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With the National Football League having now completely sold outs its fans and bent the knee to the radical Black Lives Matter lobby, a new push has emerged to bring disgraced former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick back onto the field.
As of Sunday morning, two days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had issued a groveling statement denouncing the league’s former actions against national anthem protesters, the Internet was littered with columns calling for Kaepernick’s return:
- Forbes: “If Roger Goodell Is Serious, Then He Needs To Get Colin Kaepernick Back In The NFL Now”
- Sports Illustrated: “Dear NFL: Give Colin Kaepernick His Job Back, Then We’ll Talk”
- NBC Sports: “Colin Kaepernick Could Help Five NFL Teams If They’d Give Him Contract”
- Star Tribune: “A strong Statement Is Needed, And The Vikings Signing Colin Kaepernick Would Do It”
- The Cincinnati Enquirer: “Opinion: NFL Has A Chance To Be On Right Side of History. Bring Kaepernick Back”
- CNN: “Now Is The Moment To Sign Colin Kaepernick”
Some former players had joined the chorus as well.
“I don’t know if the NFL owes him anything, but he at least deserves an opportunity to play football if he wants to,” retired NFL player and Hall of Famer Warren Moon said during an interview Saturday with TMZ.
“He’s been away for the game for three years now. I know he’s really involved in this crusade of his with social injustice. … And if he’s willing to play football and put the time in it’s going to take to be a quarterback in the NFL, he definitely deserves an opportunity to get that, because he was definitely misinterpreted four years ago with his stand.”
It’s not clear how behavior like this was “misinterpreted”:
Colin Kaepernick is now wearing socks depicting the police as pigs. pic.twitter.com/C1D809YSR2
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 1, 2016
Eric Reid & Colin Kaepernick kneeling during National Anthem tonight pic.twitter.com/t687vLpG7q
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 13, 2016
As for Kaepernick’s “crusade with social injustice,” it’s involved him donating to groups that honor convicted cop killers such as domestic terrorist Assata Shakur, purposefully not participating in America’s elections and pulling off failed PR stunts.
The former 49ers QB became a pariah when he began disrespecting the flag four years ago by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. The “protests” were designed to shine a light on systemic police racism and brutality, which is a myth.
But this fact hasn’t stopped racial grievance mongers from exploiting the recent death of Minneapolis black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer to complain about racism and claim that Kaepernick had somehow been right to “protest.”
“How many times do we need to ask you to listen to your players? What will it take? For one of us to be murdered by police brutality? We will not be silenced. We assert our right to peacefully protest. It shouldn’t take this long to admit,” a batch of 15 current NFL players said in a joint “PSA” published late last week.
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) June 5, 2020
Note how the PSA referenced Mike Brown, who’d been justifiably killed by a police officer, according to an investigation by the Obama administration. The PSA also referenced Trayvon Martin, whose death hadn’t even involved any police officers.
Kaepernick was eventually booted and ostracized from the NFL because it’s a business that aims to earn a profit and entertain fans, not lead so-called “social injustice” campaigns. And it just so happened that his antics were hurting its bottom line.
Because of the uproar over Floyd’s horrific death and the reemergence of Obama-era-like racial politics, however, the NFL has reversed course on everything.
“We the National Football League condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Commissioner Goodell said in a statement Friday. “We the National Football League admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We the National Football League believe Black Lives Matter.”
He added that going forward, the NFL will now support anthem protests.
“I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country,” the NFL commissioner added.
“Without black players, there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff.”
The groveling statement wasn’t well-received — not only by those disgusted by the league’s capitulation, but also by those who demand the NFL now kowtow to Kaepernick as well and bring him back out onto the field.
So now bring back Kaepernick https://t.co/C2RoJ8ayuH
— Benjamin Lowy (@benlowy) June 6, 2020
I’ll believe the NFL is sorry for their past criticism of protests when they rehire Colin Kaepernick and pay him his back salary. #NFL
— David Hoffman (@atDavidHoffman) June 7, 2020
Michael Vick didn’t play for a few years because he was in jail. He came back and was great. McCown played until the age of 40. Kaepernick is healthy and he can be explosive for a team. At the very least as a solid backup.
— Wajahat “Social Distance Yourself” Ali (@WajahatAli) June 6, 2020
So can Kaepernick get his career back now?
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) June 6, 2020
I’m sorry, does Colin Kaepernick have a job and several years of back pay now that you’re admitting you kept him out due to racial and political discrimination?
— Jessica Ellis (@baddestmamajama) June 6, 2020
Now bring Kaepernick back if you truly mean that….
— Oliver Maroney (@OMaroneyBIG3) June 5, 2020
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