got to get Colin to do is cut his hair,” Vick said on FS1’s “Speak for Yourself”on Monday. “I don’t think he should represent himself in that way in terms of just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut. Why not?”
The retired quarterback noted that “perception and image is everything,” and he ought to know since his own career suffered after serving time in jail following a dogfighting scandal, CBS Sports reported. “I love the guy to death, but I want him to succeed on and off the field, and this has to be a start for him.”
Kaepernick, who has been sporting a full afro and has not been signed to any NFL team following his controversial disrespect for the National Anthem, posted a message that seemed directed at Vick though it never mentioned his name.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 18, 2017
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback posted a definition of Stockholm syndrome, in which a hostage or captive begins to identify with his or her captor. Though Vick’s name was not linked or mentioned, many on Twitter felt it was an obvious shot.
😂😂.. lol idk if this is about R.Kelly or Mike Vick
— King Midas™ (@JDM_dreams) July 18, 2017
Colin Kaepernick posting the definition of Stockholm Syndrome in response to Michael Vick is world class shade lmao.
— Icarus. (@xMurderCWrote) July 18, 2017
Vick later tweeted a message that appeared to walk back some of his remarks.
— Mike Vick (@MikeVick) July 18, 2017
“The reason he’s not playing has nothing to do with the national anthem, it’s more solely on his play, but yeah, everything takes precedent, in terms of image, perception,” Vick said.
But after a Super Bowl run and six years with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick doesn’t look like he is fighting off any offers to get signed and a simple hairstyle doesn’t seem to be the problem.
Reaction on Twitter was mixed while the debate ranged from what some thought was uncalled for comments from Vick and others agreed that Kaepernick deserves to be blacklisted for his actions.
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Doubt harping on about respectability politics does a damn thing to “help” his situation lol. He’d get the same treatment regardless of hair
— SweetJones (@ProficientPogba) July 18, 2017
So Colin Kaepernick need to cut his hair
But it’s ok for NFL players to be covered in TATTOOS
— Malcolm Shabazz (@malcolmshabazz6) July 18, 2017
Kaepernick takes a shot at Vick–who legit sounded like he was trying to help him. Vick should clap back w/ a Wikipedia link to Fidel Castro
— Matt Chatham (@chatham58) July 18, 2017
My thoughts exactly. No offense to Vick but Colin isn’t a criminal. He didn’t do anything wrong that requires “image rehab”.
— Teetads (@teetads) July 18, 2017
How is hair a distraction
— Anthony (@antDZ) July 18, 2017
How is it not? If were being real…teams want to know his focus is on 🏈 like the old Colin…wen u see him with the fro u think ✊protest
— Tony Nugent (@SupaStarDad) July 18, 2017
I’ll always love Vick, but I think he was off base with those comments, or they came out the wrong way.
— Brian Mazique aka FP (@UniqueMazique) July 18, 2017
Kaepernick is good enough to be backup. But he’s gonna bring a media circus wherever he goes at this point. Teams don’t want that.
— Troispoint Mishima (@Troispoint1) July 17, 2017
He got blackballed, plain & simple for his political views…✊🏾
— Money and the Power (@xfactor4u) July 18, 2017
Lol Kaepernick wore socks depicting police officers as pigs and his supporters are wondering why so many people dislike him.
— 〰 (@cloutnami) July 18, 2017
— Paul Moore (@peeyem2k) July 18, 2017
Guess there is a lesson we should all learn here.
— jasin (@jasin_colegrove) July 18, 2017