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Time names Colin Kaepernick one of the 100 most influential people in the world

It’s an honor that the recipient probably doesn’t really want right now.

Time has named free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick one of the 100 most influential people in the world, via Today.com (by way of SportsBusiness Daily). Kaepernick, who also landed on the cover of Time during the 2016 season, drew considerable attention and respect for his decision not to stand during the National Anthem preceding every NFL game.

The problem is that he also drew scorn and derision from many NFL fans and perhaps plenty of owners, coaches, and executives. It’s widely believed that Kaepernick’s lingering unemployment arises in whole or in part from his decision in 2016 not to stand for the National Anthem.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also appears on the list, along with other sports figures. But Kaepernick’s name stands out the most — primarily because he’s the only one not gainfully employed.

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69 Responses to “Time names Colin Kaepernick one of the 100 most influential people in the world”
  1. redlikethepig says: Apr 20, 2017 10:57 AM

    In the world huh? Right. Thanks for that.

  2. slickdemetrius says: Apr 20, 2017 11:01 AM

    So he’s right in there with Hitler and Manson….

  3. sportoficionado says: Apr 20, 2017 11:04 AM

    No matter how you feel about Kaepernick personally, you have to respect his constitutional right to protest what he believes is unjust. Good on him that he was not simply doing this as a publicity stunt, as many entertainers and athletes have done and continue to do.

  4. Lisa_the_Greek says: Apr 20, 2017 11:04 AM

    This American hero should be #1 on that list.

    Thumbs down if you agree, thumps up if you don’t.

  5. maiphatdong says: Apr 20, 2017 11:06 AM

    influential to who?…certainly not most Americans

  6. jerryyouradisgrace says: Apr 20, 2017 11:06 AM

    influential at killing a fan base

  7. billymutt says: Apr 20, 2017 11:06 AM

    If there was a list of the top 100 self-absorbed turds, he’d be at the top, and rightfully so.

    But this? Absolutely ridiculous. So tired of hearing about this guy.

  8. dawoger says: Apr 20, 2017 11:06 AM

    More liberal nonsense for the left wing loonies to wet their pants over!

  9. factschecker says: Apr 20, 2017 11:07 AM

    Like him or not it’s easy to take a stand when you have nothing to risk and nothing to lose. Taking a stand when you have everything to risk and everything to lose is much harder to do.

    I’m not trying to tell anyone how to feel or react as much as pointing out the difference. Carry on.

  10. collectordude says: Apr 20, 2017 11:07 AM

    No one reads time. They are irrelevant just like kaepernick.

  11. jimnaizeeum says: Apr 20, 2017 11:10 AM

    Why aren’t the guys below signed, they are better and don’t bring as much baggage:
    Adrian Peterson, Sio Moore, Gerald Hodges, Jay Cutler, Jared Odrick…etc.

  12. craniator says: Apr 20, 2017 11:11 AM

    Colin Krapernick.

  13. dwoofer says: Apr 20, 2017 11:11 AM

    Yes, no player ever has single-handedly caused more NFL fans to hate a franchise and a player than he. Influence? Yes. For good? sorry

  14. sdcarpetbagger says: Apr 20, 2017 11:11 AM

    Maybe they’ll give him a job?

  15. 345snarkavenue says: Apr 20, 2017 11:13 AM

    Did Roger Goodell make the list? Seems he has convinced millions of people(and many that comment here) that air in a sealed vessel will maintain a constant pressure despite large temperature variations.

    If that’s not influence, what is?

  16. bigbluefan1 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:13 AM

    He showed how not to be a good employee and how to put himself over his job

    Hence why he is unemployeed

  17. RegisHawk says: Apr 20, 2017 11:17 AM

    Guess they ran out of names and needed fillers.

  18. buckyfan1965 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:17 AM

    Yep, he influenced all the owners not to sign him.

  19. jag1959 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:17 AM

    Time is behind the times. Kaepernick is yesterday’s news

  20. flipola says: Apr 20, 2017 11:18 AM

    Really? Cuz I’d name him one of the top 100 most insignificant people in the world. Right around Bruce Jenner and the “cash me outside” girl.

  21. 6250claimer says: Apr 20, 2017 11:20 AM

    @sportsoficianado: Kap can do whatever he wants to do on his own time, but he has no “constitutional right” to do as he pleases while on the clock, in the company uniform, representing his team and the league.

    As for “entertainers and athletes”, get a clue. Their ridiculous behavior and support for all things far left is how we wound up with Trump in the White House. Americans grew sick and tired of their childish rants. And they continue whining today, long after the election was lost. Anti-Americanism may be popular at universities and on the coasts, but “flyover America” wants no part of it. And Kap is paying the price for his actions.

  22. teal379 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:22 AM

    Don’t you actually have to influence change to be “influential” – tell me, no spin, what’s changed because of him.

    ZERO

  23. fwippel says: Apr 20, 2017 11:23 AM

    LOL! Time is getting pretty desperate to draw attention to itself.

  24. chrisk61 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:24 AM

    …and knowledgeable nfl fans name him one of the 10 least desirable QBs to have on your team

    he has entered not so sacred QB territory…among the likes of charlie clipboard jesus whitehurst, chase daniel, ryan fitzpatrick, ej manuel, geno smith, etc

  25. The Phantom Stranger says: Apr 20, 2017 11:30 AM

    If he’s so influential, why can’t he convince anybody to give him a job?

  26. jonathankrobinson424 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:31 AM

    Come on….is the world TRYING to annoy me?

  27. klutch14u says: Apr 20, 2017 11:31 AM

    10% about the anthem, 90% about being a NFL QB causing distraction. They barely put up with it from other positions but certainly not a QB

  28. alonestartexan says: Apr 20, 2017 11:32 AM

    He seems to have influenced NFL owners, that’s a fact.

  29. jimmysee says: Apr 20, 2017 11:32 AM

    Right behind Alice Cooper!

  30. The Phantom Stranger says: Apr 20, 2017 11:33 AM

    factschecker says:
    Apr 20, 2017 11:07 AM

    Like him or not it’s easy to take a stand when you have nothing to risk and nothing to lose. Taking a stand when you have everything to risk and everything to lose is much harder to do.
    _________

    That’s true, but that doesn’t describe Kaepernick. At the time he started sitting for the national anthem, he was a little-regarded backup quarterback who looked to be at the end of his career. He did this to draw attention to himself and build his brand because nobody was giving him a second thought.

  31. usg1 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:33 AM

    Donald Trump is on the list as well, so for all the libtards that are like “Yeah, Kaep deserves this”….

    So is Kim Jong Un, and Putin, so take this list for what you will.

  32. youbettercallsaul says: Apr 20, 2017 11:34 AM

    ” It’s widely believed that Kaepernick’s lingering unemployment arises in whole or in part from his decision in 2016 not to stand for the National Anthem.”

    —–
    He and Dick Sherman could find a home at MSNBC, CSPAN, or a local cable access gig. Throw in Kraps’ gaping ball and chain for more knee slaps.

  33. Lisa_the_Greek says: Apr 20, 2017 11:36 AM

    dawoger says:
    Apr 20, 2017 11:06 AM

    More liberal nonsense for the left wing loonies to wet their pants over!
    __________________________________

    HEAL the world
    Make it a BETTER place
    For you and for me
    And the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE
    There are PEOPLE dying
    IF YOU CARE enough for the living
    Make it a better place
    For YOU and for ME

  34. kamthechancellor says: Apr 20, 2017 11:39 AM

    LMAO

  35. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 20, 2017 11:39 AM

    All of these ‘tragedies’ since /including Trayvon Martin are hoaxes..

    CRISIS ACTORS!!! To divide and conquer!

    Google “Andy Parker actor”

  36. factschecker says: Apr 20, 2017 11:41 AM

    Yes, no player ever has single-handedly caused more NFL fans to hate a franchise and a player than he.
    ———-
    Ryan Grigson may be in that debate. Then again he is not a “player”.

  37. mikelovesfootball says: Apr 20, 2017 11:42 AM

    Remember this is the same rag that made Hitler “man of the year” in 1939 so clearly they make well informed and rational decisions. This is just another example of that excellent decision making skill.

    Who still reads Time? Talk about irrelevant.

    –Mike

  38. nhpats says: Apr 20, 2017 11:42 AM

    sportoficionado says:
    Apr 20, 2017 11:04 AM
    No matter how you feel about Kaepernick personally, you have to respect his constitutional right to protest what he believes is unjust. Good on him that he was not simply doing this as a publicity stunt, as many entertainers and athletes have done and continue to do.

    ——————

    The Constitution gives nobody the right to protest anything while they are on the job working. Kaep is welcome to do whatever he wants…..on his own time. Ironically, he has plenty of time on his hands now…..yet I have not heard of him protesting anything. Why do you think that is?

  39. kamthechancellor says: Apr 20, 2017 11:42 AM

    Move over MLK…

  40. concmike says: Apr 20, 2017 11:43 AM

    Nobody spends any “Time” reading that waste of paper….the magazine is just a rag for it’s worthless writers to spew fake news and liberal BS…..

    Nobody is calling Colin Kaepernick because he isn’t very good at his job and he thinks kneeling for the National Anthem is a good career builder….hence why he is unemployed….

  41. The Phantom Stranger says: Apr 20, 2017 11:43 AM

    I looked at the list. It’s the usual collection of a handful of actually influential people to go along with the latest liberal darlings.

    I got a kick out of one of the people on the list because they give the name and then the occupation:

    Chance the Rapper, rapper

    Seems like the occupation was unnecessary in that case.

    Signing off,
    The Phantom Stranger, stranger, phantom

  42. atthemurph says: Apr 20, 2017 11:47 AM

    Interesting the the Communist rag Time names a Communist as infuential. I’m surprised Sanders and Obama didn’t lead the list.

  43. titansfan12 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:48 AM

    He sure is influential. Not in a good way, but influential when it comes to not being patriotic or hating police I guess….

    Congrats on your participation trophy.

  44. prideof10000lakes says: Apr 20, 2017 11:48 AM

    I remember back in grade school they used to make us read ‘Time – For Kids’ as a group every week. Every single article.

    Even back then I was able to cognitively determine that it was pure liberal garbage.

    It’s sad that millions of adults can’t do the same today, or simply choose not to.

  45. gammynomnom says: Apr 20, 2017 11:48 AM

    That would explain why the world is so screwed up.

  46. medialovesthecowboys says: Apr 20, 2017 11:48 AM

    Kaepernick (who I’m not a fan of on or off the field) said that his protest was for two things:

    1) Police brutality against visible minorities.
    2) America’s mistreatment of veterans who come home.

    One of those things would cost the US a lot of money to remedy, and somehow, some way, SHOCKINGLY this country’s media machine has managed to ensure the public focuses solely on issue 1.

    Think about this for a second.

  47. townie45 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:49 AM

    More nonsense from the liberal press. Nonetheless, we soldier on.

  48. weepingjebus says: Apr 20, 2017 11:49 AM

    Newsweek sold for $1 but I have a feeling Time Magazine will go for even less.

  49. usg1 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:51 AM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Apr 20, 2017 11:43 AM
    I looked at the list. It’s the usual collection of a handful of actually influential people to go along with the latest liberal darlings.

    I got a kick out of one of the people on the list because they give the name and then the occupation:

    Chance the Rapper, rapper

    Seems like the occupation was unnecessary in that case.

    Signing off,
    The Phantom Stranger, stranger, phantom

    ———————————————————————–

    lol

  50. kylecleric says: Apr 20, 2017 11:55 AM

    Most people, regardless of political leaning, should recognize that he is not one of the top 100 most influential individuals in the world. (Or even America)

  51. tommyribs says: Apr 20, 2017 11:57 AM

    “Tom” Names Colin Kaepernick one of the 100 Biggest morons in America.

  52. tvguy22 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:59 AM

    LOL, ok.

  53. charger383 says: Apr 20, 2017 12:04 PM

    just a list of random names

  54. omeimontis says: Apr 20, 2017 12:05 PM

    Really? Does his protest really have anything to do with his current unemployed status? I thought it was because he is a lousy QB, as most Kap haters were claiming all along. Are they changing tunes, since the numbers (completion %, TD to interception ratio and QB rating) do not support their claim? LOL

  55. joetoronto says: Apr 20, 2017 12:06 PM

    This is oh so liberal.

  56. csidedave says: Apr 20, 2017 12:10 PM

    Well to be fair, he is also one of the top 100 professional quarterbacks in the world too.

  57. txmidnite says: Apr 20, 2017 12:20 PM

    Time Magazine. The rag that has named Adolf Hitler (1938), Joseph Stalin (1939 and 1942), Nikita Khrushchev (1957), and Ayatollah Khomeini (1979) all Man Of The Year. He should fit in nice and snugly with Time’s ideology.

  58. thegreatmorpheos says: Apr 20, 2017 12:23 PM

    True enough, he influenced me and many other to tune out the NFL last season. His “stance” was disrespectful and if he had a decent IQ he would have realized he could have been much more influential about his cause without disrespecting Americans or what our flag represents. He only represents a narcissistic failed NFL QB.

  59. jmac1013 says: Apr 20, 2017 12:25 PM

    txmidnite says:
    Apr 20, 2017 12:20 PM
    Time Magazine. The rag that has named Adolf Hitler (1938), Joseph Stalin (1939 and 1942), Nikita Khrushchev (1957), and Ayatollah Khomeini (1979) all Man Of The Year. He should fit in nice and snugly with Time’s ideology.
    ==============================
    Don’t forget Yasser Arafat (2004).

    It’s called Person of the year now. You’re going to need more sensitivity training. lol

  60. wahoo21 says: Apr 20, 2017 12:31 PM

    Does anybody even read Time magazine ?

  61. sportoficionado says: Apr 20, 2017 12:53 PM

    Yes, it is your constitutional right to protest–it is illegal for an employer to fire you because of your stance as long as you are able to complete the duties of your job as described by the respective HR guidelines–to all the little negative nannies on here, get a life and then get an education before spouting off.

  62. alldonesmith says: Apr 20, 2017 1:01 PM

    Regardless of how you feel about Kaepernick, the inclusion of him (or any other modern professional athlete) on this list is a bit much.

  63. charger383 says: Apr 20, 2017 1:42 PM

    he makes the number 7 look bad

  64. skippernuts says: Apr 20, 2017 1:58 PM

    Largely in part to the 10 Kap articles a day on PFT?

  65. largejk says: Apr 20, 2017 4:58 PM

    Take it easy florio, it is Time, they only put him on there in a sad attempt to sell magazines!!

  66. Ferdinand says: Apr 20, 2017 6:43 PM

    How can Tom Brady be one of the most influential? He doesn’t stand for anything! Seriously. When did he ever take a stand for anything that wasn’t all about himself getting paid?

  67. supguy62 says: Apr 20, 2017 7:22 PM

    Kaepernick has more courage than any of those who disparage his stand. He stands to loose millions, how many of you would stand by your conviction knowning you could loose millions? Not many I am sure!

  68. runtheball says: Apr 20, 2017 9:26 PM

    He influenced 32 teams not to sign him.

  69. absolutevisuals says: Apr 21, 2017 8:01 PM

    “. He did this to draw attention to himself and build his brand because nobody was giving him a second thought.”

    I mean his resume for activism says other wise but lets go with that, because it’s the only thing that you know of.

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