Kaepernick won’t demonstrate at all during 2017 season

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In March, as free agency approached, a report emerged that Colin Kaepernick would stand for the national anthem in 2017. More than four months later, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Kaepernick’s position hasn’t changed. Speaking more broadly, the source said Kaepernick will engage in no demonstrations during the 2017 season.

So with Kaepernick committed to standing for the anthem and not engaging in any other demonstrations this year, that should (in theory) reduce the animosity toward him. After all, plenty of other players engaged in demonstrations involving the anthem last year — and most if not all are gainfully employed.

Some would say that Kaepernick becomes the target of criticism because he led the way. Under that logic, shouldn’t he get credit for reversing course and leading the way toward full and complete respect and deference to the anthem?

We’ll see if any of it makes a difference. The problem is that the people who dislike him for what he did have made up their minds and refuse to change them. Meanwhile, plenty of guys who have done plenty of actually bad and/or illegal things get second, third, fourth chances.

138 responses to “Kaepernick won’t demonstrate at all during 2017 season

  1. They media will still show up, just in case. It might take them a week or two to back off. I respect the dude’s right to share his opinion in that fashion, but nobody is exempt from consequences.

  2. Formal apology required, the young men whose hearts stopped beating on the French beaches, rocky Japanese islands, in the Philippines jungles and deserts of the Middle East would like it. Be a man and do it.

  3. Well we know one thing for sure. He wont demonstrate while standing on the sideline of a pro football game because he wont be on a pro football team. AS for any other demonstrations? meh who cares.

  4. White ppl:Blacks should not riot and should protest peacefully towards their issue.

    Kaepernick quietly takes a knee
    White ppl:No not like that!

  5. Well the anthem protest was one thing, but since then he has espoused radical divisive sociopolitical views. I have a much bigger problem with his embracing radical militant groups and dictators than i do with the protest itself. The men/groups he now idolizes are/were not interested in peace harmony or equality. Instead they were quasi-terrorists, revolutionaries and dictators. All men who sought change through violence and destruction

  6. That horse has left the barn.

    Colin Kaepernick is a hypocrite who bit the hand that fed him. America has been incredibly good to him, enabling him to make tens of millions of dollars from tossing an oblong ball. That’s more than most fans will see in a lifetime.

    He put his hatred and disrespect for this country on display for everyone to see. Now he’s being judged by the ultimate judges – the NFL fans. Which is exactly how it should be.

  7. People that get second chances “supposedly” have seen the error of their ways and are now “good guys”. Kap has never uttered one word of regret. Given his current unemployment, I probably wouldn’t believe him if he did so now anyway.

  8. Dear Colon Krappernick,

    We don’t care.

    You wet your bed, now go sleep in it.

    Act like a man.

    You cannot simply undo what you did – a high level of racist and arrogant behavior that defiled our country.

    We won’t forget even if we forgive.

    No run along and earn a non-living wage paycheck at McDonald’s and remember what your stupidity has cost you.

  9. It might have been the pig socks, or the Fidel Castro shirt, or him going 3-16 as a starter the past two seasons, or him at no point saying what he wants (salary/scheme/opportunity), or him not apologizing.

  10. This is post is basically compounded fallacies.

    1 Kaepernick is not a net positive for many teams just based on his game play. Plus its late in year now. So while he may end up a good injury replacement its not like it makes sense for many teams to automatically pick him up.

    2 If you do something offensive, then promising not to do it is not at all the same as apologizing for doing it to start with.

  11. He should be banned from the NFL!! He made his choice to kneel and disrespect the flag and all those brave men and women who fought for our freedom!! Many of those men and women took one bullet and never got another chance nor should he!! It was his choice and now he should pay the price……….never to play in the NFL again. Find another line of work!!

  12. Lots of brave men and women in history have suffered and bled, for standing up to injustice. Lost their homes, their families, their livelihood, their freedom.

    Kap is none of those people.

    Now that the money’s running out, he will stand for the anthem again. It’s impossible to take what he has to say seriously.

    He’s just an overgrown teenager with nothing but contempt for authority.

  13. Ray Rice made a grievous mistake. He apologized and has attempted to repent his sins through speaking at the rookie symposium and never got another sniff. Meanwhile, teams are still sniffing around Kaep when he’s done zip to reverse course beyond saying he won’t pee on the flag anymore. You reap what you sow.

  14. Florio, I know you don’t get this, but to a lot of people, insulting police officers and veterans is a “bad” thing. The fact is Kaepernick hasn’t toned down his animosity. He’s still putting hateful garbage on Twitter all the time. Even if he stops mocking this country on the field (not sure why anyone would believe his claims that he’d do that), he’ll be doing it elsewhere.

  15. Why won’t the people carrying the water for Kap talk about him embracing dictators or the pig socks? Odd

  16. The comment threads on any article about Kaepernick, such as this one, are an unfortunate indication that he will not be on a team. I hope these indications are wrong. He simply has too much ability not to be given another chance.

  17. Ever wonder if the endless articles on PFT are what are keeping him from getting a job.

    All a GM or owner has to do is look at the comments on a Kaep article and they see that 90% of the site don’t support him.

    Easy way for them to gauge public opinion of football fans on him.

  18. If Kaepernick apologized, and expressed his support for our police–who put their lives on the line every single day to protect us–then I would consider changing my mind.

    Until then, he is useless.

  19. It’s not that I do not believe the media (they never lie?) however I have not heard Kapernick say that he would not demonstrate. Has he actually said it? It is a shame when you reap what you sow! He has a right to say & do what he wants however contrary to the liberal philosophy, people who disagree to his actions have the right to their feelings also.

  20. hokies4life says:
    Jul 29, 2017 8:02 PM
    White ppl:Blacks should not riot and should protest peacefully towards their issue.
    Kaepernick quietly takes a knee
    White ppl:No not like that!
    _______________________________

    No, a lot of white people are just tired of listening to black people complain about how life has treated them. Poor is poor whether you are white, brown, black or any other color. Most white people never had ancestors who owned slaves or have done anything to hold minorities back since the end of slavery over 150 years ago, many white families ancestors were not even in the Americas yet. Yet we are all perceive as racists if we disagree with a black person. I’m a white guy and grew up poor but I did not help the society I was born into ruin my life by getting involved with gangs, drug dealing, being a baby daddy to several kids with different women etc…I got a job at 16 and have worked hard ever since and over the years have done OK. People have to get over the past and realize that it is not so much race anymore but class that you are born into. Poor begets more poor, that needs to be broken and you don’t do that by crying racism everytime something doesn’t go right in your life.

  21. Who cares ? I dont care either way . You make your bed you sleep in it . Go get another job in a different line of work .

  22. But of course, Donald Trump and the Republican Party are in power now. Not those notorious redneck racists led by Barack Obama, who was President when Squid conducted his protest. Times have changed to suit Kap’s expectations, apparently. He made a difference.

  23. What Isiah Crowell did in retweeting that heinous image was worse. Apologizing profusely, attending the funeral of Dallas officers ambushed and killed in the performance of their duties, and seeking the forgiveness of the men in blue set him right. Nobody begrudges Crowell, not only having a job, but being on the cusp of an extension that involves way more money than any police officer will ever see in ten lifetimes.
    Why do you suppose it is different for Crowell, Glorious? What set him apart from Kaepernick?

  24. If he was a better quarterback this would be much less of an issue. I understand why he wanted to protest but he didn’t understand that people DIED for that flag. Ask a former POW how they feel about that flag. But the thing is, Kaep can’t play at a high level anyways. He simply doesn’t put in the work required to be a successful quarterback in the NFL.

  25. But the thing is it’s not really much protest unless it costs him something, so let’s just leave him unemployed, okay?

  26. he made his actions very clear where his heart is. I doubt very much that his heart will beat differently should some hard-up team sign him up as a last resort.

  27. Full apology required then retirement papers submitted.

    I just want this dude to vanish from the earth. So sick of his schtick and his childishness.

    “Make The NFL Great Again.”

  28. Maybe the powers that be don’t believe him. With his years in the league his salary becomes fully guaranteed after the week 1 game. If they don’t want the drama but sign him based on this they cannot do anything at all if he changes his mind. Cutting him would get the SJW panties in a bunch screaming freedom of speech (which only seems to apply to them) and they would still have to pay him

  29. “After all, plenty of other players engaged in demonstrations involving the anthem last year — and most if not all are gainfully employed.”

    I don’t think anyone holds the players who raised a fist in solidarity in contempt for following their conscience. Likewise while we may dislike the anthem kneeling thing, truly respecting what that flag stands for means accepting someone’s right to disrespect it. It’s the attendant foolishness that went with it that makes Kaepernick so reviled. So if you could let us know who among them also did his whole pig socks, oppression, Castro, hypocritical non voting routine so we can appropriately show them proper appreciation for their enlightened social conscience that would be very helpful.

  30. The problem is that the people who dislike him for what he did have made up their minds and refuse to change them. Meanwhile, plenty of guys who have done plenty of actually bad and/or illegal things get second, third, fourth chances.

    Reason:
    Other players who assault a woman or do drugs etc doesn’t affect “ME” but what Kaep did many Veterans as well as others took it Personally as if it were done to THEM. people are less likely to forgive and give 2nd and 3rd chances if it is perceived as personal

  31. No, a lot of white people are just tired of listening to black people complain about how life has treated them. Poor is poor whether you are white, brown, black or any other color. Most white people never had ancestors who owned slaves or have done anything to hold minorities back since the end of slavery over 150 years ago, many white families ancestors were not even in the Americas yet. Yet we are all perceive as racists if we disagree with a black person. I’m a white guy and grew up poor but I did not help the society I was born into ruin my life by getting involved with gangs, drug dealing, being a baby daddy to several kids with different women etc…I got a job at 16 and have worked hard ever since and over the years have done OK. People have to get over the past and realize that it is not so much race anymore but class that you are born into. Poor begets more poor, that needs to be broken and you don’t do that by crying racism everytime something doesn’t go right in your life.
    ____________________________________________

    Nobody likes to be a victim. Black people are mistreated and unfairly governed. That is a fact. That is not a myth. You can not tell me black people like for their children to be killed by police and the police is not held accountable. You can not tell me black people like to be disrespected by the nation they helped build, and to be treated like a background noise. You can not tell me black people like for their beautiful history to be reduced to only 28 days. Nobody like that.

  32. The fact is I don’t turn on the tv on Sunday to see political views. Quite the opposite watching football is about watching football and not worrying about other problems.

    Kudos to him if he wants to make a difference to some cause. But taking my enjoyment and having the game turn into a political debate is the issue more than his actual message. That is what he or you florio don’t seem to catch on to.

    I doubt I am the only fan to see it like this.

    And saying he had the most jersey sales is a weak argument too. Do you think most of those people were fans of the football or his politics. If the latter, that jersey is all they bought from NFL merch. and the fans that buy all kinds of other merch. Of our favourite teams are being turned off. So it is a gain in a very particular area and a loss overall in their sales.

    I’ve been wrong before though so…

  33. I’m tired of the race card on this. Like the guy who said
    Whites: black people should not riot, they should do it peacefully.
    Kap takes a knee
    White: not like that….

    I know MANY BLACK PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE.
    Yes I am white, and attend an HBCU

    The symbol he chose was his poison, that symbol is what thousands of people died for in thier mind, and thier families. I know that was the single strongest symbol to me

  34. No Florio. We want an apology. And not a fake one…a. admission that he was wrong–wrote g to wear pig socks, wrong to wear a Castro shirt, wrong to not vote, and yes wrong to not stand for the anthem.

  35. As much as it pains me to say, the seahawks protested too, but they did not disrespect the flag, or the anthem.

    And I despise the seachickens

  36. I don’t care what he does in 2017, I won’t be watching it or him.

    I can’t stand looking at that punk.

  37. Kaepernick did us all a great service. He brought much needed attention to the fact that a lot of police officers didn’t have proper training, and it was putting their lives, and the lives of innocent people in jeopardy. Because of all the attention, many police departments around the country have made some changes to the way they train their officers, and we are all safer because it. Whether it’s an officer’s life, or a black motorist’s life, lives will be saved. Black lives, blue lives, all lives. Kaepernick made a positive difference. And, the NFL set a record for revenue last season. Everyone was a winner. Kaepernick is a lover. Love trumps hate.

  38. hokies4life says: Nobody likes to be a victim. Black people are mistreated and unfairly governed. That is a fact. That is not a myth. You can not tell me black people like for their children to be killed by police and the police is not held accountable. You can not tell me black people like to be disrespected by the nation they helped build, and to be treated like a background noise. You can not tell me black people like for their beautiful history to be reduced to only 28 days. Nobody like that.——————————————————————————————-Excuse after excuse after Excuse…but you failed to mention the biggest problem in the black community…….black on black crime. More blacks are killed on a daily basis by other black. Then 6 months of blacks being killed by police.

  39. It really doesn’t matter. If he was good enough, he’d have a job.
    Did any of you stat geeks who love to quote them watch one of his games last year?
    He was horrible. His skill set is based on dropping back, looking at one spot on the field for 3 seconds, then running around in circles trying not to get sacked.
    When he did get a pass off, it was either 8 feet over the receiver’s head, or at his feet.
    NFL GMs aren’t, as a rule, that stupid.
    They don’t look at it through a SJW lens.

  40. Kaepernick has offended veterans. Our draft dodging coward-in-chief has offended veterans as well, especially one in particular. How has that worked out for him?

  41. Kaepernick gave the middle finger to all the fans that repeatedly expressed their problem with what he was doing and he hasn’t changed any. He wants to get paid he doesn’t give a damn about right or wrong, and still doesn’t understand why people don’t like him other than delinquents, criminals and fellow malcontents.

    I don’t feel sorry for him. I won’t support him.

  42. An apology would not be enough. He slould move to Cuba since he seems to admire Castro so much.
    Sad that its never mentioned how brutal the communist dictators really are and were. But yet America is such a bad place.

  43. Good Lord man! I am BLACK and I can tell you what Kaepernick did OFFENDED EVERYONE! Me included.

    Give it a rest.

    He doesn’t speak for black people.

    He’ s a entitled idiot without a JOB!

    If he wanted to speak for BLACK PEOPLE he went about it in a very strange way!

    We ALL fought for this country. Black, Brown, White, Yellow, EVERYONE!

    Do we all get along like Disneyland? NO! But that’s what makes America what it is – our differences from each other.

  44. Seems like he just throws a football to earn a fat pay check. His real love is extreme left political activism where he enjoys throwing hand grenades.

  45. The article makes this good point…

    “After all, plenty of other players engaged in demonstrations involving the anthem last year — and most if not all are gainfully employed.”

    That really proves that the protest is not the factor that has governed who does and does not have a job this year. I would bet some of those guys are going to keep it up this year too and thats fine. As long as they can perform as the team needs thats what matters. Anyone that cannot perform will be cut regardless of whether or not they protested.

  46. robvikes1 says:
    Jul 29, 2017 8:20 PM
    He should be banned from the NFL!! He made his choice to kneel and disrespect the flag and all those brave men and women who fought for our freedom!! Many of those men and women took one bullet and never got another chance nor should he!! It was his choice and now he should pay the price……….never to play in the NFL again. Find another line of work!!
    **************************
    Our president is a draft dodger. So disrespectful to the brave men and women who protect our freedom. When he had a chance to man up, he turned tail and hid like a coward. Somebody else might have lost their lives who were serving in his place. Should he be banned from office?

  47. too late Felicia! his pay declined when he started to lose weight and become a vegan. the protest showed he lost brain cells and it wasn’t just about police brutality, he made his stance against all police with his bacon socks. he wanted to be the center of attention, and there the world realized he isn’t even a good QB. He was an athlete that played the QB position and then he wasn’t even that. Good riddance.

  48. I have a sneaky suspicion that the people who are upset about his kneeling for the Star-Spangled Banner also exhibit the following characteristics:

    1. Not Smart.
    2. Donald Trump Supporters
    3. Believe in Religion
    4. Think that the wars that the USA fought were all “just and worthy”

    Get a grip! If you truly fought for the USA, you’d understand anyone can (and should) exercise their right to protest. If not, you are a terrible hypocrite.

    And, if it bothers you that much, please stop watching the NFL and actually go do something to make a difference!

  49. Although I find nothing wrong with his anthem protest…Freedom gives him the right to kneel; however, once he did it he can’t undo the perceived damage no matter what he does now.

  50. My issue with him is not so much the kneeling (although on the anniversary of 9/11??), but his talk of oppressed people. He talks about people being oppressed and not having a voice and he wears a Castro t-shirt? He lost me there.

  51. I think we should also get daily posts (read whines) about Tim Tebow not having a job. He’s being blackballed from the NFL because of his religious beliefs. It has nothing to do with him not being able to run an NFL style offense or that he’s just not very good. Heck, he won playoff games too!

    He’s 8-6 in the NFL so he actually has a winning record and he’s thrown 17TD to 9INT. Why doesn’t this man have a job in the NFL?!

  52. Gotta respect people who use their influence to show solidarity for the many millions of people who have been used and abused by the precious red, white and blue military and police officers. Most military people I know signed up for a paycheck just like any other job. They deserve honor just like every other immigrant worker who feeds us, just like every farmer cashing in on federal subsidies, just like every builder risking their lives to get paid and provide shelter for us. All deserve honor. I don’t get the hatred directed at kap for using his freedom that the military supposedly fights for. Or maybe it is just ignorant and angry white people who can’t handle other people’s freedoms.

  53. You mean Kaepernick won’t demonstrate at all in 2017 that he is still a sub par talent at QB because he won’t have a job in the NFL?

    To some people that’s not news because they already know the reasons why he’s not on a team’s roster right now. The best he can hope for is some team’s starter gets injured for the season and their back up situation is extremely shaky and that it happens in pre season football. Then he might get a shot. There’s still some time to bring him in and get a playbook together to help run an offense with him heading it. If it is a mid-season thing he’s got no chance. At that point a team will concede and just go with the back up and tank for a high draft pick.

  54. I spend about $10,000/season supporting the Ravens with season tickets, parking, concessions, a few away games (includes London this year). Over two decades of solid support since this this team came to Baltimore.

    If the Ravens sign Kaepernick: I will sell those 20 yard line covered club beauties and watch Terps and Navy re-runs on Sundays. I would be through with the Ravens and the NFL in its entirety.

  55. Hokies4Life, at least you get to celebrate your beautiful history. White males have at least 28 less days than any other segment of the population. The Government has set aside resources to celebrate the following groups:
    1. Women
    2. African Americans
    3. Native Americans
    4. Hispanic Americans
    5. Asian Americans
    6. I am not 100% sure but I believe it is GLAD. Someone will correct me if I am wrong.

    I believe all of these groups should celebrate their culture and history. I also believe all groups should have that same freedom and Government resources.

    See, this mindset that diversity is celebrated for all is not true. White males make up a pretty decent percentage of the population but to be purposely excluded as one of the groups by the Government or anyone is the exact opposite of inclusion. It is actually more like purposeful exclusion, or to put it another way it is discrimination.

    I am not trying to cry poor whitey. I am simply saying that discrimination exists for all people. Do I have it bad as the Asian people forced to build the railroads or the slave who was quite possibly captured and sold into slavery by his own race to another race? Absolutely not. Then again, none of us today do.

    All opportunities are not equal in this country but while many of us do not have the silver spoon handed to us we still have opportunity to better ourselves, to reach whatever heights and goals we set for ourselves.

    We are a far from perfect nation but it is our nation. Kap did what he did how he did it. The main thing he did was start a conversation. Now if we could have that conversation with a lot less hate, racism, and borderline idiocy maybe we might actually make progress.

  56. Its okay Kaepernick, I won’t be demonstrating either during the upcoming season and I imagine we both will take the same amount of snaps.

  57. Nope, too late. The piggy socks sealed your fate. One thing to stand up for a cause, but to create the spectacle you did nobdy will let their team get away with letting this fake back in the league. byyyyyyyyyyyyye

  58. Someone sign me! Nope. God bless the USA. I hope he never collects another NFL paycheck again. You disrespect our flag and you’re out. It has nothing to do with color.

  59. Right, so like I said all along, he was in it to stay relevant first. Otherwise, why would you so quickly abandon something that means so much to you? Low character, low football IQ guy. It’s amazing that he doesn’t have a job amirite guys?

  60. Free TIP: Never trust someone who supports ISIS.

    99.999% of all prisoners say “Please let me go, I PROMISE to be good!” Kaepernick must pay for his actions, i.e. ‘promising’ to be good ain’t gonna do it!

    Kaepernick needs to find other work before his money runs out…

  61. He’s paying for his choices last year. He’s only deciding to stand in order to make more money, not because he respects the country that makes it possible to make that much money to play a game

  62. While I did not have an issue with Kaepernick exercising his right to free speech last season by kneeling during the anthem, many of the people that count ( i.e. owners) have PR concerns going further. Couple this distraction with the fact that he lost his job last season to Blaine Gabbert I can see where teams are not blowing up his agent’s phone to sign him as a back up. Lastly, who is to say that he won’t change his stance about demonstrating during the season if he has an issue with the US Government or a police involved shooting?

  63. 17edward57 says:
    Jul 29, 2017 10:49 PM
    I for one hope Kap gets on with the Ravens and I will be watching for him every week. Great kid. Great QB.

    ————————-
    Steeler nation hopes to see exactly that happen.

  64. Good to hear from some Ravens fans, vehemently opposing signing a backup QB based on some peaceful political statements, while embracing guys like Ray Lewis and Ray Rice. Hypocrisy at its finest.

  65. Give him credit for trying to bring awareness to the senseless killing of people in America. Unfortunately, nobody wanted to address the reason behind the protest. Then again, we’re not very smart as shown by the results of our last big election. We need to be smarter and still k together. I understand how it may have offended those who serve, but we needed dialogue and it got suppressed be a use we are sheep.

  66. Bottom line is if I play the discrimination card then I don’t have to take responsibility for my actions which led to my current situation – poor family structure, kids out of wedlock, not stressing education for the children, respecting a music culture that demeans women and advocates violence, etc. Time to look in the mirror. This will be tough but the first step is taking responsibility for your own actions and to not keep blaming others for your plight. As you can see from the comments, “the victim card” has lost its credibility.

  67. If a coach or owner thought CK was capable of putting a Lombardi Trophy in the Trophy Case, he’d have a job. Winning has a way of smoothing over ruffled feathers. The 49er’s stood by him during the protests, but he opted out of his contract. It’s been leaked that he was forced, but I don’t buy that. If the 49ers wanted him gone so badly, they’d have paid him to do so. But he walked away from a guaranteed contract, which I think speaks to his sense of judgement.

  68. Karmi says:
    Jul 30, 2017 3:29 AM
    Free TIP: Never trust someone who supports ISIS.

    99.999% of all prisoners say “Please let me go, I PROMISE to be good!” Kaepernick must pay for his actions, i.e. ‘promising’ to be good ain’t gonna do it!

    Kaepernick needs to find other work before his money runs out…

    ———————————————————

    What? When did he say he supports ISIS? I never realized how ignorant most NFL fans were until this whole thing went down.

  69. hokies4life says:
    Jul 29, 2017 8:02 PM
    White ppl:Blacks should not riot and should protest peacefully towards their issue.

    Kaepernick quietly takes a knee
    White ppl:No not like that!

    ——————————————————————-

    Rioting is not protesting peacefully. I don’t like anyone who riots, burns, or loots. I don’t care what color they are.

  70. truevision21 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 10:33 AM
    Give him credit for trying to bring awareness to the senseless killing of people in America. Unfortunately, nobody wanted to address the reason behind the protest. Then again, we’re not very smart as shown by the results of our last big election. We need to be smarter and still k together. I understand how it may have offended those who serve, but we needed dialogue and it got suppressed be a use we are sheep

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    Funny thing, I never Kaepernick ever say or do anything in protest when a cop was murdered by a black person, which happens every year, by the way.

  71. the folks defending Kap’s right to protest should also defend the owners right to not hire him….I think they both should have those rights

  72. Just wait until one of these respect the police commenters gets pulled over after consuming several Miller Lites at the local Boot, Scoot, and Boogie Club. That respect will suddenly turn to rage, most likely ending in a tasing. It’ll be deliciously Live PD worthy.

  73. mcbenersons says:
    Jul 29, 2017 11:53 PM
    Gotta respect people who use their influence to show solidarity for the many millions of people who have been used and abused by the precious red, white and blue military and police officers. Most military people I know signed up for a paycheck just like any other job. They deserve honor just like every other immigrant worker who feeds us, just like every farmer cashing in on federal subsidies, just like every builder risking their lives to get paid and provide shelter for us. All deserve honor. I don’t get the hatred directed at kap for using his freedom that the military supposedly fights for. Or maybe it is just ignorant and angry white people who can’t handle other people’s freedoms.

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    Go do what cops do at night in some big city for a couple of years, and then come back and talk with us.
    The truth is they deal with the most vile people you can imagine — and most of the time they deal with a lot of the same ones over and over because our court system puts them back on the street.
    I have known a retired black cop for a long time. He is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. If you sat down and talked with him about the way cops are perceived, you’d get a rude awakening. Because it’s not just white cops who out there putting their lives on the line for all of us, it’s Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, women, and every other race that you can name.
    And no one I know has any problem with immigrant workers. We all realize how important they are and that they should be appreciated more. But millions of Americans have a big problem with illegal aliens, which is totally different than an immigrant. Immigrants don’t break our laws to come here, they do it legally. But liberals don’t differentiate between them.
    I don’t hate Kap, but I do hate what he did. Because his action was based on painting all cops as racists, and his kneeling while the Anthem was played was the wrong way and the wrong time to voice his opinion. If every player decided to use NFL games as a platform to voice their opinion, would you like that? How about if the player was a member of the KKK and he decided to wear something indicating that on his uniform, would that be okay?
    Kap angered millions of Americans because at the same time he was trying to make himself a martyr, he was also demonstrating his support for Fidel Castro. Go to Miami and meet many of the Cubans who were forced to leave Cuba because of Castro and left behind family members they never saw again, and see how they feel about that!
    That’s the hypocrisy of Colin Kaepernick and it’s why people like me hope he never plays in the NFL again.
    People like Colin Kaepernick don’t help to mend the fences between races, they make the divides deeper. When the message to young black kids in this country is that all cops are evil and are racists, that is very dangerous. But that’s what they are being told and it’s what they see hammered at them all the time on tv and social media. It’s a huge lie, but they grow up believing that it is true.

  74. Most of you keep forgetting a small element at play here. He is not a good quarterback.

    Skin color aside
    Protest aside which he is allowed to do and I respect him for.

    San Fran had an awesome Defense and the spread option was New. Once everyone played to stop it, he and RGIII were not the superstars we thought. Russell Wilson and Can have learned to adapt, but they still aren’t pure picket passer

  75. What Isiah Crowell did in retweeting that heinous image was worse. Apologizing profusely, attending the funeral of Dallas officers ambushed and killed in the performance of their duties, and seeking the forgiveness of the men in blue set him right. Nobody begrudges Crowell, not only having a job, but being on the cusp of an extension that involves way more money than any police officer will ever see in ten lifetimes.
    Why do you suppose it is different for Crowell, Glorious? What set him apart from Kaepernick?
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    He’s in Cleveland. Hasn’t he suffered enough?

  76. To Mr F and the Kap supporters: If this were Tim Tebow getting “blackballed” for protesting against abortion, would you be defending him with the same vigor?

    Thought so. Case closed.

  77. charliecharger, you cannot provide one shred of evidence that anything Colin Kaepernick did on a football field helped a single police department decide to provide better training for its officers. If anything, Kaepernick’s publicity stunt further alienated the average American–those people who sit on the grand juries and juries that will bring rogue officers to justice when they kill an unarmed black citizen without cause. You don’t win empathy from those white citizens who’ll be sitting on those juries by wearing pig socks, claiming the United States doesn’t represent you–then not bothering to cast your vote–and disrespecting a flag that men and women of all races have fought and died for.

    I’m a liberal and a staunch supporter of the causes Kaepernick claimed to represent. But he was a poor representative. And I don’t bring my politics into the workplace, forcing them onto my bosses, coworkers, and customers, as Kaepernick did. If he were a Tom Brady, he’d still be playing. But he’s a backup with limited appeal because of his playing style and injury history. He should have thought about that when he started staging his in-game protest during one of the most divisive times in American political history. Football is my escape from the problems of the world, as dolphan343 says. I didn’t want to hear about it last season when I tuned in the game to take my mind off my fourth cancer battle, and I don’t want to hear about it now. Frankly, I hope he never returns.

  78. Pretty simple to me:

    If you don’t enjoy the career you work in enough to be the best you can be and you cannot avoid distractions that keep you from achieving that measure, then you really need to find a new line of work.

  79. “Meanwhile, plenty of guys who have done plenty of actually bad and/or illegal things get second, third, fourth chances.”

    For those of us who have lost loved ones in the line of duty, be it in the military or in law enforcement, the suggestion that smearing our law enforcement officers as racist pigs does not qualify as an “actually bad” thing is an insult to their memory. What the sports media refuses to realize is that this is not an isolated sentiment, but actually a rather popular one across our nation.

    Then again, if Kaepernick were to apologize for doing that, he might actually be given a chance to make a roster this year.

  80. Agreed fwipell, but it all depend on your experience. What about those of us who have lost a loved one due to officers who reacted out of fear and wrongfully took lives. Both losses are valid and there is a trend… an undeniable trend of SOME officers using violence on certain people in our communities. The forced support of all officers only adds to the problem and denies my reality. I respect officers who deserve respect and it is a hard job. I know of many other hard jobs. That is not a good enough explanation. Until training is improved for officers, until officers with empathetic personalities are hired as much as aggressive personalities, until officers seek peace above power… no athlete kneeling matters and no blind support of a flawed police system makes any difference.

  81. mcbenersons says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:19 PM
    ….The forced support of all officers only adds to the problem and denies my reality.
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    For starters, I am sorry for the losses you have suffered; I know how real they are, and I can still remember as a teenager hearing the news about my uncle being gunned down by a drug dealer who had been mistakenly released from prison due to a clerical error. It was years later before I learned that his killer basically executed him, standing over him after he had shot him once, and proceeding to shoot him in the head.

    Here’s my problem with Kaepernick (and in part with your statement I copied). It is wrong for anyone to categorically label people of any race or profession as deviant. It is wrong to assume a black person may be prone to commit a crime simply because he’s black. It is just as wrong to assume a police officer is prone to be a corrupt racist just because he’s a police officer. There are bad people in every profession and in every race. The sooner we stop painting each race and profession with a broad brush, the better chance we have of ridding society of these ills.

  82. For a guy that has never served his country in the military he makes a bold statement not standing for the national anthem. The great thing about America is that EVERYONE has the right to stand or not stand for the national anthem but….. what is the purpose of his not standing. If it’s the state of black america, wouldn’t he be better served getting involved with his elected representatives to enact change through consciousness of what needs to be changed. By sitting through the national anthem he is spitting in the face of young men not unlike himself that at a time not of their own choosing were called to defend the only truly free country on earth. Now that said he has every right to demonstrate but as a veteran and die hard football fan who was wowed at his God given talents, I hope and pray that a young man with his resources and gumption that he rethinks and redirects his efforts in a more targeted way. The military the problem….. democracy young man…

  83. So apparently his “protest” didn’t really mean anything and was a fake publicity stunt being he won’t continue to protest when there is still all this “oppression” going on in the inner cities, but I guess that doesn’t matter to him now. I actually might have a glimmer of respect for him if he stood his ground on his “protest” instead of caving like the little btch he is.

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