Malcolm Jenkins: Kaepernick protest was “genius”

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Many people have said many things about former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the national anthem throughout the 2016 season. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins recently applied a term that few have.

“Now that you look back at the season and what’s transpired since then, I think Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel or take a seat or to protest the national anthem was genius and worked better than I think he even probably assumed at first,” Jenkins recently told ESPN. “Because here we are a year later and it’s still a topic of conversation, and it sparked a conversation that’s been long-lasting. And since then, guys have really moved into action and have been doing a lot in the community.”

One of the reasons it continues to be a topic of conversation is that Kaepernick continues to be unemployed. And despite the various flawed assumptions and false narratives about Kaepernick’s situation and intentions, the reality is that few if any teams have engaged in the kind of due diligence that happens constantly with available players, perhaps because coaches and executives know they’re wasting their time doing homework on a player their owner will never employ.

And so instead of embracing the chance to improve a given team with a guy whose performance wasn’t nearly as bad last year as the Kaepernick Truthers would insist (16 touchdown passes, four interceptions, 90.7 passer rating, 6.8 yards per pass, 6.8 yards per run), the various teams with needs at the position have ignored him. And while Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on the surface did Kaepernick a favor by declaring him to be “a starter in this league,” Kaepernick is now caught in the gulf between being deemed not good enough to start in some places, and too good to be a backup in others.

The real question becomes whether his name will be included on the list of quarterbacks that teams will call when they suffer injuries at the position. Even if a given team will go “next man up” for the starting job, will Kaepernick be given the chance to backfill the spot on the depth chart?

62 responses to “Malcolm Jenkins: Kaepernick protest was “genius”

  1. Kaepernick wasn’t ‘protesting’ when he sitting through the National Anthem.

    He said that he was sitting because he did not want to stand and give honor to a flag that represents an oppressive nation.

    It wasn’t until people (Dr of sociology at Berkeley and others) talked to him that he changed his stance to “im going to kneel as a protest”.

  2. Florios seriously pipe down with this kaep nonsense. Your white
    apologist attitude is getting flat out pathetic. No one cares about this guy but media people trying to push the agenda. Just stop and start talking about players in this league. The guy is washed up and has no value to add so what’s point in signing a distraction.

  3. How did he do at Chicago?

    he must of made most of his stats that day.
    (16 touchdown passes, four interceptions, 90.7 passer rating, 6.8 yards per pass, 6.8 yards per run)

  4. It is not genius. It was a divisive stance that angered evryone on both sides. It’s everything that has gone wrong with this country the past decade.

    Only an absolute fool would think this was a good idea. It cost him, cost his teammates, the fans , and the public. I hope I never see this type of self destructive unpatriotic nonsense again.

    The lies that the police prey on innocent black men is an absolute fantasy. They do things, see things, and resolve things none of us have the balls to deal with. I’m grateful for what they do regardless of what anyone else thinks.

    Kap is an American traitor and should be treated as such.

  5. I wonder if you would be jumping on the band wagon of a player who said they supported PRESIDENT TRUMP and his immigration ban and could not get a job? the fact is that if a team signs this guy they would have to change their offense to fit his skills and how many teams want to revamp everything for a guy who was not good enough to beat out Blaine Gabbert?

  6. May have been genius but it sure isn’t putting any bread in his bank account. I don’t see Nike or Gatorade or “whoever” rushing to have this guy endorse their products because of his genius move.

  7. Perhaps Malcolm Jenkins should join Kap and become a “genius” also. Surely the oppressed masses will come to your rescue.

  8. His socks with cartoon pigs wearing police uniforms were as bad as the knee during the anthem. If he wants to make a difference and he remains unemployed, he should put his life on the line and be a cop.

  9. CK will regret his decision years from now if not already. Most of America was aware of the racial issues happening at the time and did not need a football player to raise awareness.

  10. No it wasn’t genius at all, actually quite the opposite. When you anger alot of people with a protest you don’t create change, you actually promote racism. Pissing people off isn’t how you get them to like you or respect you. Too bad alot of people in his position don’t understand. I bet one day he rolled out of bed and decided to do it. This couldn’t have been something he thought about for awhile because then he’d be even more of an idiot. Atleast i hope he didn’t put too much thought into it. Standing for the flag is to show respect for all the people who have fought and died for our country. It should never be used as a form of protest, it just isn’t right. There is black men who have fought and died not just white. I do believe many times cops have been in the wrong and abused power but i also believe many times people just don’t do what they are told and end up being shot for it.

  11. As a black military war veteran who played college football, I find it sadly funny when certain segments of white people only complain about black athletes yet can’t get enough of the 70% black NFL.

  12. Malcolm Jenkins, locker room lawyer…..smartest man in the room…. Just ask him.

  13. @nflviewer

    I’m not complaining about black athletes… I’m complaining about that black athlete. The other 70% you refer to is a-okay with me for the most part. But by all means continue your agenda regarding white folks.

    Thank you for your service!

  14. Pete Carroll: Kaepernick is a starter in this league
    Translation: man, I hope someone else signs him so I can stop answering questions.

    Hue Jackson: Hey, Brock Osweiler has really improved
    Translation: maybe some sucker will give us a 3rd or 4th round pick for him.

    anyone: the sun came up this morning
    Translation: NFL coaches and GMs are lying about whatever players they mention.

  15. Who cares? Kaepernick has been irrelevant for at least a couple years. He will not be back as a starter anywhere in the NFL. Not to mention, he was never any good. Anyone who thinks he is a good quarterback doesn’t know enough about football to have an opinion on any part of the game.

  16. black military war veteran who played college football, I find it sadly funny when certain segments of white people only complain about black athletes yet can’t get enough of the 70% black NFL.

    I find your comment enherently racist and filled with prejudice. To assume that people are crapping on CK because he is black makes you a liberal idiot.
    People are just as critical of white athletes..but as you mentioned, in a league that is 70% percent, doesn’t it seem as the odds would be in the favor of blacks getting into more trouble collectively?

    I’m sure in the military you kneeled or showed your disapproval of the anthem but more than likely this only became an issue because CK decided he was ungrateful to be raised by whites when blacks didn’t want him.
    Thanks for helping to
    Keep racism alive. MAybe you should clean up your own yard before knocking on your neighbors door.

  17. He directly contributed to the current Presidents victory and it was an empty statement by a washed up QB. Tommie Smith and John Carlos were at the top of their sport when they made their statement.

  18. “And so instead of embracing the chance to improve a given team whose performance wasn’t nearly as bad last year as the Kaepernick Truthers would insist ”

    Same can be said for:
    Greg Hardy
    Ray Rice
    Jay Cutler
    Tony Romo

    P.S. When I was a kid, I thought a certain QB was better than what people were saying about him, how bad he was. I’d look at his stats and think “how can people say he’s bad? Look at his stats!”

    But somewhere along the way I learned that padding your stats in the final 10 minutes of a blowout when teams were in a prevent defense, did not make for a good QB.

    Thus, one had to actually see the QB play to get a clear picture.

    From what I’ve heard, CK was pretty good in the first half but bad in the second half. Failing to perform in the second half doesn’t look good on ones film.

  19. All anyone ever mentions with him is that he knelt down during the Anthem. A bunch of other currently employed players also did that. Maybe it was the pig socks, saying police get no more training than hairdressers, “protesting” oppression and then extolling the wonderfulness of Fidel Castro while wearing a shirt with the benevolent president on it. None of the others players did those things. Put it all together and add in a skill set that doesn’t translate into most team’s system, the ensuing circus that will follow him to his new team, and the risk of alienating a good portion of a team’s fan base and you have Kap sitting unemployed.

  20. look at all the crybabies on here whining about Kaepernick. They say they don’t care about him, as they click on the story, scroll down to the bottom and type out a comment. Really shows how much they don’t care lol. worked like a charm.

  21. @jasons81
    You do not have to explain anything. Blacks LOVE pulling the race card. His comment was pure racism at its finest

    In short ? Colin Kaepernick pissed off white America. It’s short and simple. He knew exactly what the reactions to his side show would bring and he is financially sound enough not to care

    All the players were missing moons following a leader. You take your everyday black person earning a living and in no way shape or form will they do something like this knowing they would lose their job

    To my recollection the only black billionaire in the United States is Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan. Now let me pull a race card. Let one of them buy an NFL and employ this clownboy because he ain’t playing in the NFL ever again IMO

  22. So we have Donald Trump as President, and about a dozen white cops murdered in cold blood from ambush by social justice warriors. Genius, Squid, genius.

  23. Wow that’s horrible! Kap is a traitor?… I’ve been out of the country for awhile..What did he do? All this vitriol and hatred being spewed, it Must be really bad. Is Kap cavorting with the Russians or something traitorous like that?

  24. You found someone dumber than Kaepernick. It’s genius he flushed his career down the toilet and everyone thinks he is a moron.

  25. Oppressed? 94.6 mil people are not working and on the file. That almost 1/3 of the country. The other 2/3 have to bust there asses to pay for the 3rd that won’t. The oppressed are the ones with jobs.

  26. flavordave says:
    Jun 3, 2017 6:05 PM
    It is not genius. It was a divisive stance that angered evryone on both sides. It’s everything that has gone wrong with this country the past decade.

    Only an absolute fool would think this was a good idea. It cost him, cost his teammates, the fans , and the public. I hope I never see this type of self destructive unpatriotic nonsense again.

    The lies that the police prey on innocent black men is an absolute fantasy. They do things, see things, and resolve things none of us have the balls to deal with. I’m grateful for what they do regardless of what anyone else thinks.

    Kap is an American traitor and should be treated as such.
    _______

    “It’s everything that has gone wrong with this country the past decade…”

    To be specific, it’s everything thing that has gone with the country over the past 8 years.

  27. Most of you guys need to take a chill pill. Kap has every right to protest by kneeling during the anthem. I personally wouldn’t do it but it’s his right to do so and that is, in part, what makes America a great country.

  28. shlort says:
    Jun 3, 2017 7:25 PM
    “…Not to mention, he was never any good. Anyone who thinks he is a good quarterback doesn’t know enough about football to have an opinion on any part of the game.”

    Not true on two counts.
    1. He unleashed relentless wrath upon gb.
    2. I know football. I witnessed him doing such unleashing.

  29. What a pity that his campaign worked.

    He’s unemployed.

    Oddly, since we changed Presidents, we don’t have all these black killings anymore.

    I think punting the race-baiter changed things more than Colon Krappernick squatting instead of standing.

  30. Kappernick didn’t vote. So much of the Civil Rights Movement was about THE VOTE. Kappernick claims he is a civil rights activist, but he didn’t vote? That’s a slap in the face of REAL civil rights activists’ of the past.

    The dude is a fraud who just wanted attention and wanted to play the victim card. Now he is out of a job. Congrats. Hope he knew how to take care of his money.

    If my team, the Vikings, signed him, I would root for the Packers.

  31. Kap kneeling isn’t a sign of what’s wrong with this country, it’s the people who get offended and mad at a silent protest that has zero effect on them, their lives, or anybody they know. You’re life would be no different whether he stood for the anthem, or wiped his ass with the flag. You have anger issues. Maybe your time would be better spent figuring out why you are so angry about something that has zero negative effect on anybody whatsoever.

  32. Didn’t know Kap was black until someone told me. Regardless, always saw him as some kid who collects shoes. Not a deep thinker worthy of my attention. For me, his cause would be best served by his absence from it.

  33. To all the Anthem worshipping, blind eye turning, no perspective having, red white and blue modern day Confederate snowflakes:

    Most of the athletes you cheer on Sundays respect (even agreee with) Kaepernick’s stance- and the cold hard fact that he’s done (and continues to do) more for people with real problems, real needs than 99% percent of his detractors makes it all the more powerful. Dress it up how you want, he’s not getting gigs because some folks just can’t take looking in the mirror.

    What are you so afraid of? What actual, tangible harm comes from listening to the man or truly considering those for whom he protests?

    You wanna make America great “again”? Do what Great Men and Women do and… try. Look past the rhetoric for a week. Take off the goggles and look around! Know that even if you don’t, the ball is rolling. This country will never be the way precious revisionist memories so desperately long for… and with good reason! Be on the right side of history!

  34. Exactly, Malcolm!

    It’s ironic that Colin sacrificed personal riches for the greater good, yet the majority of posters here think he’s worse than Joe Mixon or Adrian Peterson. And that has nothing to do with talent or the ability to help your team win. It has to do with personal hatred for Kapernick (while looking the other way on Greg Hardy because he can “play”).

    I just want to ask those people, “Why?”

    Why do you hate Kaepernick so much? Because he participated in a non-violent protest that you don’t personally agree with? I’m glad we live in a society where people can express different views.

  35. Kaepernick altered his description of his kneeling after advice from a couple of different individuals.

    He is not employed because of his limited And declining skill set. His stats from last year are artificially inflated due to pass completions/scoring during “garbage time” when his team had no chance of winning.

    Name one team that would be be in a better position to win with Kaepernick as their starter or backup.

  36. war veteran who played college football

    ————–
    Said by every person I served with…sure you did, JV Community College no doubt!!

  37. thetwilightsown says:
    Jun 4, 2017 3:56 AM
    To all the Anthem worshipping, blind eye turning, no perspective having, red white and blue modern day Confederate snowflakes:
    ———————
    Nice try at copying Dennis Miller’s act, also looks like you’re calling out a made up person, AND what are you doing for society???

  38. It is painfully obvious that Florio and many of his compatriots will NEVER get this.

    Kaepernick made his choice, and is living with the consequences of that choice. What is wrong with that? Kaepernick has every right to kneel and protest to his heart’s content, and the owners and coaches have every right to take his behavior into consideration before signing him. The rest of the teams in the league have every right to decide whether the distraction he brings with him is worth the contributions he may make.

    What Florio and the rest of the liberals in the sports media don’t understand is this: most football fans do not view America the same way they or Kaepernick view it. We’re not interested in listening to a multimillionaire athlete trash the nation that made him rich, and trash our nation’s law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day. The owners understand this, and that, Mr. Florio, is why Kaepernick remains unemployed.

  39. Count me among those who have come around to backing Kaepernick on not only his right, but his duty to speak out

    Initially I felt he was un-American.

    Since then I’ve seen 46% of America vote for someone who clearly wants to Make America Hate Again. And THAT is what is truly un-American – not expressing and using one’s right to free speech.

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