Doug Baldwin changes his mind about the reasons for Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment

AP

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin originally didn’t believe that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was having a hard time finding a job due to issues other than football. Baldwin has now changed his mind.

“My original position was, I thought that the situation last year with him taking a knee [during the national anthem] didn’t have anything to do with it and after viewing was going on I got to take that back,” Baldwin told reporters on Saturday. “I definitely think that the league, the owners are trying to send a message of staying between the lines, and it is frustrating because you want to have guys that are willing to speak out about things that they believe in – whether you agree with it or not. That is definitely playing a role now, more so than I thought it was going to.”

So why did Baldwin change his mind?

“I think it’s, if you take a step back and look at the overall picture, there’s a lot of teams in this league that could use a quarterback with Colin Kaepernick’s ability and why he doesn’t have a job, at this point it’s very telling to me,” Baldwin said. “He’s a very capable player and again there’s a lot of teams out there that need quarterbacks. Whether they’re starting quarterbacks or a backup quarterback. The fact that he hasn’t been brought into camp yet is questionable.”

Baldwin doesn’t believe his own team decided not to sign Kaepernick for non-football reasons, and Baldwin emphasized that the organization allows players to speak their minds. But Baldwin seems to now agree with teammate Richard Sherman‘s belief that, ultimately, it’s not about race or football but about power. Others who demonstrated during the anthem a year ago remain employed, but Kaepernick was the first. Kaepernick was the leader. Kaepernick is the one who seems to be paying for it with his career.

And every other current and future player now is on notice of what can happen if the platform provided by the NFL is co-opted for a player’s own agenda.

53 responses to “Doug Baldwin changes his mind about the reasons for Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment

  1. Some owners are angry at Kaep, others are scared of the fans. But yes he’s clearly off the field for other than football Biscotti and Mara admitted this.

  2. Players need to realize that NFL games are not the place to vocalize perceived grievances that have nothing to do with the sport itself. Fans tune into to watch football being played, not to listen to social justice commentary. There are multiple different platforms in between games for which players can take advantage of. They can’t go anywhere without someone sticking a camera or microphone in their face who is willing to allow them to voice their opinions on any topic.

    Whether or not Kaep intended to offend anyone, the fact remains that he has. His ignorance on may of the topics for which he speaks, only had made fans view of his stance worse.

  3. No way, Kap’s just a lousy QB.

    Tebow was the one that was actually black balled.
    Got to keep those Christians in line, you know.

    Right…..

  4. What these guys don’t seem to get is that they are working for an employer that has every right to determine what it deems acceptable behavior while in its employ.

    How hard is that to understand? SMH.

  5. If kap was speaking out about breast cancer awareness or gay rights the agendas in which the nfl supports he would be signed by now but since he’s speaking on social issues that have been affecting the black community for decades it’s a problem.

  6. If he were Tom Brady…… or Drew Brees…… or Aaron rogers, people would have…….

    Oh wait, he is not, he is not even close to that level. He is a bench warmer at best, and as such, why would any business man worth his salt, want the unnecessary distractions that this middle-of-the-roader brings?’

    His girlfriend just sealed his fate. For his sake, and everyone that cares about football, let his story die the death, nice and quick, it deserves.

  7. That’s his employers right to not want a loud mouth. You can say what you want and not go to jail, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences at your job. You’re paid to play football. You can swap that out for being a social justice warrior instead if you’d like. But don’t be mad if the owners don’t want a guy who alienated half his fan base that he needs to put butts in the seats and make enough money to pay your ridiculous contract.

  8. “Others who demonstrated during the anthem a year ago remain employed, but Kaepernick was the first. Kaepernick was the leader. Kaepernick is the one who seems to be paying for it with his career.’

    You left out “Kaepernick was the one wearing pig socks. Kaepernick was the one talking about oppression while pimping Castro. Kaepernick was the one firing off hate tweets. Kaepernick was the one calling for change but not taking the time to vote for any of the social initiatives on his ballot.” Oh wait, all of that doesn’t fit the agenda…never mind. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

    Your boy is a fraud who stepped on his crank and that is the reason he is reviled while the others skated.

  9. When your fame exceeds your abilities, that’s too much for a backup quarterback.

    Ask Tim Tebow. Ask Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson when they got into their mid 30’s.

    Teams tolerate your shenanigans when you’re a star because NFL fans have remarkably short memories when you start scoring touchdowns and winning football games.

    Point Blank: Colin Kaepernick won’t, and shouldn’t, get another opportunity in the NFL unless he has a crystal clear path to being a starter. IMO, based on what I saw the last couple seasons in San Francisco, having a clear path to being a starter is very very unlikely for this guy.

  10. Tebow was the one that was actually black balled.
    Got to keep those Christians in line, you know.
    ___________
    How? Tebow had two chances with the Jets and the Eagles after getting traded from the Broncos. Teams even asked him to switch to tight end and he declined.

  11. He hit the nail on the head about it being about power because even the tools who think this is about patriotism don’t know their owners. Outside of a few ones that stick out on either side of politics like Bob McNair and Woody Jonson as Republicans and the Rooneys and Giant owners as Democrats, the rest of them are mostly apolitical and could care less as evidenced by them giving money to both sides so they can call favors on whoever gets elected as most rich people do. Like I loved to see some fools come here and think because Robert Kraft supported Trump that he was suddenly one of them, not realizing that he gave quite a bit of money to President Obama just 4 years earlier, which clearly points to him not caring who is President and going more on who he knows personally. The Ravens owner is probably one of the least political owners in the league if you look at his past contributions, but some people suddenly think he’s a staunch Republican because this was a different animal for owners on the whole. They’re used to the wife beatings and DUIs. This one was a curveball, and none of them want to touch it if they don’t have to in most cases as he said out loud when he was musing on the idea of them signing him. Don’t give us a headache to deal with, real or perceived as I largely think this whole thing is as 9 out of 10 veterans who are supposed to be the most offended would tell you it didn’t bother you because they have real problems to deal with like their country not taking care of them when they get back from fighting for us.

  12. I still believe that it was more the pig socks, the Castro shirt and the weight loss. And just the fact that he kinda comes off as a jerk.

  13. finnymcphin says:
    August 5, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    “Others who demonstrated during the anthem a year ago remain employed, but Kaepernick was the first. Kaepernick was the leader. Kaepernick is the one who seems to be paying for it with his career.’

    You left out “Kaepernick was the one wearing pig socks. Kaepernick was the one talking about oppression while pimping Castro. Kaepernick was the one firing off hate tweets. Kaepernick was the one calling for change but not taking the time to vote for any of the social initiatives on his ballot.” Oh wait, all of that doesn’t fit the agenda…never mind. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”

    I’ve been trying to make posts containing information like this for months now and they keep getting deleted. Add in, “He didn’t vote and is improperly informing children by not actually teaching them about their real rights under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

  14. Here are the reasons why he doesn’t have a job.

    1) He is a bottom third on the NFL starter but more of a back-up.
    2) Most NFL offenses would have to change their entire scheme for him.
    3) He disrespected the American flag, thus disrespecting America, the brace men and women who defend our country and flag.
    4) He aligned himself with Black Lives Matter which promotes violence against police.
    5) He wore pig socks.
    6) He wore a Fidel Castro t-shirt and extolled the virtues of Cuba and Castro one of the most brutal regimes in the world against its citizens.
    7) He said that Cuba was better than the United States.
    8) He has been extremely out spoken in social media promoting his far left, anti-police, anti-America ideology.
    9) No team thinks he is good enough to deal with all the controversy and the distractions.

  15. I don’t know who is more annoying, the people who don’t think what Kap did has anything to do with why he doesn’t have a job or the people who think what he did shouldn’t be considered when deciding to employ him. Well, it’s the latter actually. But they both suck.

  16. Kapernikick once wore a Miami Dolphins hat….while being employed by the 49ers! I dunno about you liberals, but I don’t want my QB wearing another teams colors and logo…

  17. It never really was about the Anthem for me. True it was classless, but beside the point. Statistics don’t match his assertions, his theme was race politics, and he expressed support for brutal Socialist dictators (which in the case of Castro, was never brought up in the speculation about Miami when Tannyhill got injured and has a large Cuban population who risked their lives to get away from).
    Whatever you call this pervasive movement, it is the underlying problem in American society today. From militant vegans, hysterical 3rd wave feminists, to BLM, the entitlement ‘tear down society’ crowd needs to grow up. We were born into a place that allows people to basically do as they please when it harms no one else, and always say what they please. Each of the above groups are against that, want power to dictate YOUR life, and ruin this country and Colin Kaepernick bought into all of it.

  18. Tebow was the one that was actually black balled.
    Got to keep those Christians in line, you know.
    ___________
    How? Tebow had two chances with the Jets and the Eagles after getting traded from the Broncos. Teams even asked him to switch to tight end and he declined

    _______________________

    Satire, dude, satire

  19. Kaep can’t find a job because he disrespected police, veterans, and America. I’m fine with him being out of work because of it.

  20. It wasn’t just the protests. If he sat/kneeled that’s one thing. It’s the stuff that’s transpired since then; the pig socks, the Castro shirt/speech, going to Africa for the 4th of July and speaking badly of America.

    Now his Muslim girlfriend is calling owners racists and klansmen for not signing him? Dude is done and it’s not for just taking a knee.

  21. I’ve been to corners on the internet where it seems everyone thinks there is a conspiracy out to get them;
    -White males who think “they” are out to undermine them, destroy them.
    -Black females, who think they are under attack by “those people”.
    -Black males who think there is a conspiracy out to get them by “the man”.
    -Feminists who think “the patriarchy” is oppressing them.
    -Male rights activists who think “the system” is oppressing men.
    -White people in general who think the west is under attack by a pernicious global “cabal”.
    -Black people in general who think that “those in charge” are systematically oppressing them.
    -LGBTQ crowd who think “they” are out to get them.
    -Mexicans who think “those people” are discriminating against them.

    And many more. Kaepernick and their crowd are just one of many who think that they are being done wrong in some way, on purpose. I personally don’t prescribe to their cause, seeing the many flaws and questionable logic and statistics that they espouse. I don’t support them, just like I wouldn’t support any of the others in the grievance crowd if they tried to push their agenda during the middle of a football game.

  22. Kaepernick’s problem wasn’t a race issue. It wasn’t about his ability to play the QB position at an NFL level. It was about him choosing to abused the NFL and the National Anthem to make his point. Half of the fans of the NFL regardless of their age, race or nationally were upset over his stupidity and lack of respect for our traditions. Freedom of speech is a right protected by the Constitution and Kaepernick had very legal right to do EXACTLY what he did. However everything you say or do has consequences. Kaepernick talked and kneeled himself out of about $100,000,000. Ain’t America great?

  23. We were born into a place that allows people to basically do as they please when it harms no one else, and always say what they please
    ——–
    Except CK of course….

  24. Whatever his political views, the fact remains that he is marginal at best as an NFL quarterback.
    Looking at his upside versus his downside, I’m not seeing anyone wanting to sign him.
    There’s no value there. He’s not good enough to overcome his baggage.

  25. NFL teams don’t want distractions disrupting team focus or chemistry. The circus like media coverage scares them. They are also not in the business of alienating their fan base (customers). There is a large section of the fan base that whole heartedly disagrees with Kaepernick’s political stance/defiance. If Kaepernick was Brady, Rodgers or Brees. A team would stand by him but Colin is borderline starter/#2 quarterback material. Teams don’t think he is worth the trouble and don’t see him as a must have, they can live without him.

  26. The Dixie Chicks thought they could say anything they wanted. People called radio stations and threatened to boycott if they played their music. Too bad that Freedom of Speech cycle bit them in the butt.

    Kathy Griffin thought being angry meant she could be disgusting. (career over)
    Marge Schott said a dictator had good ideas. (sound familiar?)
    Riley Cooper made one insult after drinking some beers and his life was ruined.
    Greg Hardy could not shut up in his Cowboys season. (top 10 talent, but not worth it)

    Rich Kotite was a horrible person to the fans and then also a bad coach (finished 4-35 in his last 39) Kaep’s attitude and record (4-20 in his last 24) is not far off from Richie the K. Do we really need Kaep to go that extra 0-15 with the Jets to prove some point?

    If you act like a turd there’s a good chance you get flushed.

  27. Imagine the whining from Kaepernick and Soros fans if Kap had been made to play punt protector like Tebow and made to take all those cheap extra hits in an attempt to get him hurt?

  28. If the best waiter in the world stood up in the middle of a restaurant and started chanting “build that wall” he would be fired. matter of fact, the leftists would be protesting the restaurant and threatening to blow it up until he was fired.

  29. Others who demonstrated during the anthem a year ago remain employed, but Kaepernick was the first. Kaepernick was the leader. Kaepernick is the one who seems to be paying for it with his career.
    ========================================================

    I don’t think the others wore pig socks, compared their training to cosmetology, praised a communist dictator bashed America while on foreign soil. You people refuse to acknowledge it’s about much more than him blowing off the national anthem.

  30. Denver Broncos with Tebow – 8-5, 1 playoff win. With a loaded team.

    Next 4 years (same loaded team + actual NFL QB) 50-14 regular season
    2 Super Bowls, won one (with last gasp Manning/Osweiler at QB).

    Kap took a loaded team to the Super Bowl, probably would have won if the power hadn’t gone out.
    49ers then self destruct due to idiots that own/manage the team.

    Guess at that point some people would have traded Kap for Tebow since only the Messiah could have won with that hot mess.

  31. People aren’t buying the narrative the media is selling. Kaep is done and no amount of whining is going to change it.

  32. Just do a search of his girlfriend and the tweet she made about the Ravens owner and Ray Lewis.

  33. Another lie. There were only 2 of the same starters for DEN 2011 with Tebow vs. 2015 with Manning.

    stexan says:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:22 pm
    Denver Broncos with Tebow – 8-5, 1 playoff win. With a loaded team.

    Next 4 years (same loaded team + actual NFL QB) 50-14 regular season
    2 Super Bowls, won one (with last gasp Manning/Osweiler at QB).

  34. It sure seemed like the 49ers were lukewarm about him last season, and it was even more curious that he opted out of a guaranteed contract….and afterwards it was leaked that he was encouraged by none other than the 49ers to opt out.

    The news seems a bit slanted too…instead of news reports and photo’s of him training and waiting for the next opportunity in the NFL, we see him travelling the world and reportedly trashing the good ol’ red, white, and blue. Someone, his agent, hanger’s on, who knows, sure doesn’t seem to be giving him the right advice….an agent worth his while would be showing Kap, his competitive fires burning…working out, throwing passes….itching to get back on the field and in the game.

    Instead of Kap showing he’s ready to lead a team, here is girlfriend trashing a potential employer, undoing the work of a coach and players who are trying to get him that chance.

    It’s not adding up….does he want to fight, or just have someone hand him a check?

  35. stexan says:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Kap took a loaded team to the Super Bowl, probably would have won if the power hadn’t gone out.
    49ers then self destruct due to idiots that own/manage the team.
    ——————————————————————————————–
    Selective memory. The opposite happened. The Ravens were killing them right before the power went out. The lag seemed to benefit the 49r’s, they grabbed the momentum once the lights came back on.

    P.S. Kaep has become a political radical. And he’s antagonistic towards the league (the man). What team wants that from a guy who at best would seem to be a mediocre starter?

  36. As a fan living in the SF Bay Area I can remember reports that Kaepernick didn’t like watching film and outright refused to make changes to improve after struggling. Not surprisingly Kaepernick continued to struggle, lost his starting job to a journeyman 3rd string backup, managed to help get a few coaches fired, all the while grossly disrespecting a fan base who were more or less paying his over-inflated salary for his grotesque under-performance on the field. Now the media is trying to sell it’s racism that is keeping Kaepernick out of the NFL. Note to ESPN and NBC: numbers are way down for more reasons than cutting cable.

  37. Plain and simple the NFL is a product and they don’t appreciate employees using their product as a soapbox creating uneasy environments among owners, players, fans who just want to enjoy the game of football.

  38. RGIII. Like Kaepernick he was a junk offense product. Like Kaepernick when the NFL figured out the junk offense his career fell into the toilet. Kaepernick’s career lowlights includes”

    2014 — Took the 5-3 49ers to 8-8 (16 PPG which was padded by 35 PA against a bad Charger team) while posting a 76.9 QB rating the second half of the season when the 49ers tried to make him a pocket passer.

    2015 — Took the 49ers offense to under 14 PPG (QB rating under 79.0) and got benched for Gabbert (who is terrible) who took the 49ers to 16 PPG.

    2016 — Couldn’t beat Gabbert (who is terrible) in training camp. Gabbert (who is terrible) eventually played himself out the starting role because of turn-overs (1 per game). However, Gabbert was (again) more effective at moving the 49ers as the offense under Gabbert scored 22.2 PPG. When Kaepernick took over, the offense dropped to 19 PPG.

    In short, when Blaine Gabbert is leading the team to more PPG than you, you don’t really belong in then NFL because Gabbert is terrible.

    Meanwhile Kaepernick, who had a reputation of not hitting film study hard enough (and the weights too much) already, is spending his time being a political radical.

    Why hire a guy who doesn’t study, isn’t that good of a QB (lets face it, but turn-overs, Gabbert essentially out-performed him in 2015/2016) and is an annoying political hack?

  39. Kaep picked a subject that only helps foster and promote racism and used statistics and headlines to push an agenda. He might have been less a lightning rod if he picked police issues in general but he focused on one – blacks killed by cops. He needed to go with all lives matter and it might look a little different. Here are 2017 statistics so far.

    “594 people have been shot and killed by police in 2017. … Male569. Female25. Unknown0. Race. White242. Black131. Hispanic93. Other18”

    Of course, the nightly news also only picked out the police killing black shootings. It make news. 2016 statistics were similar in percentage but the total was 964 and this year is 12 deaths ahead of the same total for last year. Statistics were gathered starting in 2015 by the Washington Post and all are available to the public. Far more whites and others are killed by police shooting than blacks so why single them out as oppressed by “the man”. No one dissed Kaep in his life or upbringing so why does he feel slighted and the need to be a spokesperson for oppression when the statistics say blacks are not oppressed if the manner he is implying? Blacks are less than 25% of the total killed by police shooting. A bad statistic yes but the focus should have been “All Lives Matter”. Adding pig socks, Cuba, etc to the mix says he has some other axe to grind but is using the police as a polarizing lightning rod.

  40. Does anybody else get this comment when they try to post?

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    Then my post mysteriously disappears.

  41. Boy, They raise them stupid up in the Northwest.
    kaepernick is unemployed because he’s a bad QB, nothing more.

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