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Unemployed kneeling quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew heavy backlash from NFL fans for his PR stunt “workout” over the weekend.
Kaepernick staged the workout as an “audition” for football teams that he hopes will hire him after his disrespect for the American national anthem decimated NFL ratings for three straight years.
ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith slammed Kaepernick, saying the gimmick proves that the washed-up, 32-year-old quarterback is not serious about playing.
Smith said: “Twenty-five teams show up in Georgia at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility — a state of the art facility with NFL personnel, equipment, video, everything — and what does Colin Kaepernick do? Colin Kaepernick wants to change the venue.”
Smith continued: “He don’t want to play! He wants to be a martyr.”
He doesn't want to play. pic.twitter.com/ZuSI1IVW9r
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 17, 2019
Stephen A. Smith said Kaepernick’s virtue-signaling shenanigans won’t work anymore because the public is tired of “woke” social justice warriors hijacking sports to make idiotic political statements.
“Guess what? It ain’t working this time!” Smith said. “All of us believe that if Colin Kaepernick would have showed out, he would have had a job inside of two weeks. But it didn’t happen, because he didn’t show. He wanted to show up at a high school in Georgia — not an NFL facility — and then YouTube it live [as a PR gimmick].”
Even rap mogul Jay-Z — who previously supported Kaepernick — was furious that the athlete turned his workout into a publicity stunt instead of taking it seriously to relaunch his stalled career.
EXCLUSIVE: Jay-Z is reportedly disappointed with Colin Kaepernick, and thinks the quarterback turned his NFL workout into a publicity stunthttps://t.co/GzB85hJ2zM
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) November 17, 2019
Conservative radio host Larry Elder mocked millionaire Colin Kaepernick — who was adopted and lovingly raised by a white family in the suburbs — for wearing a Kunta Kinte t-shirt.
Kunta Kinte was a slave character from the 1976 novel “Roots.”
Elder tweeted: “Colin Kaepernick wears a Kunta Kinte t-shirt before his NFL workout. The closest thing Kaepernick ever got to slavery was picking cotton candy out of his teeth at the state fair.”
Oh, no! He didn't! Colin Kaepernick wears a Kunta Kinte t-shirt before his NFL workout. Closest thing @kaepernick7 ever got to slavery was picking cotton candy out of his teeth at the state fair.#ColinKaepernick pic.twitter.com/ZxNzhzsipY
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) November 18, 2019
One Twitter user remarked: “Colin Kaepernick should go play for ISIS. He’ll have to step his game up, cut that kneeling s*** out and just next-level burn our flag with his same enthusiasm.”
Sports broadcaster Jason Whitlock tweeted: “Kap has a small, loud, militant following. They exist exclusively via social media. In the real world, Kap is seen as a lost soul with serious identity issues.”
Kaepernick destroyed his own career by hijacking NFL games when he refused to stand for the national anthem.
Other players later joined the protest, which heavily damaged the the sports league. Fans disgusted by the injection of leftist propaganda into their leisure time boycotted the NFL in droves.
In 2017, Kaepernick drew volcanic backlash amid revelations that he had donated $25,000 to a group that honored convicted cop killer and domestic terrorist Assata Shakur.
After being jailed for murdering New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster in 1973, Shakur broke out of prison and fled to communist Cuba.
Shakur — a member of the militant Black Panthers — was on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List at the time she fled the country.
Kaepernick repeatedly claimed that he stopped standing for the anthem to protest police brutality against black men. But he did nothing when black men were killed by cops (both black and white) during Barack Obama’s eight-year presidency.
Moreover, Kaepernick does not even bother to vote, and says nothing about the countless black-on-black murders that occur every day across the United States.
NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris said his colleagues back in the day would not have tolerated a football player disrespecting the national anthem the way Kaepernick has.
Harris said Kaepernick is free to protest about social issues, but he needs to be professional and do it OFF the football field.
Harris explained that when you’re on the field, you represent your team and are playing for your fans. You should not selfishly hijack an NFL game to virtue-signal.
“If someone has a certain stance that they want to take, that’s fine,” Harris said. “When he puts on that suit, when he steps out on that field, it’s more than just about him. It’s his teammates, it’s the NFL, and it’s the fans.”
Franco Harris echoed the sentiments of fellow NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, who said Kaepernick needs to cut the shenanigans.
The former Cleveland Browns legend — who fought for social issues throughout his career — said Kaepernick’s approach was unprofessional and immature.
“I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American,” Brown said. “I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. This is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner.”
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