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NFL teams have their minds made up on Kaepernick; could only a call from the Commissioner change it?

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As free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick resumes the waiting game, he could be waiting a while. And while the break he needs could involve a tibia or fibula belonging to a current starter, there’s one potential path to a roster that doesn’t entail injury.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News believes that a call from Commissioner Roger Goodell could get the job done, presumably if Goodell has something to unofficially dangle in return for getting one of the league’s franchises to give Kaepernick a chance. Myers points to rumors that Goodell persuaded Rams coach Jeff Fisher to use a seventh-round pick on defensive end Michael Sam in 2014. (After the Rams cut Sam, Peter King reported that the league called around to get a team to take Sam onto the practice squad; the Cowboys eventually did.)

Of course, before Goodell could get involved, he’d have to admit there’s a problem. When he addressed the situation last month at the May ownership meeting, he didn’t seem to be concerned that anything was amiss.

“Each team makes individual decisions on how they can improve their team,” Goodell said at the time. “If they see an opportunity to improve their team they do it. They evaluate players. They evaluate systems and coaches. They all make those individual decisions to try and improve their team.”

It’s likely going to take arm twisting from Park Avenue to get Kaepernick a gig because, as Drew Magary of Deadspin aptly notes, the NFL has made up its mind about Kaepernick — regardless of how flimsy or embellished or flat-out false the reasons repeatedly leaked to willing media members may be. And it’s gone beyond members of the media happily passing along untruths without scrutiny. Multiple members of the media are actively involved in making an aggressive football-based case against signing Kaepernick to be a starter or a backup, less than a year after he overcame three offseason surgeries, weight loss arising from those three surgeries, offseason dysfunction arising from his desire for a fresh start, a new system to learn once trade opportunities fell through, and a roster devoid of significant talent to throw for 16 touchdown passes against four interceptions, generate a passer rating higher than 90, and average 6.8 yards per throw and 6.8 yards per run.

“I’m not here to make the statistical argument for Kaepernick, and I’m not here to make the moral argument for him either,” Magary writes. “I’m just here to say that I give up, and that any valid argument made on his behalf is a waste of time when presented to a league that has already decided to wash its hands of him. You may as well be arguing with a f–king wall.”

He’s right, and that’s ultimately the thing that bothers me the most. It’s impossible to have a fair and honest debate about the propriety of the real reasons for shunning Kaepernick when the goalposts are constantly on grocery-cart wheels regarding the various phony ones. Is it right or wrong to ignore a guy due to fears of alienating those fans who don’t like what he did? Is it right or wrong to decline to give a player a platform on which he may express political views that conflict with those of the owner of the team? If no one will ever admit that this is what’s happening, the argument for or against it never fully develops.

Everyone who covers the NFL has (or at least should have) a role, a niche. (I prefer the fancier pronunciation.) One of mine is to try to call out BS when I see or hear it. I did it with the various logical and factual flaws arising from the Saints bounty scandal. I did it with the ridiculous cap penalties imposed on Dallas and Washington for treating the uncapped year as uncapped. I did it with #DeflateGate. I do it whenever the NFL suddenly enforces against one team a rule that otherwise is violated by many of them.

And for those of you who think I have Kaepernick’s initials tattooed on my bicep, I also did it when Kaepernick’s former agents leaked to willing members of the media contract details that were flimsy, embellished, and flat-out false. Kaepernick and his former agents weren’t happy about it. Kaepernick may still be miffed about it, nearly three years later. But the stories about what his contract was worth were BS, and the tales being told now about why he’s not in the NFL are equally BS.

Because there are enough members of the media willing to tolerate and/or to not push back against the BS — and because fans who don’t like Kaepernick either aren’t bothered by it or are willing to gobble it up, despite the deleterious effect on one’s breath — the NFL has no qualms about hunkering down, taking the relatively mild heat (this is an unlit sparkler in comparison to the Ray Rice conflagration), and waiting for people like Myers, Magary, and me to move on to something else. Because eventually we will. Because eventually there’s nothing more than can be said about a man who is unfairly being denied a chance to make a living in his chosen field, for reasons that remain conveniently concealed.

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  1. ketch20too says: Jun 7, 2017 8:05 PM

    “I’m just here to say that I give up, and that any valid argument made on his behalf is a waste of time when presented to a league that has already decided to wash its hands of him. You may as well be arguing with a f–king wall.”

    You could learn from that statement. You are howling at the moon. No one wants him and it doesn’t matter what argument you use to try to change their minds. No one wants him, so he will not get signed. Enough already with the endless Kap (non)stories Love your site, but seriously…

  2. truthfactory says: Jun 7, 2017 8:11 PM

    Sorry, but this article is pure garbage. Kappernick is not unemplyed because of false reports of his monatary demands. If that were the hold up, teams would be calling him to clarify. But there not…. because that is not the variable that is stopping them from signing him. It’s because he alienated the vast majority of fans, and he wasn’t very good. Bad combination.

    Last year this website praised Kapernick for “exercising his right to peaceful protest and free speech”.

    This year, owners and GM’s are exercising their own right to pass on him and not want to be involved with him. Where is the praise for them exercising their rights???

  3. oxrageous says: Jun 7, 2017 8:19 PM

    Is there some law that says an employer has to hire someone they don’t like? I still don’t get your argument. Even if all the owners are shunning him because they hate his politics, so what?

  4. kcinca2003 says: Jun 7, 2017 8:20 PM

    “a man who is unfairly being denied a chance to make a living in his chosen field”

    Quite a stretch and sensationalized statement. Kaep can still make a nice living playing football in Canada if they’ll hire him. Or the Arena league, if they’ll hire him. I’m pretty sure that while the pay is significantly less than the NFL, you can still eek out a living playing in those leagues.

    CFL averages about 80K for all players, and $400K a year for QBs.

    Arena league averages the same, 80K, for all players, though this is inflated by their stars as with any league.

    If he doesn’t want to work playing football, it’s not only because the NFL doesn’t want him.

  5. truthfactory says: Jun 7, 2017 8:23 PM

    ” Because eventually there’s nothing more than can be said about a man who is unfairly being denied a chance to make a living in his chosen field, for reasons that remain conveniently concealed.”
    —-

    How is it “unfair”?? He was free to take a stand and make a political statement and alienate the majority of NFL fans and he did so at his own choosing. Which means it’s fair that he has to deal with the reprecussions of that.

    There are many things that I could do that are “Legal”, but would jeapordize my career and my ability to land a new job if it became public. It is on me to decide if I want to do it and deal with the consequences (ie, become un-hirable). Nothing “unfair” about that.

  6. ZombieVikings says: Jun 7, 2017 8:24 PM

    There is nothing more to be said….period.

  7. blackqbwhiterb says: Jun 7, 2017 8:25 PM

    Business owners have a right to do what they feel is in the best interest of their business. If they think he’s bad for business it’s not unfair to not hire him. It’d be unfair to force said business owner to do something that’s bad for his business. If he succeeds elsewhere on a team willing to give him a shot, the first guy loses out. But that’s fair. When YOU invest YOUR capital in an enterprise, YOU should have the final say!

  8. phuzzball says: Jun 7, 2017 8:26 PM

    I can’t believe we still have to hear about this guy. Personally, I believe he was kneeling because he was butt-hurt that he got benched, and when he was asked about it, he couldn’t say “I was pouting.” So he just said “uh…I can’t stand because of the injustices in America.” He made it up on the fly, like a pageant contestant does when they don’t know what kind of question is coming. How have so many people fallen for this false narrative that he really had an agenda? If he did, he would have announced it for the whole world to see.

  9. lthacker28shackman28 says: Jun 7, 2017 8:26 PM

    PFT has acted like Kap’s agent or PR agency for months now. Give us a break. He made his decisions last season, now he reaps his rewards.
    He deserves nothing from the owners of private companies (NFL owners). If they don’t want to hire him, that is their prerogative. If you PFT (NBC) don’t like it, then go buy a team and run it any way you want. Let him go become the social justice warrior he really wants to be.

  10. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 7, 2017 8:28 PM

    I think Kaep is definitely good enough to merit another chance somewhere, but as I’ve stated in the past, no team wants him whispering in other players ears about social injustice and how they should do something about it, quite possibly causing another controversy, and thus a distraction.

    Nor do they want the fallout of signing him, since he p’d off so many fans.

    Nor do they want to take the chance that he’ll resume his protest if something unfortunate makes the news involving another police shooting.

    I don’t think any of it has to do with the owner’s political persuasions either, since quite a few are liberal minded as well, and they don’t want to touch him either, for the same reasons why Conservative minded owners won’t.

    He made his bed, he must lay in it, and nobody can help him.

    P.S. He used to look like Superman, which was intriguing, but now he looks like a scrawny vegan hipster, which doesn’t help.

  11. greg2geez says: Jun 7, 2017 8:28 PM

    Colin Kaepernick is an object lesson on the consequences of exercising free speech in a nation of cowards.

  12. otheirony says: Jun 7, 2017 8:29 PM

    I can’t get over the lunacy of this article. So, life isn’t fair?? Wow. Who’d have guessed. Nothing more than office politics.

    We only HAVE to die, and unless we’re a czar in pres.44’s cabinet, pay taxes. That’s it.

  13. phuzzball says: Jun 7, 2017 8:30 PM

    In my previous post, I said he was kneeling — but I meant to point out that in the first instance, he was just sitting on the bench…pouting. He didn’t start kneeling until it became a story. So if you’re “sitting” in protest, why change it later? The answer is because the only thing he was “protesting” initially is that he was benched.

  14. canetic says: Jun 7, 2017 8:32 PM

    Stop trying to make Colin Kaepernick happen. He’s not going to happen.

  15. packerfanwi1028 says: Jun 7, 2017 8:36 PM

    Really, enough already.

  16. aliveguy24 says: Jun 7, 2017 8:41 PM

    Guess the commish should take up RG3’s case too.
    Oh wait, Griffin is a republican. Must be why there’s not 3.5 pieces a day about him

  17. turkburger says: Jun 7, 2017 8:43 PM

    It is pretty easy for any employer to understand. The amount of agony and is a PITA is inversely proportional to how talented he is. So, if a guy is Tom Brady, you put up with a lot. If you are Colin, you put up with less. Let’s also not ignore teams are not supposed to contact him through his agent but he’s spiritual advisor/social justice warrior activist. That really sells teams on him wanting to be an NFL player. Yup, can’t see why teams are just lining up. Let’s also not ignore his alleged numbers as his team was getting their doors blown off.

  18. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jun 7, 2017 8:49 PM

    greg2geez says:
    Jun 7, 2017 8:28 PM

    Colin Kaepernick is an object lesson on the consequences of exercising free speech in a nation of cowards.
    ______________________________

    This makes no sense to me. Please elaborate?

  19. n0hopeleft says: Jun 7, 2017 8:58 PM

    Colin has spoken. America spoke louder.

  20. grogansheroes says: Jun 7, 2017 9:01 PM

    I don’t see what the big deal is? Vince Young was rookie of the year, and out of the league in three years. Same with matt Leinart. Kapernick is a running QB in a passing league. Teams don’t want that kind of QB. You need to have two or three because they are going to get hurt.
    And his protest makes him untouchable. You make your bed, now sleep in it.

  21. kayes says: Jun 7, 2017 9:06 PM

    Kap is definitely being blackballed. How can a guy like Geno Smith get a job and Kap cant?

  22. I prefer my Crush to be Orange says: Jun 7, 2017 9:12 PM

    Imagine if somebody suggested an NFL team HAD to sign Tim Tebow. Just imagine that. See, it’s ok when it happens to fit your little political narrative. Freedom of association, dog…… and it looks like there isn’t a team that wants to associate with this clown.

  23. senatorblutarsky says: Jun 7, 2017 9:20 PM

    NFL teams have their minds made up on Kaepernick; could only a call from the Commissioner change it?
    _____________________

    Uhhh, no.

  24. mancini199 says: Jun 7, 2017 9:25 PM

    What team wants a back up QB that comes with a media circus? None.. pretty easy to understand why he isn’t in the NFL. He made his bed now he must lay in it

  25. mroshay says: Jun 7, 2017 9:32 PM

    Enough already, no one gives a crap about the Crapernick stories. If he was good he would already have a freakin job.

  26. San Diego Sportswire says: Jun 7, 2017 9:33 PM

    I reaffirm that this is the dumbest country around based on commenters’ lack of understanding this world. This is what happens when the GOP underfunds education for 3 generations!

  27. tjacks7 says: Jun 7, 2017 9:45 PM

    If the commissioner is influencing roster decisions then this league is even more corrupt than I thought it was.

  28. charger383 says: Jun 7, 2017 9:52 PM

    Goodell is smart enough to see this guy is bad for NFL, If he was signed 1,000 or more fans will be mad for ever 1 that might be glad

  29. charger383 says: Jun 7, 2017 9:54 PM

    As PFT likes to point out Goodell works for 32 owners, none of those32 want kap on their team

  30. patjvike says: Jun 7, 2017 9:56 PM

    Freedom.. Freedom.. Free Speech..

    If we condemn one for speaking out.. we have to condemn the press and the ignorant who do not read or understand the Constitution/Bill of Rights..

    Welcome to the NFL’s Part of NWO….

    WE as a Country are in big trouble when people are denied their rights in the work place.. How is this not slavery??

    History repeating its self?? Have we forgotten the Declaration of Independence? Read it! The whole thing..

    Nothing political about the truth..

    Think it through..

    Any critical thinking person who can read the “handwriting on the wall” can see what has happened here. The powers that be love how most people have ignorantly reacted..

    Read more than headlines.. Do some real due diligence.

  31. varangia says: Jun 7, 2017 9:58 PM

    The SF owner should have straightened out Kap when he first started doing this. The order to Kap is clear and goes like this:

    “You don’t have freedom of speech at work. Period. If you want to protest out on the public square, then you have every right to do that. Standing for the national anthem is part of your job and expected of every member of the team.”

    If SF team had not been so wimpy, they could’ve intervened at the beginning and saved Kap from himself.

  32. tjacks7 says: Jun 7, 2017 10:02 PM

    Is it right or wrong to ignore a guy due to fears of alienating those fans who don’t like what he did?

    It is right.

    Is it right or wrong to decline to give a player a platform on which he may express political views that conflict with those of the owner of the team?

    Again, it is right.

    Burning questions answered, we can finally let this go.

  33. rjmjets says: Jun 7, 2017 10:08 PM

    Why would any team want a backup QB that is a selfish child that will do anything to get a camera pointed at him. Also In the real world individuals that want to get involved in political activism must do it on their own time and not at their employers expense.

  34. hitit49 says: Jun 7, 2017 10:08 PM

    49er fan here and am very glad his fireball throwing, no pocket presence, get sacked master is gone. He could do what ever he wants when 95% of the roster and 70K fans stand. He doesn’t matter, who cares?

  35. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 7, 2017 10:12 PM

    The 49ers were a better team with Blaine Gabbert at QB than Kaepernick the past two seasons that they split starting duties. They had a better record under Gabbert, scored about 5 more points per game on average, and gave up fewer points pre game on average. It’s a team sport, not a showcase for individuals to pad their statistics in meaningless situations. Which is all Squid did last season.

    Blaine signed a one year vet minimum contract to back up Carson Palmer and maybe Drew Stanton in Arizona. He’s a couple years younger than Kap, healthier, and a much more positive influence in the dressing room. Plus he hasn’t been spoiled by a fat contract and a lot of misplaced adulation. Why should there be a great demand for Kaepernick?

  36. bartpkelly says: Jun 7, 2017 10:13 PM

    Is it right or wrong to decline to give a player a platform…

    Yes, this was determined a long time ago when the Bears QB McMahon couldn’t wear a headband with a logo, and the wrong socks are fined.

    Kaep wasn’t fined by the league but it seems teams are doing it in a different way

  37. bartpkelly says: Jun 7, 2017 10:20 PM

    In the news I have seen people losing their jobs because of their choice of Halloween costume at a party for 40 people.

    Lose their job because of a photo of them being drunk.

    Lose their job because of a bad joke or tweet.

    Kaep didn’t get fired and I agree with the comment on RG3…Hasn’t that rookie of the year done enough to deserve tryouts? Is it racism?

    probably not…

  38. joey49er says: Jun 7, 2017 10:23 PM

    The guy is not a good qb!!! The 49ers were booed every road game over this clown. He only won one game all yr. and he opted out of his contract. Good riddance!!

  39. raideralex99 says: Jun 7, 2017 10:38 PM

    Vince Young
    Sam Michael
    Jonathan Martin

    Seriously these players have a shot of making the NFL and when they are cut or not resigned the media is trying to imply racism … shame on you.
    Now you can delete this in 5 …. 4…. 3 …. 2 …. 1

  40. ibillwt says: Jun 7, 2017 10:41 PM

    If Kapernick were really good enough he’d be signed.

    BUT, I will give you your due Florio. You were the only media member with the guts to call b.s. on that railroad job some jealous owners had their puppet do on Brady.

    For that I am grateful and will just respectfully disagree on Kapernick.

  41. dudeicle says: Jun 7, 2017 10:45 PM

    The dude shat in his own bed and now he’s rolling around in it. Boohoo.

  42. GenXJ says: Jun 7, 2017 11:10 PM

    I don’t like the cut of his jib. Gotta problem with that Florio?

  43. thetigerleg says: Jun 7, 2017 11:23 PM

    SF defense was 32nd in the league. Is it possible that Kaepernick ran up those stats in garbage time? Calling Lil John. “YEAH-AH!”

  44. charger383 says: Jun 8, 2017 12:01 AM

    we do not want to see him play in the NFL and that is all

  45. JP says: Jun 8, 2017 2:18 AM

    Florio’s points on the Kap matter is well founded and essentially proven when Seattle signed Davis over Kap. The only thing that Davis had over Kap was the fact Davis stood for the national anthem last year and Kap didn’t.

    Carrol comes out and basically justifies the move by contradicting everything he preaches normally (competition is good) and saying Kap is too good to be a backup.

    If the NFL is going to black-ball Kap they shouldn’t go to efforts selling false stories or reporters like Florio will be all over it in the off-season.

  46. rugolin says: Jun 8, 2017 4:33 AM

    Well let’s look at Kaepernick’s historic Won-Loss record: 28-30 just below Tony Eason and just above Rex Grossman. In his last two seasons with 19 games played, he is 3-16. Let us repeat that. He is 3-16 while Andrew Luck who is playing by himself without help is 16-14. Let us look at the stats for 2016. In 11 starts he had 8 games with just 200 yards or less and one game with 4 yds in offense if you don’t count sacks which would make it -21 yd offense. The guy is just not a good starting quarterback and too much of an attention hound and spotlight grabber to be a reliable back up in a league where no team wants to have to change their whole offensive playbook for him a la Tim Tebow. Maybe the coaches and GM know better and they don’t get paid by clicks but by wins.

  47. monarch76 says: Jun 8, 2017 7:01 AM

    It is a business. Fans don’t want this guy on their team. We feel he protests dead soldiers. I don’t want an avowed racist on my team either. Or a guy who beats women.

  48. 1american1st says: Jun 8, 2017 7:50 AM

    I’ll bet San Fran fans are still dancing in the streets since Kapperdick’s exit.

    Hey Kapperdick! You can be mad at politicians, police or any other group, but YOU disrespected our entire country! Go play games in a foreign country, creep.

  49. tformation says: Jun 8, 2017 8:24 AM

    ” Because eventually there’s nothing more than can be said about a man who is unfairly being denied a chance to make a living in his chosen field, for reasons that remain conveniently concealed.”

    “Unfairly?” Really?

    It is unfair that he offended a bunch of NFL fans and players, and now has to live with the consequences? That’s “unfair?”

    That sounds like justice to me.

    You bite the hand that feeds you, you stop getting fed.

    I’ll watch any NFL game with Kaep in it (in hell, wearing a gasoline suit, if necessary), but, seriously, if you want to keep this sort of silliness up Kaep, you’re not going to be able to do it while collecting an NFL paycheck.

  50. collectordude says: Jun 8, 2017 8:50 AM

    Because eventually there’s nothing more than can be said about a man who is unfairly being denied a chance to make a living in his chosen field, for reasons that remain conveniently concealed.

    ——————————-
    Once again.
    The ONLY reason he is unemployed is because he sucks as a QB.

    End of story.

  51. RegisHawk says: Jun 8, 2017 9:47 AM

    The only valid argument that matters is that he sucks at QB. You can parse stats to make him look good, then throw in the political bs as an excuse to cover, but at the end of the day, the fact remains that he’s no good running any offense other than “one-read-run”.

  52. jxbuter says: Jun 8, 2017 9:57 AM

    Kap was never a great QB. Teams learned that he makes poor decisions and is an inaccurate passer.

    Equally bad is his ingratitude towards the very people who paid him millions of dollars. Remember when a white coached handed him the starting job because the white QB who was leading the league in passing, was injured for 1 game?

  53. isfootballonyet says: Jun 8, 2017 10:00 AM

    Accountability. We don’t have enough of it in our world. He is being held accountable for his actions. Works for me. However now he gets to play victim, how nauseating. His actions led to his current state, and he needs to own that.

  54. thekillernacho says: Jun 8, 2017 10:08 AM

    God, both sides of this “debate” are getting so pompous and ridiculous at this point.

    Let me start by saying Kaep is out of a job due to his protest. That is an unavoidable conclusion – if he had not done it he would be absolutely on a team because he has the talent to be an NFL backup.

    Check this – a backup. Those pointing out Kaep sucks is absolutely correct in that he is a sucky starter. Kaep very likely would not be signed as a starter for any team regardless of the national anthem protest or the socks he wore. In reality, Kaep is a high-end backup quality QB. And his upside is overstated.

    There’s no conspiracy here. The owners aren’t colluding to blacklist him. However each team has independently come to the conclusion that his talent level isn’t worth the distraction that comes along with it. No matter how you feel about his protesting, it undeniably distracts from football and is therefore an undesirable force in the locker room. To make matters worse, there are a lot of people who would flat out stop buying gear of that team because they disagree with his protests (I’m not one of those people). His value is ziltch because the talent level he has is completely negated by the distraction he possesses.

    At the end of the day, writers like Florio are quick to point out that he’s out of a job due to exercising his right to free speech. The irony here is not only does free speech protect you from the government (and not businesses or public opinion), but the same freedoms are also held by the owners. The owners can exercise their freedom of speech and choose to hire who they want. It is their fundamental right, as is Kaerpernick’s. No where in the bill of rights is there the “right to be employed in your chosen profession”, though.

    Mic drop

  55. bkostela says: Jun 8, 2017 10:33 AM

    If Goodell makes that call, he himself might be looking for a job.

  56. Hamp436 says: Jun 8, 2017 11:30 AM

    greg2geez says:
    Jun 7, 2017 8:28 PM

    Colin Kaepernick is an object lesson on the consequences of exercising free speech in a nation of cowards.
    ______________________________

    Here let me fix that…

    Colin Kaepernick is a perfect example of one individual exercising their right to free speech while others exercise their rights to make free choices as well.

  57. klutch14u says: Jun 8, 2017 11:40 AM

    Again… NFL teams are looking for players that are focused, laser-like, on playing football and nothing else. Especially from a QB

  58. saltineamerican says: Jun 8, 2017 12:33 PM

    All of the guys and gals who present a case for Kapernick to be playing in the NFL. never name a team that would benefit from his services.

    Name one team who has a better chance of winning with Kaepernick on their roster.

  59. careyb44 says: Jun 8, 2017 1:36 PM

    As to moving on to something else, eventually,
    could you define eventually? That would be awesome
    for us readers if we could only see the end of tunnel
    of this daily nightmarish crusade you have been on
    to get someone, anyone to sign poor Colin.

  60. kmartin173 says: Jun 8, 2017 3:45 PM

    Why doesn’t this site hire him? You’re apparently the only people in the country who think he has character and skills.

  61. saulg2 says: Jun 8, 2017 3:54 PM

    Give it up.
    If you like him so much, you hire him.

  62. JSpicoli says: Jun 9, 2017 3:31 AM

    Communists hate meritocracies.

  63. thekillernacho says: Jun 9, 2017 8:34 AM

    To add to what I said above, most CFL teams would probably gladly take him. And he seems like he’d rather be in Canada anyway.

  64. kamthechancellor says: Jun 9, 2017 7:35 PM

    Kaep is done. He better get a good financial advisor to invest the money he has left. I doubt he has any future in broadcasting. I’d love to see him squander what he has left. You reap what you sow.

  65. jasons81 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:01 PM

    @phuzzball

    Spot on, I thought the exact same thing. I always believed he initially kneeled because he was pouting that he lost the starting gig but when the thing blew up in the media he spun it to try to sound like an activist. The guy is a phony, a fake. Between the kneeling, the whole awkward Castro thing, and the fact the guy didn’t even bother to vote I have zero respect for him.

    Let him twist in the wind.

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