Ravens owner admits to considering non-football factors with Kaepernick

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Sitting in the presence of a Commissioner who has said that football teams make decisions based only on winning football games, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti made it abundantly clear that his organization is considering non-football factors in connection with the possible addition of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. It’s the closest any NFL executive has come to admitting that Kaepernick’s status is influenced by concerns regarding public and fan reaction to signing him.

The issue arose at a fan forum on Sunday, when someone asked Bisciotti whether he’s concerned that adding Kaepernick would hurt the team’s “brand.”

“We’ve very sensitive to it and we’re monitoring it, and we’re still, as [General Manager] Ozzie [Newsome] said, scrimmaging it,” Bisciotti said, via the team’s official website. “So pray for us.”

Bisciotti also addressed the inherent presumption within the question that signing someone who protested during the national anthem throughout 2016 would harm the team’s image.

“Quantify hurting the brand,” Bisciotti said. “I know that we’re going to upset some people, and I know that we’re going to make people happy that we stood up for somebody that has the right to do what he did. Non-violent protesting is something that we have all embraced. I don’t like the way he did it. Personally, I kind of liked it a lot when he went from sitting to kneeling. I don’t know, I’m Catholic, we spend a lot of time kneeling.”

Of course, with Kaepernick committed to standing for the anthem in 2017, the question isn’t whether having a guy who kneels for the anthem will harm the team’s brand. It’s whether having a guy who previously kneeled for the anthem will harm the team’s brand. In a league where dog fighters and drunk drivers and domestic abusers and alleged killers get second chances all the time, the guy who did nothing wrong can’t get a second chance that he shouldn’t need.

“Talk to your neighbors and your friends and your co-workers, because I think you’ll get the same sense that I got, which is every time I hear something negative, I hear something positive and sometimes it shocks me who it’s coming from,” Bisciotti said. “I hope we do what is best for the team and balance that with what’s best for the fans. Your opinions matter to us, and we couldn’t get a consensus on it in [this room] either.”

That’s an honest, frank, and candid assessment, provided by Bisciotti with Commissioner Roger Goodell in attendance. And it directly conflicts with Goodell’s past insistence that teams consider only football impact when deciding whether to sign football players.

“[A]ll [teams] want to get better,” Goodell said last month. “And if they see an opportunity to get better as a football team, they’re going to do it. They’re going to do whatever it takes to make their football team better. So those are football decisions. They’re made all the time. I believe that if a football team feels that Colin Kaepernick, or any other player, is going to improve that team, they’re going to do it.”

Bisciotti’s comments make it clear that this isn’t the case. For Bisciotti and the Ravens, it’s about determining (and balancing) fan reaction against football considerations — and by expressly inviting fans to chime in.

Consider that one in light of the team’s history. After linebacker Ray Lewis faced murder charges and then pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with a pair of killings for which no one was ever brought to justice, the Ravens embraced him without giving it a second thought — and without considering or soliciting fan input.

Ditto for running back Ray Rice. Over a period of months, the team stubbornly defended Rice despite knowing that he’d knocked out his future wife in an Atlantic City elevator, staging along the way a shameful press conference during which the victim apologized for her roll in getting knocked out. Only after video evidence let everyone see with their eyes that which they should have been able to envision with their minds did the Ravens cut the cord on Rice.

While Lewis and Rice already were working for the team when they did cross the line regarding what the law allows, Kaepernick broke no laws and violated no rules. Instead, he exercised one of the fundamental rights that all Americans possess — and he has made it clear that he won’t be exercising that right in 2017.

(That said, the Ravens also embraced receiver Donte Stallworth after he killed a man while driving his car under the influence of alcohol. The Ravens signed him without engaging in a public debate regarding whether having him on the team would hurt the brand.)

However the Ravens resolve this one, it’s now abundantly clear that Kaepernick is unemployed in part for reasons unrelated to football. We hope the many fans and media members who insist otherwise will abandon the notion that Kaepernick isn’t on a team because he stinks.

112 responses to “Ravens owner admits to considering non-football factors with Kaepernick

  1. He has backup talent at best. Which backup QB in the league is a distraction that has a job Florio?

  2. Hallelujah! An owner who doesn’t sugar coat things, speaks the truth and comes right out and says that he doesn’t want the guy in the same zip code as his team.

    Nothing but props to Steve B for this one!

  3. Can’t wait for all the snowflakes to come complain about how a backup quarterback offends them so much.

  4. When those non-football issues are depicting cops as pigs, and disrespecting our country,than those a pretty big non issues..unless you are a lib or radical

  5. I have been to a few Ravens games in Baltimore. It’s a weird fan base. There are some inner city Baltimore people, but there are also some southern rural fans whom I’d describe as patriots (small p). Those fans would be put off by Kaepernick. Is it worth alienating that part of the fan base for a back up quarterback? That’s a real question.

  6. Florio, would you rather hire someone who has had a DUI or two in the past who comes in and does his job every day or a guy with a clean record who you have to hear and talk about every single day because he brings his personal views to work?

  7. What will it take for you Liberals to realize SJW-thinking is bad for business and society.

    The Democrat Party is at 80 year lows nationally in seats in State/Federal/Govs, ESPN is hemorrhaging viewers, and the NFL viewership loss last year (according to a poll) was largely the result of pushing left-wing politics into the game.

    Stop and take a look outside your bubble. The huge majority of NFL fans think you’re deranged and delusional.

  8. The guy just isn’t a good enough quarterback that his worth outweighs his baggage. Period.
    If he was good, he’d be on a team.
    Stat geeks notwithstanding…

  9. People want to make this a black/white thing.

    It comes down to this: if you owned a company, and had a good (not great) employee who was constantly voicing his political opinions at work and alienating half of your client base in the process, would you can him?

    Yep. You sure would. And that’s all that this is about.

  10. titusyoung says:
    Jul 30, 2017 9:26 PM

    Can’t wait for all the snowflakes to come complain about how a backup quarterback offends them so much.
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    Snowflakes are people that cry about wanting safe spaces, call everyone with whom they disagree a “racist etc,” and are so deranged by cognitive dissonance that they are still crying over the loss of a sickly, pro-Banker corrupt Establishment candidate in a pantsuit.

  11. I love the pict, guy looks like an Oompa Loompa with caps. Dude can probably see in the dark with that grill it’s so white.

  12. Wow. How shocking to learn from breaking news that an organization considers “everything” before making an important decision (sarcasm). Political correctness prevents people from speaking openly and honestly and is destructive to society.

  13. Personally, I could care less about the Baltimore Ravens. However, I hope they don’t sign Kaepernick to a contract, and then I hope they go 0-16 this year. It would serve them and their smug fans right.

  14. Can’t wait for all the snowflakes to come complain about how a backup quarterback offends them so much.
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    Snowflakes are people that cry about wanting safe spaces, call everyone with whom they disagree a “racist etc,” and are so deranged by cognitive dissonance that they are still crying over the loss of a sickly, pro-Banker corrupt Establishment candidate in a pantsuit.

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    You want football games to be a safe space where you don’t have to see a player silently protest for a few minutes because it reminds you of issues you want to pretend don’t exist.

    Stop going out of your way to be offended by everything, snowflake.

  15. Please sign him. My team has to play Baltimore this year so them having Kaepernick under center would be nice. I really dont care about his protest I just want the easy wins.

  16. blacknyellablacknyella says:
    Jul 30, 2017 9:40 PM
    People want to make this a black/white thing.

    It comes down to this: if you owned a company, and had a good (not great) employee who was constantly voicing his political opinions at work and alienating half of your client base in the process, would you can him?

    Yep. You sure would. And that’s all that this is about.

    Your privilege is showing.

    Of course it’s black vs white. Kap is black balled because he’s a strong black man. If he played nice they would have signed him by now. I support him and The Movement 100%. I hope the Ravens do as well and sign him. If Flacco misses time we need a starting caliber backup. Kap showed last season he can be excellent. Bigots like the Pats Steelers Browns etc that passed on him as a backup. Make them pay by showing how good he truly is.

  17. So you still ignore everything else he did and focus only on the anthem protest? What about the pig socks, Castro shirt, and calling the police “fugitive slave patrols”? You continue to omit relevant information and focus only on the anthem when that’s only part of the issue teams have with him.

  18. dylannelson7575 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 10:11 PM
    So you still ignore everything else he did and focus only on the anthem protest? What about the pig socks, Castro shirt, and calling the police “fugitive slave patrols”? You continue to omit relevant information and focus only on the anthem when that’s only part of the issue teams have with him.

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    He’s not wrong…

  19. “Bisciotti’s comments make it clear that this isn’t the case. For Bisciotti and the Ravens, it’s about determining (and balancing) fan reaction against football considerations — and by expressly inviting fans to chime in.”
    This looks like an attempt at a direct contradiction of Goodell’s teams want to get better comment. It’s really not. Kaepernick will make most teams better, but by how much? If Kaepernick doesn’t play a meaningful snap, almost zero.

    Also, don’t compare the Ray Lewis situation to this one. 17 years later, the instant access to complain is light years ahead of where it was then. Anything that happened more than 7 years ago in the NFL is an order of magnitude more now than it was then. If what happened in Dallas in the early 90s happened now, TMZ would have someone camping out that ‘white house’ 24/7 or even rent the one across the street.
    People who try to force Kaepernick onto a team miss the point. How much does that guy cost, how much does he help us, and what push back are we going to get are the 3 questions they ask in the offices. In that order. You miss the obvious question, how much would he cost the Ravens? Without knowing that, we know nothing. We do know, that those who support Kaepernick would use “asking for Vet minimum’ would be included in every story if it were true.

  20. titusyoung says:
    Jul 30, 2017 9:26 PM
    Can’t wait for all the snowflakes to come complain about how a backup quarterback offends them so much.

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    That’s so cute. People who don’t like Kaepernick don’t use that word “offend” very much if at all. They don’t get offended much and when they do, they don’t talk about it, especially in public. They know that word is used by a weaker, more problematic segment of society and figure it’s too corrupted it use out loud.

    Snowflakes indeed. hahahaha.

  21. For the record, Bisciotti is telling only half of the truth in regards to hurting the brand.

    Maybe some Ravens fans really do think it would be a positive, but they aren’t going to stop coming to games or stop buying merchandise if the Ravens don’t sign him. They aren’t going to get any new fans because they sign him. Steelers fans aren’t going to suddenly become Ravens fans because they sign Kap, regardless of whether they like him or not.

    But how many of Ravens fans who dislike Kap will boycott the Ravens if they do sign him?

    It’s a bad business move.

  22. If you use the word liberal or conservative as an invective you probably have some serious issues you should work out with some kind of counselor. We are all Americans and need to leave that partisan nonsense alone.

    Now can we please get back to football.

  23. flaccojumpball says:
    Jul 30, 2017 10:09 PM
    blacknyellablacknyella says:
    Jul 30, 2017 9:40 PM
    People want to make this a black/white thing.

    It comes down to this: if you owned a company, and had a good (not great) employee who was constantly voicing his political opinions at work and alienating half of your client base in the process, would you can him?

    Yep. You sure would. And that’s all that this is about.

    Your privilege is showing.

    Of course it’s black vs white. Kap is black balled because he’s a strong black man. If he played nice they would have signed him by now. I support him and The Movement 100%. I hope the Ravens do as well and sign him. If Flacco misses time we need a starting caliber backup. Kap showed last season he can be excellent. Bigots like the Pats Steelers Browns etc that passed on him as a backup. Make them pay by showing how good he truly is.
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    Strong???? He’s willing to cave in on his beliefs in hopes of a job!

  24. I get the concern from the perspective ‘What if he does it again?’ If an employer takes that risk, they’re faced with more decisions. You can’t be certain you have a commitment you can trust. Having to dump a guy for something related to freedom of speech and feeling a need to move on with some football related reason/alibi seems a headache.

    It’s not shutting him out for his views, but the circus-like atmosphere that comes along with it. Thank you media.

  25. scutz1972 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 10:20 PM
    For the record, Bisciotti is telling only half of the truth in regards to hurting the brand.

    Maybe some Ravens fans really do think it would be a positive, but they aren’t going to stop coming to games or stop buying merchandise if the Ravens don’t sign him. They aren’t going to get any new fans because they sign him. Steelers fans aren’t going to suddenly become Ravens fans because they sign Kap, regardless of whether they like him or not.

    But how many of Ravens fans who dislike Kap will boycott the Ravens if they do sign him?

    It’s a bad business move.

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    It would be extremely positive to the community. The people complaining are Trumpanzees that have opinions that are littered with privilege.

  26. learysdisciples says:
    Jul 30, 2017 9:22 PM
    As he should.
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    No, he shouldn’t.

    Yes, he has the right to withhold employment, but as the business owner, by essentially saying he won’t sign him because of his nonviolent protest, he is PROMOTING CENSORSHIP.

    This is so ridiculous. This is the same owner who buddied up with Ray Rice and defended his original two-game suspension! But he evidently draws a “red line” in the sand with someone who staged a nonviolent social justice protest LAST YEAR and has said he will stand for the anthem THIS YEAR.

    Kaep has also repeatedly said last year’s protest was not meant to offend veterans but to raise awareness for what he perceives as misjustice for people of color. Agree with him or not, he doesn’t deserve this backlash and hatred.

    If it was Brady or Rodgers instead of Kaep, the majority of fans would support last year’s protests….

  27. And name one good reason why they should not consider non football concerns. Part of winning is it’s a team sport. A team effort. No one needs an ***hat trying to draw attention to himself. Why are you such an idiot when it comes to kapernicks, Florio. If he signed with a team you hate, you would be busting that teams balls the second he became a distraction.

  28. maestro1899 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 10:37 PM
    learysdisciples says:
    Jul 30, 2017 9:22 PM
    As he should.
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    No, he shouldn’t.

    Yes, he has the right to withhold employment, but as the business owner, by essentially saying he won’t sign him because of his nonviolent protest, he is PROMOTING CENSORSHIP.

    This is so ridiculous. This is the same owner who buddied up with Ray Rice and defended his original two-game suspension! But he evidently draws a “red line” in the sand with someone who staged a nonviolent social justice protest LAST YEAR and has said he will stand for the anthem THIS YEAR.

    Kaep has also repeatedly said last year’s protest was not meant to offend veterans but to raise awareness for what he perceives as misjustice for people of color. Agree with him or not, he doesn’t deserve this backlash and hatred.

    If it was Brady or Rodgers instead of Kaep, the majority of fans would support last year’s protests….

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    I agree. Fortunately no one would have to worry about Brady doing anything since he’s a racist that voted for Trump. Just remember all Trump voters might not be racist but all racists voted for Trump.

  29. “charger383 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 10:24 PM
    Rice, Lewis, Stallworth ect ect did not do their bad deeds in team uniform at the stadium just before an game”

    People have messed up priorities if this is being used as an excuse to compare kneeling in protest to murder and assaulting women.

  30. exinsidetrader says:
    Jul 30, 2017 9:35 PM

    What will it take for you Liberals to realize SJW-thinking is bad for business and society.

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    What will it take for you “conservatives” to understand more Americans voted for Hillary. Meaning most of America rejects the conservative platform. Correlation doesn’t equal causation.

    Yes Kaepernick is a disingenuous stooge, it shouldn’t suggest he represents everyone with left leaning politics. And while Trump won the election it was a Pyrrhic victory at best.

    Lastly, conservatives are losers. They always lose, always have, always will. Whether it was our Revolution, Civil War, Women’s rights, Civil Rights, Same-Sex Marriage and now Transgendered rights, YOU LOSE. Always have, always will.

  31. All this debate, yet none of it matters. This guy owns the team. He can chose whomever he wishes to employ, regardless of what I think, what you think, or what anyone else thinks.

  32. flaccojumpball says:

    Your privilege is showing.

    Of course it’s black vs white. Kap is black balled because he’s a strong black man. If he played nice they would have signed him by now. I support him and The Movement 100%.

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    “White Privilege” = the latest excuse for why so many young black males suck at life.

    And your “movement” is worth about as much as the “movement” I had this morning.

    I wouldn’t want an America-hating radical leftist SJW like Colin Kaepernick on my team, period. I believe the majority of fans feel that way too, and the owners know it.

  33. That’s so cute. People who don’t like Kaepernick don’t use that word “offend” very much if at all. They don’t get offended much and when they do, they don’t talk about it, especially in public. They know that word is used by a weaker, more problematic segment of society and figure it’s too corrupted it use out loud.

    Snowflakes indeed. hahahaha.
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    Isn’t that what exactly what Donald Trump does? He cries and whines on Twitter whenever something doesn’t go his way (which is basically daily). That guy is the very definition of “soft”. He’s no leader that’s for sure. Have you ever once heard him accept blame for something? I didn’t think so. It’s always someone else’s fault. A real leader takes the blame when something goes wrong even when it’s obviously not his fault.

  34. Dear Mr. Bisciotti,

    Please do not sign this turd. Ravens fans have been through enough the last few years.

    Sincerely,

    Ravens fan

  35. Kaeps unemployment says more about fans than it does about owners or players. Fans want a player banned for life for the crime of calling for all Americans to be treated fairly. Irregardless of whether you believe everyone is treated fair or whether kneeling for the anthem is a good way to raise awareness trying to get him a lifetime ban seems an over the top intimidation tactic.

  36. Kaepernick is a terrible QB… We are talking abut a backup QB here… The only good stats he got last year came when 49ers were being blown out by 40 points and the opposing team let him make little dink and dunks to take time off the clock… Look at his 1st and 2nd quarter numbers…Worst in the NFL

  37. The pendulum swings both ways. It’s extremely far to the right, but it’s about as far as it’s going. We just elected a guy that bragged about sexually assaulting women, and that actually helped boost his ratings. It’s going to come back down and then swing far to the left. Kaepernick will go down in history as an American hero, and sexual predators will be locked up.

  38. I never once contended that Kaepernick’s unemployment had to do with anything other than the bottom line. Bisciotti didn’t contradict Goodell, he tacitly stated a truth that the media ignores and one that as fans we lie to ourselves about all the time. The business of NFL football IS business. They don’t give a fig for the flag or our patriotism. Hell has everyone already forgotten they cynically made money off of it? Kaepernick’s unemployment isn’t about freedom of speech, it’s about something much dearer to an owner$ heart. As far as “the guy who did nothing wrong can’t get a second chance that he shouldn’t need” goes you are however gravely mistaken. Other players knelt, they are still employed. Here’s what you missed: They didn’t talk about oppression while pimping Castro and espousing hate like it’s a value or wear pig socks when what was needed was a dialogue about true community policing and they didn’t scream for change but not then declare they didn’t bother to vote. Kaepernick defiled the cause he espoused every bit as much as he disrespected the flag and the military men and women that were presenting it. That is why he is reviled. Is your horse so high that you can’t see the truth from up there or is it just too inconvenient to your viewpoint to acknowledge? Kaepernick didn’t martyr his career he murdered it.

    Your Jesus was his own cross maker. Hypocrisy, dilettantism and stupidity were his hammer, wood and nails. And all the while back at the cathedral of football capitalism, the business of football remains business, just as it always has and busine$$ is good. How you can’t see that boggles the mind

  39. f1restarter says:
    Jul 30, 2017 10:55 PM
    flaccojumpball says:

    Your privilege is showing.

    Of course it’s black vs white. Kap is black balled because he’s a strong black man. If he played nice they would have signed him by now. I support him and The Movement 100%.

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    “White Privilege” = the latest excuse for why so many young black males suck at life.

    And your “movement” is worth about as much as the “movement” I had this morning.

    I wouldn’t want an America-hating radical leftist SJW like Colin Kaepernick on my team, period. I believe the majority of fans feel that way too, and the owners know it.

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    Typical Trumpanzee

  40. I think the NFL owners present a great example. Show a conscientious thought and you should be outed. If you commit a real crime it depends on how good you are. The priorities of this country are a joke.

  41. The fact is most white people don’t agree with what he did because they believe the issue he’s taking a stance on is outdated and that the talk about him still being unemployed is ridiculous because he just doesn’t have the talent. Most black people support him because of his stance and would probably support their team giving him a chance simply because of it. My question is this: to all his supporters what if he was signed by your team and had to start and wasn’t any good? Would you still want him on your team? Or would you still feel like he deserved another chance……on any team but yours? Or would you finally accept what a lot of people are saying? That he was a flash in the pan. Or how about this: if a white player was to speak out and protest against the NAACP and how they feel it’s a racist organization. If that player was in Kaps position would you want him on your team if he was only good for the first 2 seasons out of 6? Florio can point out Ray Rice, Ray Lewis and Stallworth and try to compare it to Kaps situation all he wants but all 3 were good players and wether you like it or not most teams will put up with a distraction if it’s a talented player. Kap is not talented. The system that worked best for him is no longer relevant. Bisciotti said they weighed the potential distraction and of course that’s what was publicized but we all know it’s not just weighing distraction from a player it’s weighing distraction from a backup QB and wether or not it’s worth it. The media would follow Kap and of course if Kap played well before Flacco came back there’d be questions over why they’re putting Flacco back in when he’s healthy instead of sticking with Kap or if Flacco struggled there’d be questions about why they’re not considering starting Kap. It’d be nothing but drama. Kinda like when Dallas signed Michael Sam in ’14 as a practice squad player. No practice squad player gets nuch attention if you even hear about their signing but of course media wanted to talk about him and only him in Garrett’s press conference. And we all know why. Kap aint worth it cause the media questions and input wouldn’t be worth his lack of output. Florio can complain all he wants but it’s his own kind (media) who would cause the problems that teams want to avoid. Fans will always be fans and watch games no matter how much they cry about something in particular. Media makes money off the drama.

  42. And it directly conflicts with Goodell’s past insistence that teams consider only football impact when deciding whether to sign football players.
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    Don’t attack the premise of the comment without the context because the context is important. He was responding to the plethora of accusations from media and some players that he was being blackballed and his anthem ‘protest’ is the only reason he doesn’t have a job. At face value, the comment is absurd because teams NEVER consider ONLY football impact when deciding to sign players. They look at talent, roster structure/depth, medical issues, the cost of the player, salary cap implications, impact on/of the fan-base (on high profile guys) and they most certainly consider conduct on and off the field. To say they do not means that all that due diligence that draft prospects get is a complete waste of money We all know how the owners just love wasting all the money they possibly can, right? Twisting the facts to support an argument means the argument is simply not supported by the facts and consequently not valid.

  43. After all the debate and hand wringing his talent and will to play the game are still a significant questionable factors that do not out weigh the concerns of fan perception and locker room cohesion.

  44. f1restarter says:
    Jul 30, 2017 10:55 PM
    flaccojumpball says:
    Your privilege is showing.
    Of course it’s black vs white. Kap is black balled because he’s a strong black man. If he played nice they would have signed him by now. I support him and The Movement 100%.
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    “White Privilege” = the latest excuse for why so many young black males suck at life.
    And your “movement” is worth about as much as the “movement” I had this morning.
    I wouldn’t want an America-hating radical leftist SJW like Colin Kaepernick on my team, period. I believe the majority of fans feel that way too, and the owners know it.

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    You and I NEVER agree……until now. Nicely said!

  45. At this point in time if Kap was serious about football, he would go play in Canada. Showcase his “skills” and than try for the NFL again. Personally I did not approve of him sitting during the National Anthems but I still watched football. The best thing about this country is you have freedom of expression but you also have to understand every action has a reaction.

  46. hahaicansezbelicheat says:
    Jul 30, 2017 10:51 PM

    “charger383 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 10:24 PM
    Rice, Lewis, Stallworth ect ect did not do their bad deeds in team uniform at the stadium just before an game”

    People have messed up priorities if this is being used as an excuse to compare kneeling in protest to murder and assaulting women.

    Kapenick planed his and did it while a part of the team, the other guys stuff was not planed it just happened and wasn’t on the field

  47. I support everything Kaepernick claims to stand for, but I don’t support Colin Kaepernick. Yes, he has every right to protest in any nonviolent way he sees fit, and I’d defend that right. But that doesn’t mean I have to approve of the method he’s chosen or that his actions don’t have consequences.

    Like me, I suppose he wants people to receive equal treatment under the law. But I don’t believe the white jurors who’ve failed to convict when unarmed black citizens have been killed by police are going to become more empathetic on this issue because Colin Kaepernick wears pig socks, refuses to vote, and disrespects our Armed Forces (of all races) by refusing to stand for the National Anthem. He’s done nothing but stir up a lot of political drama during a time when many of us just want to relax and escape the nonstop divisiveness of politics for a brief time. He’s a mediocre player who’d never get this kind of attention if he hadn’t played politics instead of playing football. I hope the Ravens pass and those truly committed to this issue can go on fighting for justice in a rational way.

  48. rainsarge says:
    Jul 30, 2017 11:02 PM
    Kaeps unemployment says more about fans than it does about owners or players. Fans want a player banned for life for the crime of calling for all Americans to be treated fairly. Irregardless of whether you believe everyone is treated fair or whether kneeling for the anthem is a good way to raise awareness trying to get him a lifetime ban seems an over the top intimidation tactic.

    Irregardless isn’t a word.
    If Kap was so interested in people being treated fairly, why was he openly supportive of a communist dictator? He’s just another idiotic brainwashed SJW preaching about the en vogue social issues he reads on Twitter.

  49. BraceForImpact says:
    Lastly, conservatives are losers. They always lose, always have, always will. Whether it was our Revolution, Civil War, Women’s rights, Civil Rights, Same-Sex Marriage and now Transgendered rights, YOU LOSE. Always have, always will.

    Um the Revolution was America’s most united point so the whole liberal vs conservative thing didn’t exist. America as a whole won. Civil War was also pre conservative/liberal. It was over the south tired of being ridiculously taxed by the north not about ideology. Civil rights? Republicans were for civil rights it was democrats who opposed it. Same sex marriage is neither here nor there with me. Transgenders? I don’t care who I offend you were either born a man or woman. Try to change it all you want but a transgender woman can’t birth children and a transgender man can’t impregnate. The transgender “victory” for transgenders is the equivalent of the Falcons in the Super Bowl. Almost there but just can’t pull it off

  50. Having Mallett as the backup is not gonna work. The Ravens have to sign a real quarterback whether its Kap or whoever they have to move on from Mallett.

  51. “White Privilege” = the latest excuse for why so many young black males suck at life.
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    Trust me buddy, I can show you an awful lot of white males who suck at life as well. Success isn’t bound by racial identity; society is filled with gods and clods, always has been and always will be.

    But keep plodding through life thinking you’re superior based on the color of your skin. If that’s all you have to cling to, you live a very sad life.

  52. “The guy who did nothing wrong”? He disrespected the flag. He disrespected the United States. He disrespected everyone who fought and died for the flag and country. And he extolled the virtues of Fidel Castro and Cuba, a brutal dictatorial regime, that had murdered tens of thousands of innocent political dissidents. The irony is that in Cuba, the country he loves, he would have been imprisoned or killed for disrespecting the country.

  53. Fact is, more white people get killed by police then African Americans or any group of people. White people are the #1 people in absolute terms of who is getting killed by police.

    But it’s not about who gets killed more. What moron thinks this way? The evidence is there that it is a problem happening to ALL RACES. Why segregate into races? Is it not obvious to these morons it is a problem of ALL RACES?

    Militarization of police was done by ALL RACES, including one Barrack Obama. It is a problem against ALL RACES. Simple as that.

    But Kaepernick made it ABOUT RACE by saying it was directed towards people of color by whitey. What a moron.

    He lost his argument right there. He was done, even if morons didn’t realize it. He was done. He lost. It was over.

    He made it worse when he decided to protest against the American flag and the national anthem. This has nothing to do with police brutality, and is exactly the worst time to do it.

    He made/makes it even worse when he decided to wear pig socks, fidel castro shirts, and spout idiocy on twitter from time to time. Each time he tweets, he shows his lack of understanding about the issue he tweets about. I cringe when I read his Yo Gabba Gabba level thoughts.

    To top it all off, when it came time to vote, he didn’t even vote. The least he could do is go and write in a vote. A protest vote. But he couldn’t even be bothered with that.

    For the record, most people forget though, that most eligible by age and law Americans didn’t even vote. They also forget that there are more Independent voters then either Republican or Democrat. (some posters above haven’t assimilated this reality. No matter who won, NO ONE would have had a TRUE majority.)

    The police that are killing us ALL are doing it through bad policy that actually hurts them. They have a tough job, and being directed on high with stupid policies, military equipment and training doesn’t make their or anyone’s lives easier.

    They are put in bad positions through policy, and the end result is the people who interact with them OF ALL RACES, COLORS, and CREEDS are on the wrong side and consequence of those bad policies backed by overkill levels of equipment.

    But Kaepernick never delves into actual policy. He just tries to make a scene in an obnoxious way and divides everyone. This makes it impossible to get to anything, because no one is talking about the issue, they are just talking about the nonsense revolving around RACE.

    He wants to blame one race and pit it against another. Anyone that finds such a ‘protest’ enlightening is about as enlightened as a turnip.

    Now he ‘stops’ his protest saying he’s brought attention, but has the problem of the militarization of the police been solved? Nope. But he wants a job now.

    He’s a sideshow, and his political acumen is below Forrest Gump.

    Only a fool brings race into a subject that has nothing to do with race.

    Only a fool disrespects the flag when there was no reason to.

    Only a fool doesn’t realize that as a starting QB he had a platform already to speak to the media at least once a week during the season.

    Why didn’t he use the platform that was already there? You know to talk about actual policy and what can be changed or implemented.

    Oh he didn’t do that. He just decided to trash everyone, and low information people bought it up and defend it.

  54. Reading the comments on the threads here makes it clear to me that most Americans no longer desire to get along or peacefully coexist. Over the last 10 yrs or so everyone has become extremely angry. Moral and political controversy has spilled over into every aspect of daily life and everyone just wants to fight over politics religion race sex, you name it. No one cares about political compromise or mutual respect and understanding anymore. Nowadays. being RIGHT and crushing your opposition is whats important. In an environment where everyone hates each other, another civil war seems inevitable.

  55. “A second chance he shouldn’t need”? His actions help perpetuate a horribly misfounded idea that somehow law enforcement in the US is the enemy. Bottom line…his actions has promoted violence against those that put their life on the line to protect us everyday. His actions has caused lives to be lost. He is unrepentant, and does not deserve any second chances.

  56. I am confused about all this hate on someone who cares for those who can’t defend themselves. There is nothing unpatriotic about what he did except to those who are racist or bigoted.

    I will become a fan of the Ravens if they sign Kap.

  57. Yes, so what? Part of evaluating a player is whether or not he would be bad PR or a distraction off the field. Maybe the Mr. Florio doesn’t realize this, but not everyone likes their country disrespected as it was last year. And have no doubt that that is exactly what happened. Why is it still a mystery that most people were angry about their anti-flag temper tantrum?

  58. Has Mr. Kapernick shown any interest in being a QB, vice a distraction? Has he hired a secret Qb whisperer (he could certainly use one)? Where are the mega-workout tapes? All I’ve seen are vacation pieces. If he has so little interest in the game, why should the game have any interest in him?

  59. “White Privilege” = the latest excuse for why so many young black males suck at life.
    ———————————-

    Trust me buddy, I can show you an awful lot of white males who suck at life as well. Success isn’t bound by racial identity; society is filled with gods and clods, always has been and always will be.

    But keep plodding through life thinking you’re superior based on the color of your skin. If that’s all you have to cling to, you live a very sad life.

    —————————————

    That last sentence sounds like it was taken straight from the official liberal handbook. Naturally, it’s a complete lie.

    Clearly the leftist indoctrination program has taken root with you.

  60. Yes, he considered off the field issues! It is a BUSINESS, it is what you do when you have a BUSINESS, you consider everything! Quit pushing a liberal narrative, Mike, of “whatever the latest cause is”.
    As in my previous post, he has NEVER said he would not protest. Somebody supposedly speaking for him has said he would not protest in 2017.

  61. Why is this a race debate!? He’s half white! Raised by white parents! If anything he’s a white QB that can’t play in the pocket. Costs too much and, it’s hard enough to get ready for a season without having networks camped outside of your practice facility. The media is at fault

  62. Can’t wait for all the snowflakes to come complain about how a backup quarterback offends them so much.
    __________________
    Snowflakes are people that cry about wanting safe spaces, call everyone with whom they disagree a “racist etc,” and are so deranged by cognitive dissonance that they are still crying over the loss of a sickly, pro-Banker corrupt Establishment candidate in a pantsuit.

    _______________________________________

    Safe spaces? You mean like trying to create a politics free safe space within a football team? Call everyone racisits? You mean the same way everyone calls Kaep a muslim or complains that hes not black enough to care about what he cares about? And deranged by cognitive dissonance? You mean how people are STILL fixated on Obama and Hillary 8 months after the fact while their own people have done as much, if not more, to hurt the country?

  63. If he had committed murder or beaten his wife and kids, the fans would have been fine with that but he took a knee during the national anthem. No wonder we ended up with Trump as president.

  64. Most on here are just blind. Blind and hidden from what goes on in the real world. To the poster who says that white people are the top race killed by police. Well…Duh. Around 63% of the country are white and 12-13% black. Blacks are over 2 1/2 times as likely to be killed by cops than whites and 5 times if both races are unarmed. You cant dispute facts, unless ofcourse you still support King Trump. For the rest of you ‘secret’ racists, or who try and justify your own intolerance by crapping over our first amendment, I suggest you dig deep and find out what’s really bothering you.

  65. Regardless what Goodell says, it isn’t just about talent and winning. It’s about money, always has been, always will. Like any good businessman (or businesswoman), an owner will assess the cost versus the benefit. Generally, if the cost (in $) is greater than the benefit, the player doesn’t get signed. Occasionally a Branch Rickey will take a stand for what is right and hire a Jackie Robinson, damn the cost. This is not a Jackie Robinson story–Kap’s exercise of free speech came at his team’s expense and offended a large number of veterans, sticking a thumb in their eye to make his point (regardless of the validity of his point). Now the owners have to assess how deep the outrage of the fans runs, and whether having Kap is worth it.

  66. Florio makes great points about all the criminal activity that is overlooked.
    I have not seen a picture of Kaepernick lately, but he did not help his cause with the big “Fro” look. Clean it up the personal look, impress at a workout, express you desire to get back into the game, and you’ll get a break.

  67. >>Lastly, conservatives are losers. They always lose, always have, always will. Whether it was our Revolution, Civil War, Women’s rights, Civil Rights, Same-Sex Marriage and now Transgendered rights, YOU LOSE. Always have, always will.

    You obviously flunked history. In the Civil War, the pro-slavery party was the Democratic Party. The abolitionist Republican Party was founded in 1854 and their first candidate to win the US Presidency was some guy named Lincoln – ever hear of him?

  68. waynefontesismyfather says:
    Jul 30, 2017 9:25 PM
    Hallelujah! An owner who doesn’t sugar coat things, speaks the truth and comes right out and says that he doesn’t want the guy in the same zip code as his team.

    Nothing but props to Steve B for this one!

    307 34
    ________________________
    Where in any part of this article do you get the impression this is what “Steve B” implies???

    The unbridled ignorance on these boards is deafening.

    #everythingtheydouseitagainstthem

  69. titusyoung says:

    Can’t wait for all the snowflakes to come complain about how a backup quarterback offends them so much.
    ==================================

    It’s amusing how the snowflake liberals try to turn the label around on others.

  70. I get his protests and have no issue with it, but how he did it, yes I have take issue with that. As for Baltimore fans, the opening of our games is very patriotic. We start with God Bless the USA and finish with our national anthem. Imagine have Kap playing in Baltimore, the man who protested the National Anthem, coming to a town where the national anthem was written.

  71. If an NFL team felt that CK could help them win games in this league he would be signed regardless of the potential fallout from his position on social injustice. The fact he is not signed is a reflection on his unique skill set which has eroded as he has gotten older. There are only a select number of teams that are compatible with his style and they seem to be happy with what they have. If CK had played better the last few years he would be signed somewhere.

  72. If an NFL team felt that CK could help them win games in this league he would be signed regardless of the potential fallout from his position on social injustice. The fact he is not signed is a reflection on his unique skill set which has eroded as he has gotten older. There are only a select number of teams that are compatible with his style and they seem to be happy with what they have. If CK had played better the last few years he would be signed somewhere.

  73. xyturnout says:
    Jul 31, 2017 9:12 AM
    >>Lastly, conservatives are losers. They always lose, always have, always will. Whether it was our Revolution, Civil War, Women’s rights, Civil Rights, Same-Sex Marriage and now Transgendered rights, YOU LOSE. Always have, always will.

    You obviously flunked history. In the Civil War, the pro-slavery party was the Democratic Party. The abolitionist Republican Party was founded in 1854 and their first candidate to win the US Presidency was some guy named Lincoln – ever hear of him?

    ——————————————————————–

    That’s funny. I could have sworn that Donald Trump — a conservative — won the Presidential election over Hillary Clinton — a liberal.
    And I love how you blame conservatives for everything from the Revolutionary War to cancer. Your opinion typifies the way liberals think. They whine that conservatives throw a broad paint brush on them, when in fact it’s the liberals who do that more than anyone.
    I am a conservative on many issues, but I am also a liberal on others. I am also a registered Democrat who hasn’t voted for too many Democrats in a long while because they are simply too liberal. The last Democrat I voted for for President was Jimmy Carter. Carter was an honorable man but he was a lousy President because he was a control freak and because he was a minnow swimming with sharks in this country and especially around the world. I voted against him the 2nd time because he was a complete failure as President.
    I’ll tell you how I stand on the issues you mentioned.
    Revolutionary War — it was inevitable that America would fight for its freedom because that’s why most Americans were here, to escape persecution.
    Civil War — You’ve already been straightened out on that one by the poster above.
    Women’s rights — check your history. Women had to fight conservatives and liberals on that one.
    Civil Rights — Southern Democrats were a huge factor in what happened to blacks for over 100 years in the south, where discrimination was at its worst. In fact, JFK was in Dallas the day he was assassinated because he was trying to reel in Southern Democrats for the ’64 election.
    Same Sex Marriage and Transgender rights — I don’t care what anyone is or does behind closed doors as long as they are consenting adults. But where I draw the line is people from these groups dictate to the rest of us how we must think and live. When they infringe on the rights of “straight” people, they go way too far. And that’s what I object to. For example, don’t tell me that my grandchildren have to share bathrooms or showers in school with transgenders. If a boy has boys “equipment”, he belongs in the boys room, not the girls room. They haven’t done it yet, but if they try to do that in my granddaughter’s school (allow boys to use the girls rooms), I will fight them all the way any way I can.
    That’s what bothers me most about people like you. You included many things in your rant, but you didn’t mention people who are religious or straight. They have rights, too, but liberals violate their rights all the time. They lump all religious people as fanatical or zealots. They call people who voted for Donald Trump racists. I voted for Donald Trump and I am not a racist, or anti-gay or anything else like that. I voted for him because I believe the liberal agenda has not worked.
    Conservatives want one thing I want. That is for people to help themselves before the government helps them. If they are capable of working, they should have to work. If they keep on having children while they are on government assistance programs, they should be cut off of them. If they are using (or selling) drugs or abusing alcohol or getting arrested, they should be cut off from these programs as well.
    I also believe in the mandatory death penalty for terrorists and cop killers. In fact, if I had my way, they’d hang them.
    Finally, look at the way this country’s morals and values have declined over the last 50 years. Then ask yourself which group — conservatives or liberals — is most responsible for that. The answer is the liberals, and it’s not even debatable. I know, because I’ve seen it with my own eyes.
    I am more Conservative than liberal. I will help anyone who will help themselves. But I refuse to help anyone who doesn’t help themselves, and that includes my own family.

  74. Assume Flacco is done for the year.

    Ryan Mallet is equal to 5-11 ball. Real talk.

    Kapernick is at least 8-8 ball, and maybe you get to that 9-7 to 11-5 range that is playoff calliber.

    The fans you will “lose” going 5-11 for the 2nd time in 3 years will outnumber the people who want to play politics with who is one the team.

    If they know Flacco has a herniated disc, you better have Kaep on speed dial.

    Al Davis had it right – JUST WIN BABY. If you think you will lose more fans signing Kaep than you will going 5-11 or worse, you don’t under the league.

    Most of the Ravens fans who claim they wouldn’t watch will hope RIGHT back on if Kaep can lead wins against Cinci, Pittsburgh, New England

  75. Lost in this stream of semi-consciousness is the fact that Ravens do not have much cap room (not totally lost – a few people have mentioned it, but only a few). Unless Kaepernick is willing to sign for the vet minimum for one year (and he might be – I have no idea how much he wants and neither does anyone else posting here) this is really just a bunch of posturing by the fans posting here. Unless Flacco is injured more seriously than anyone is letting on, the Ravens have other needs more critical than a backup QB to spend their few precious cap room dollars on – an offensive tackle, a center, an other defensive back just to name a few.

  76. notlistinin says:
    Jul 30, 2017 10:18 PM
    That’s so cute. People who don’t like Kaepernick don’t use that word “offend” very much if at all. They don’t get offended much and when they do, they don’t talk about it, especially in public. They know that word is used by a weaker, more problematic segment of society and figure it’s too corrupted it use out loud.

    Snowflakes indeed. hahahaha.
    ________________________
    Semantics.

    I use the word Hypocrites. The biggest “problematic” segment of society.
    Everyday your “weakness” is on display.

    #liveyourprivatelife

  77. Why do you consistently leave out the “police as pigs” socks, the statements that exaggerate the number of police that are problematic, and the support for Castro when you discuss Kaepernick? It’s much more than just the kneeling during the anthem.

  78. @jg2040 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 1:27 AM

    “The guy who did nothing wrong”? He disrespected the flag. He disrespected the United States. He disrespected everyone who fought and died for the flag and country. And he extolled the virtues of Fidel Castro and Cuba, a brutal dictatorial regime, that had murdered tens of thousands of innocent political dissidents. The irony is that in Cuba, the country he loves, he would have been imprisoned or killed for disrespecting the country.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Spare me the Fidel Castro diatribe. It’s not as if the United States has clean hands when it comes to imprisoning people, murdering people, oppressing people. In fact, it’s still continuing to this day. Why else are republicans gerrymandering voting districts and attempting to suppress minority voters?

  79. @ tangotwo22 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 9:46 AM

    If an NFL team felt that CK could help them win games in this league he would be signed regardless of the potential fallout from his position on social injustice. The fact he is not signed is a reflection on his unique skill set which has eroded as he has gotten older. There are only a select number of teams that are compatible with his style and they seem to be happy with what they have. If CK had played better the last few years he would be signed somewhere.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I suggest you read the story again…the owner of the Ravens publicly stated …“I hope we do what is best for the team and balance that with what’s best for the fans. Your opinions matter to us, and we couldn’t get a consensus on it in [this room] either.”
    So there you have it…translation it has nothing to do with his playing ability.

  80. Agree 100%, Mike. Kaepernick used one of the rights guaranteed to him.

    How can you say that the NFL owners/GMs aren’t doing the same thing?

  81. tvguy22 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:05 AM
    Agree 100%, Mike. Kaepernick used one of the rights guaranteed to him.

    How can you say that the NFL owners/GMs aren’t doing the same thing.
    ________________________

    THEN SAY IT!!!!!!

    Say we don’t want Colin Kaepernick in the League because He protested police brutality.

    #stophidingbehindaflag

  82. jmc8888 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 2:08 AM

    Fact is, more white people get killed by police then African Americans or any group of people. White people are the #1 people in absolute terms of who is getting killed by police.
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    That’s because there are more white people in America.

  83. If he didn’t stink at the qb position he would be picked up. He instead stinks and he has baggage. The baggage is protesting and demanding change but then not voting. It makes him a hypocrite with baggage. If he was talented like Ray Lewis and Mike Vick were he would be signed.

  84. It is not a fundamental right to do so on company time, on company property. Everyone has the right to do so on their own time and their own or public property. That should be clearly spelled out in the next player contract.

  85. Breaking laws or not, Kap still showed ignorance that got majority of American upset. Any owner or GM should always consider non-football factors when signing a player. And while Kap has freedom of speech to kneel during the National Anthem, he shouldn’t have brought politics to his job when it has nothing to with politics. If he wished to use his celebrity status to cause awareness, he should’ve done it outside of football games.

  86. jmc8888, great post. I agree with most of it but I would love to debate the militarization of police angle however this is not the forum for that. I may disagree about the cause but it does seem like you are one of the few that has actually looked beyond the divisive surface politics that drive most of the drama and kept alive by the intellectually lazy. Kudos.

  87. Not signing a QB because you think he would, despite his ability, be a distraction to the team and risk putting off a large part of your fanbase? Because you think he may not be as committed to football as he is to other things in his life?

    That most certainly IS a business decision and a football decision.

    Also, let’s not forget Kaep opted out of his contract (what, something like 15 mill?); he wasn’t cut. He made that choice. He also made the choice to become the focus of something other than being a QB. And I’ll be clear – though I didn’t care for his protest, I totally support his right to have protested as he did. And the truth is, actions do come with consequences, good, bad or both.

  88. mmack66 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:11 AM
    jmc8888 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 2:08 AM

    Fact is, more white people get killed by police then African Americans or any group of people. White people are the #1 people in absolute terms of who is getting killed by police.
    —————————-

    That’s because there are more white people in America.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Careful, lest you destroy your own argument. Do white people commit the most crime? I don’t care what the answer actually is but if the answer is no then there is just as much of a chance the cause is a cultural issue as it is a racist targeting issue by the police.

  89. Just let the KAP ship sail away. Quietly.

    He is not that good.
    All of the QB’s of his ilk have been figured out. Nobody runs his type of offense. He is not wanted or needed.
    Let it go.

  90. Best comment on this article:
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    finnymcphin says:

    I never once contended that Kaepernick’s unemployment had to do with anything other than the bottom line. Bisciotti didn’t contradict Goodell, he tacitly stated a truth that the media ignores and one that as fans we lie to ourselves about all the time. The business of NFL football IS business. They don’t give a fig for the flag or our patriotism. Hell has everyone already forgotten they cynically made money off of it? Kaepernick’s unemployment isn’t about freedom of speech, it’s about something much dearer to an owner$ heart. As far as “the guy who did nothing wrong can’t get a second chance that he shouldn’t need” goes you are however gravely mistaken. Other players knelt, they are still employed. Here’s what you missed: They didn’t talk about oppression while pimping Castro and espousing hate like it’s a value or wear pig socks when what was needed was a dialogue about true community policing and they didn’t scream for change but not then declare they didn’t bother to vote. Kaepernick defiled the cause he espoused every bit as much as he disrespected the flag and the military men and women that were presenting it. That is why he is reviled. Is your horse so high that you can’t see the truth from up there or is it just too inconvenient to your viewpoint to acknowledge? Kaepernick didn’t martyr his career he murdered it.

    Your Jesus was his own cross maker. Hypocrisy, dilettantism and stupidity were his hammer, wood and nails. And all the while back at the cathedral of football capitalism, the business of football remains business, just as it always has and busine$$ is good. How you can’t see that boggles the mind

  91. re flaccotoboldin says:
    Jul 31, 2017 10:11 AM
    Assume Flacco is done for the year.

    Ryan Mallet is equal to 5-11 ball. Real talk.

    Kapernick is at least 8-8 ball, and maybe you get to that 9-7 to 11-5 range that is playoff calliber.

    The fans you will “lose” going 5-11 for the 2nd time in 3 years will outnumber the people who want to play politics with who is one the team.

    =================================

    flaccotoboldin: Whatever you are taking, please pass it on to the rest of us!

    Kaepernick is mediocre with a capital “M”. What was the 49ers record the past two seasons? Notwithstanding: Mallet is tall & strong-armed and can stand tall in the pocket. Vegan-fed weak-armed Kaepernick is puny and tries to make yards with his feet, not his arm. Mallet could step in for an injured Flacco and the identical offensive could be employed. If Kaepernick were to join the team, an entirely new offense would have to be attempted, impacting the 10 other guys.

  92. andtheeaststreetshuffle says:
    Jul 31, 2017 8:28 AM
    Most on here are just blind. Blind and hidden from what goes on in the real world. To the poster who says that white people are the top race killed by police. Well…Duh. Around 63% of the country are white and 12-13% black. Blacks are over 2 1/2 times as likely to be killed by cops than whites and 5 times if both races are unarmed. You cant dispute facts, unless ofcourse you still support King Trump. For the rest of you ‘secret’ racists, or who try and justify your own intolerance by crapping over our first amendment, I suggest you dig deep and find out what’s really bothering you.

    ——
    Finally someone on that side of the argument that understands population per capita. Now could you share with us the segment of our population that commits the VAST majority of violent crimes? I can’t say for sure, but I’d be willing to wager it might be the same group that has the most contact with the police (gets killed the most by police)? It’s almost like there’s a correlation there or something…

  93. Ok…On a positive PR note. The Ravens can use Kap’s acts of Philanthropy as positive media – he has donated over a million dollars of his OWN money to various charities and suits to parolees entering back into society.

    Harbs donated some FREE hats to the members of the military serving overseas and the PR machine got it out there. The brand took a leap with that one.

  94. For the Ravens, and others, killing a black man, or beating a woman (white, black, or brown) is better than standing up for the rights of blacks. Because, after all, only one of those challenges the privileges of whites.

    That’s basically what Kaepernick has done…how dare he?

  95. If Kraperdick were 10 Times better than Brady and completed 90% of his passes and 19-0 was a possibility, I would Still NOT sign him!!! I would rater be 0-19!!! He should be Beat!!!

  96. I’m glad Bisciotti is looking at ALL factors when looking at signing Kaepernick. People who think it is only about kneeling for the anthem don’t have the full picture as it hasn’t really been represented much around here. Kaepernick has done a lot of other things to call into question his real motives and further alienate himself from most NFL fans. If it were only about the things done by some awful police officers then he wouldn’t have a problem. It are all the other things he’s done and said that matter, and that so far PFT hasn’t mentioned. If he really wants to get back in the NFL he needs to:

    1) Apologize for offending people for kneeling for the anthem and try to explain again what his whole point of that was. I know it was supposedly to draw attention to a situation that he felt strongly about.

    2) Apologize to the police for wearing those socks. All police officers are not white, there are a lot of minorities that wear the uniform as well.

    3) Apologize for praising a dictator and distance himself from those comments. This one move alone makes him seem like somebody that doesn’t know what he’s talking about at all. How can you speak out about oppression and then praise one of the worst dictators in modern history?

    4) Start teaching children about their actual rights and not the ones he’s making up.

    5) Stop posting hate speech on his Twitter account and apologize for his “cops are slave catchers” post.

    After he’s done all that then he needs to get in a camp and show people he can still play football at a high level. Clearly the Seahawks didn’t think much of his workout and that was probably one of his best fits from a system perspective.

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