Michael Bennett: First step to resolving anthem issue is getting Kaepernick on a team

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As the NFL tries to persuade all players to choose to stand for the national anthem, one of the players on the front lines of the movement has identified one key step that needs to happen before the situation can be resolved: Colin Kaepernick needs to be on a team.

“I got to talk to the players in the owners meeting,” Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett told reporters on Wednesday. “I think the first step to even being able to even have a conversation is to make sure that Colin Kaepernick gets an opportunity to play in the NFL. I think before we even negotiate anything about whether we sit or whether we stand, should be a negotiation about opening up the doors for Colin Kaepernick and give him an opportunity again, because I feel like through everything that’s been lost, I think all of us are having opportunities to be able to speak to our employers, but to think about the guy who started everything not to be able to have a voice at this moment, it just doesn’t seem very right to me.”

Former NFL offensive lineman Willie Colon reiterated on Wednesday’s PFT Live that, when Kaepernick’s came up at the meeting between owners and players, a bathroom break quickly ensued.

“I think it was brought up,” Bennett said regarding Kaepernick’s status, “but I think they didn’t really get deep into it, but I think it’s something like I said that there needs to be a deep conversation, and we need to find a solution about that. Whether they say, ‘This is what’s happening, he’s not going to play again,’ or whether they open their doors up, but I think there needs to be some kind of resolution to what’s going on.”

Bennett later reiterated that the anthem issue can’t be solved until Kaepernick has a job.

“I don’t think we can work alongside of them until we address that issue,” Bennett said, adding that he believes all players agree on that. “I think the issue of Kaepernick is the start to a conversation if they want us to be open to what they want, the dialogue, then that’s something that needs to be on the table right there.”

Complicating the situation is the collusion grievance Kaepernick recently filed against the NFL. Some owners will feel inclined to double down in their resistance to Kaepernick, so as not to strengthen his case by suddenly showing interest after snubbing him for so long.

Then there’s the possibility that Kaepernick could be given a job subject to dropping his grievance. But the mere offer of such terms would be evidence of collusion, since the league office should not be working directly with any team to ensure the employment of any player.

Put simply, there’s no easy way to get Kaepernick employed without essentially admitting to collusion or committing fresh collusion. Absent a season-ending injury to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (which likely would prompt the Seahawks to quickly sign Kaepernick), it would be a surprise if anything changes, at least until the offseason — or until Kaepernick wins his collusion case.

221 responses to “Michael Bennett: First step to resolving anthem issue is getting Kaepernick on a team

  1. Just so you know, Bennett is kind of an idiot. He’s the guy that put himself in a bad position, then hit speed dial for his ambulance chaser when the bad position resulted in police contact during a shooting.
    Take what he says with a boulder of salt. He’s not gonna solve anything.

  2. Kap’ deserves to play. His original message was purposely turned into “patriotic” nonsense and political base rattling by those who could care less about black men being killed by police while unarmed. That’s how 1/2 of America thinks.

  3. And the message keeps getting murkier. This goes to show that players have no idea what they’re protesting. Where is the outrage for RG3 or any other player not currently employed?

  4. Mr. Bennett, Colin will never get another NFL gig because he has made it clear he wants to be starter and wants top dollar. He will never be given a gig because of his socks, t-shirts and tweets. He was not treated unfairly. He is not the face of the movement anymore, you are and Chris Long. It was what happened in Charlottesville and what happened to you I Vegas. He does not have the talent to mask his racism.

  5. Good joke, Michael. So, your plan is to do things that are detrimental to the league and thru it, yourself, your family, your colleagues and their family’s? If the golden goose is killed, most of you will be working at McDonald’s.

    The anthem isn’t an issue for me. I couldn’t care less about what football players think about politics or social issues. Lol

  6. The first step is paying Kaepernick money? What about the men and women who gave their lives on the battlefield so that the people in our country of all races can live as free men and women. They deserve our respect. We stand for those who pray to stand but cannot. We stand for the principles of our democracy which allows advocacy. We stand for the flag of our free and ever improving nation.

  7. What, so everyone is waiting for Kaep to get hired before they stand? Not buying it. He may have started it, but this issue is bigger than him and his (lack of) employment is not why this is a thing now.

  8. Before I start reading all the ridiculous comments I’m going to say one thing – if you believe the only reason Collin Kaepernick is not on an NFL roster is because he’s not good enough, you simply know nothing about the game of football

    That is all.

  9. Michael Bennett needs to get bent. Players don’t decide who gets signed to a team, the GM and coaches make that decision. Kaepernick is a one scheme QB. No one runs the read option all of the time anymore.

  10. Just a thought: wouldn’t it be collusion if someone were to sign him?

    I mean isn’t that what Bennett is suggesting?

    Or is it more like an ultimatum?

    Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmm……

    Mind=Blown

  11. Kaep had his chance and blew it. What part of playing for the NFL is a privilege don’t these players understand? Honestly, you’d have thought the owners robbed Colin poor.

  12. I still amazed why people ar3 trying to make him a good player. He isn’t

    Owners can’t let themselves get pushed around. They need to show who’s in charge

  13. Well here’s to hoping that Kaep. isn’t sitting alone for long. Bennett will joining him shortly with comments like that. Then the two of them can complain together about “‘Da Man”!

  14. Bennett should go to his owner and management and make it happen then.
    Every Seahawk fan would be all for it.
    Media wouldn’t come in and ask every player about it.
    Should Wilson have a bad game I am sure Pete wants to answer a bunch of questions if he thought about going to his backup.
    The headache of it all just isn’t worth it for a bottom tier qb.

  15. To be honest, I really want someone to sign him. Right now, we only think he sucks……… Bu signing him, we will KNOW that he sucks and we can all move on.

  16. The first time Kaepernick stepped on the football field for the 49ers he led them to the super bowl. They lost by a whisker. The next year he led them right back to the NFC Championship game up in Seattle, the toughest place to play. He lost that one by a whisker too. He’s about two whiskers away from being a two time super bowl winning QB, but he can’t play? I’ve got bridges for sale. Now we all follow the NFL, and we all know QBs don’t play their best football their first 20 games. This guy was a championship QB before he even learned how to play. Then the 49ers imploded, they fired Harbaugh, they hired Jim Tomsula. They quickly fired him. Then they hired and fired Chip Kelly. I don’t know that Tom Brady would make it out of that mess. I look around and I see Jay Cutler. I see McCown. You can’t make this stuff up. It’s a joke. If the owners want to cow down to the racists, get used to the kneeling.

  17. Well Big Mike….. when you become an owner of a NFL team or become a GM of a team then you can call the shots regarding roster moves.

    I’m sure Bennett wouldn’t like somebody telling him what is best for him and his family or what’s best for his personal business ventures or how he should spend his money.

  18. We respect America, you dont. Making us all like you isn’t going to solve anything.

    You lose dude, enjoy your millions, the flag isn’t just about injustices you JUST learned about as a 40 year old man, its about who we are collectively and where we are going.

    Just go away, we dont like you.

  19. That would be the kiss of death to the team he signs with and the NFL altogether. Forcing a player who started this protest and wore pig socks in practice will make a lot of fans very unhappy.

  20. I’m sorry. Is Michael Bennett talking again? Oh no, he wasn’t scared by cops doing their job again was he? Oh…well, yeah. Seattle can sign Kapernick. Jeez, that was easy.

  21. Alienating a significant portion of the fan base because Kaepernick isn’t on a roster? The anthem protests have officially jumped the shark

  22. “Before I start reading all the ridiculous comments I’m going to say one thing – if you believe the only reason Collin Kaepernick is not on an NFL roster is because he’s not good enough, you simply know nothing about the game of football”

    Absent all the kneeling stuff, he MAY have been good enough to be on a roster, although RGIII’s unemployment might argue otherwise. But the point is that he’s not good enough for any team/owner to put up with the backlash that they’ll receive from their fan base and/or to put up with the media circus that will be distracting to the team as a whole.

  23. Soooo… The players are kneeling, in part, to extort the teams? Got it. What an absolute joke this has become. CK had a job and walked away. I used to watched 3 Sunday, 1 Monday and sometimes Thursday games. Now? I wouldn’t be watching anything if my team wasn’t doing so well but it’s the only game I’ll watch. The NFL is going to regret this like baseball did for decades and the strike. Count on it.

  24. If you guys think this can’t happen, you are farther away from what’s going on here than originally thought. It’s called negotiation. You know. Art of the deal? Stoopid huh? Just watch.

  25. You don’t need a paycheck to have a voice knucklehead!! Is it really about equality when you’re making 6 figures a GAME? If CK was so passionate about this subject, then hold a press conference..

  26. Mr. Bennett, if you would like to hire this man, please purchase a team and hire him. I see no issue with a group of players putting their money together and pushing to purchase a team as a group. Then you can hire and fire whoever you wish. That’s how employment works.

  27. Civil disobedience through the ages has been performed by people who felt the issue they supported was important enough that they would be willing to suffer the consequences, UNTIL now!!!! Now, you get to have your cake and eat it and get $13 million per year and kneel and insult fans, cops, military and patriotic people. Yes, what a courageous souls he is!!!

  28. So are they kneeling to protest injustice, disagreement with the President or because Kapernick foolishly opted out of his deal and can’t get a job? Story changes every week. I’ll take these clowns seriously when they start forfeiting game checks, until then shut the hell up and play.

  29. Question for all the hypocritical SJW’S. Where is the outrage when Seattle declined to sign him as their back up? He surely is better then Boykin ? Or does this not fit your agenda ??

  30. So this is what it has come to. The players are now trying to blackmail NFL teams into signing someone that the teams believe is either not talented enough, or brings too much distraction. If the NFL succumbs to this, they will do so to any demand. This is ludicrous.

    Bennett should stick to lying about being racially profiled.

  31. Sorry but that’s the WORST thing that can happen. It’s easier and far CHEAPER for players to just stand as a matter of respect.

  32. No team is going sign anyone under duress.
    And if Mr. Keapernick the talent of Newton, Brees, Rodgers or any top tier QB.
    He would be on a team.

  33. Hi Michael,
    I have a suggestion for you, why dont you ask your boss (not Pete, not John Schneider) Mr Microsoft Paul Allen, to drop Austin Rogers/Rivers… or someone else to add Kaepernick otherwise you and your friends on defense will boycott. Show us that you have some skin in the game rather than empty statements.

  34. Luke, when it comes to the quarterback position, I do not believe Colin is good enough to meet the demands of the position nor what he himself is demanding. And if you know football, what coach relishes a quarterback controversy? What coach is going to want to deal with Colin’s cries that he was benched or not played because he kneeled? What NFL quarterback has said that Colin is better than me so I am handing my job over to him? Being a player in any sport takes heart and commitment, that is where Colin falls short.

  35. Since when do employees have a say in how a business is run? Employees job is to represent a business well, keep paying customers (in this case fans) happy, and do things that are in the business owners best interest while wearing a work uniform and during work hours. Does anybody believe the employees have done any of those things as it pertains to the NFL??

  36. Kap lost his job
    Hopefully ur next
    There are plenty of football players not in the NFL that would jump at the chance to follow the rules of their employer to keep there job.

  37. Bennett, Second issue on anthem protests. Quit lying about why Vegas police detained you…we all saw the video.

  38. Says the guy who lied about the Vegas incident and won’t apologize or even acknowledge his lie. He has zero credibility

  39. Holy crap I support the protests and more importantly their right to do so, but talk about pouring a barrel of gasoline onto an already blazing bonfire. Bennet found a way to aggravate the situation to an even worse one.

  40. What a superficial thinker. Mr. Bennett, if you think that the only way to placate a small minority of players who kneel during the anthem is by forcing owners to do something which is against their business interests, then you simply don’t understand the big picture. Here are some things you need to understand:

    1) This anthem kneeling gesture, for whatever the cause or interpretation, is bad for business. Entire teams were booed in Baltimore and New York for even pre-anthem kneeling. Losing even a small number of fans over this is bad business.
    2) A reduction in fan support and TV viewership will come back and hit the players hard, especially during the next CBA negotiations. Try to understand the long game.
    3) Your cause, if you even understand what it is at this point, has already been placated. The NFL is not forcing you to stand and is rejecting any political pressure to do so.
    4) Are you trying to tell us that you represent a large majority of players who feel this is still an issue? I’m guessing most players would rather at this point just play football and collect their paychecks.

  41. “Did he not opt out of a contract in San Fran???”

    After he had been told by the 9ers he would be cut with the start of the new league year. He opted out assuming that would give him a better chance to catch on somewhere else since he wasn’t going to a 49er.

  42. Wow there is so much blatant racism among these NFL fans. I think I may stop watching because I dont want to see
    next to ignorance at a game. Pathetic! I may stay home so I dont have to hose off all the trash I am sitting with.

  43. Might as well turn over ownership, general manager and coaching duties to the players if you’re gonna allow them to dictate who is on the team and who isn’t.

  44. remember folks Colin WALKED AWAY FROM a contract with San Fran, he OPTED OUT and gambled someone else would want him.
    they dont,
    you lose Colin.
    Michael Bennett isnt a very smart person.

  45. This guy needs to know that when he opens his mouth most people just take the opposing opinion because they cannot stand him. He should just shut his face and leave the public speaking to less repugnant individuals.
    How is blackmailing the NFL good for Kaep? This guy is an example of how our educational system is failing America…

  46. Maybe the NFL players should get the CFL players to take a knee for the Canadian anthem until one of those teams offers Kaepernick a job. The CFL is more his speed, anyway.

  47. I’m sure every GM under extreme pressure and stress as they struggle to incrementally improve their respective team is saying, let’s get Kaepernick because he will bring stability and depth to my roster. Not!

  48. Kaep isn’t the only guy that is in this situation. Rex Ryan is probably a better coach than some of the young coaches in the league, but he’s also out. He underperformed and he talks too much, so no more chances for him.

  49. I recall Richard Sherman and other Seahawks players saying
    Kap was Not a good QB a few years ago. What has changed ?

  50. What I don’t understand is why Kaepernick opted out of a guaranteed 14 million dollar contract with the 49ers. Technically, he was on a team and chose to leave on his own. Why? Did he think he could do better than 14 mill per season? He had success when Harbaugh was the coach of the 49ers, but I didn’t think he was anything special after Jimmy went to Michigan.

  51. Ain’t gonna happen Michael … billionaires don’t take direction (orders) from millionaires or anyone else for that matter … it’s their team (money) and they will hire who they please.

  52. These people no longer belong in civilized society. Their generational grievance and eternal whining and complaining will never get them what they want. It may be time to consider alternatives.

  53. The NFL will learn in time, no matter what they do, no matter how much they bend, no matter how many core fans they lose, it will never ever be enough to satisfy their employees. Never.

  54. Lets put Tebow on a team he was blackballed for being christen and taking a knee to pray. Or was because he sucked to. But same point.

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    Although I agree with the sentiment here, this might be the best example of education gone wrong in this country.

  55. fc187 says:
    October 18, 2017 at 10:02 pm
    No team is going sign anyone under duress.
    And if Mr. Keapernick the talent of Newton, Brees, Rodgers or any top tier QB.
    He would be on a team.
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    That’s true.

    But what’s also true is that most teams don’t have a “top tier” QB. So if those teams have non-“top tier” QBs, why hasn’t Kaep even had a tryout?

    No one is going to just hand him a roster spot, but why hasn’t any team even given him a tryout? This smells like COLLUSION to me.

  56. Kaepermick is now a bargaining chip. Lol. . This may tip me over the edge as far as watching games. Interest is down, and it will continue to go down.

  57. — or until Kaepernick wins his collusion case.

    Like I said in a previous comment of a related article. No reason to have hearings etc. We’ve been told, “Kaep wins, the league is guilty.”

  58. Like the NFL is going to let itself be blackmailed because a guy doesn’t have a job
    Bennett sure thinks he has a total grasp on things….which he doesn’t

  59. So the players and the NFLPA have colluded to take actions that are knowingly damaging a business and costing multiple different industries millions of dollars unless they give 1 particular millionaire a new million dollar job after he quit his last one……
    This is not Robin Hood, just more rich looking after other rich people with similar political leanings.

  60. Funny – union members always think they’re “negotiating” when they have no leverage. Their “feelings” on the matter seem to justify their position. Here on Earth, actually, they have no bargaining power and I doubt that management is going to allow the tail to wag the dog as the only people who seem to care about CK are very few players and even fewer paying customers.

    These players are just useful idiots to a League which has the sole interest of making money. The sooner players realize this, the sooner they’ll try and remedy society’s ills in a venue where a) a problem actually exists; b) actually makes a difference; and c)in a manner that isn’t self-defeating.

  61. What a joke. These players might as well say “The only way you can prove to us you aren’t a racist nor support police brutality is if you sign this guy to an NFL contract.”

    You know how ridiculous this all is?

  62. Goodell already caved into the false premise that the players have the RIGHT to protest while on the job.

    Why not make the demand? Goodell is so weak, he caves on everything. Might as well just start demanding random stuff.

  63. I thought this protest was about the injustice people of color were experiencing when interacting with law enforcement. How exactly does the needle get moved by forcing a private business to hire some back up QB? How about if Mr. Bennett give up his roster spot on the Hawks for Kaep. Will that make you feel better Michael?

  64. This is the knucklehead protest that doesn’t end, yes it goes on and on my friends. Psycho players started kneeling not knowing what it was, and they’ll just keep kneeling forever just because.

    This is the knucklehead protest that doesn’t end….

    Michael Bennett is Lamb Chop.

    Hey Roger, now that you’ve surrendered quicker than France in WWII, do you think there will be more or less kneeling? Hmmm

  65. Since when does the NFL have the right to tell any team who they should add to the roster. Never!. maybe the League should consider adding a new team, because right now, 32 teams want nothing to do with the kap. It does not matter if it’s because he sucks (he does) or because of his social stance. No one wants him on their team. Lots of other unemployed football players are in the same place. Should the NFL make teams sign them. No. Kap blew it while he was on a team. Now he is not on a team. That’s life in the NFL

  66. Hey Bennett
    So kap wants $10 mil plus in a contract if I remember correctly, for being a middle of the road qb. If you feel that he needs to be on a team that bad, transfer your salary to him and have the hawks sign him to the practice squad. Done deal!
    I can make a very good hamburger, but when McDonald’s, burger king, Carl’s jr, etc won’t hire me after my agent demands that i won’t work for less than $50/hr, can I sue for collusion?

  67. Now guys, calm down. Kaep took a team to a Super Bowl, for crying out loud. Why, I’m completely flummoxed as to why Rex Grossman has yet to have been signed.

  68. look… he got to a super bowl running a gimmick offence that the league has since wised up to. 2016 he put up some decent stats, I guess…. sadly garbage time started early in most of those games. I think he resumed his starter job in week 6 and promptly lost 9 straight, won a close one, and then lost the final game. Show me the teams lining up to throw down big money at a QB with a 1-10 record in his most recent stint. Can’t think of any recent examples? Yeah, me neither.

  69. Please just let it go! There’s no way any NFL team would not sign an available free agent if they really thought that player would make a strong enough positive impact for it to be worth it. This is getting to be Favre level annoying.

  70. I think the first step should be Bennet apologizing to the police officers he called racists. He has hurt the cause more than helped for far in all of this.

  71. aelsurf says:
    October 18, 2017 at 9:49 pm
    Did he not opt out of a contract in San Fran???

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    He did! Because he was going to get cut, anyway.

    Let me ask this – Did Kaep ever try to renegotiate the contract to a more manageable number so the 49’ers could keep him? Did he ever opt out to void the contract and negotiate to come back at a better cap-friendly contract number? Please point me to the article that says he tried to do that, because I’m willing to listen.

    Did he ever offer to come back at the veteran minimum?

    If not, then he deserves to be where he is right now – UNEMPLOYED. Michael Bennett can yammer all he wants about this but the fact of the matter is that Colin Kaepernick put himself in this situation with his own hubris and thinks that he is ENTITLED to a job??

    In what alternate universe do these players live in?

  72. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    October 18, 2017 at 9:30 pm
    Before I start reading all the ridiculous comments I’m going to say one thing – if you believe the only reason Collin Kaepernick is not on an NFL roster is because he’s not good enough, you simply know nothing about the game of football

    That is all.

    His talent isn’t good enough. Yes, he could start in a bad team or be a back up on a better team, but his skill set doesn’t out weigh his luggage. The team is more competitive this season, playing closer games.

  73. “YEAH! And RG3 too!!!”
    Oh wait…no one’s really standing up for him being oppressed. I thought this was about equality for quarterbacks who had one skillset and once it was figured out became irrelevant? Should Tim Tebow get a contract too? He also took a knee.

    Well, now I’m just confused what we’re protesting…

  74. No OWNER or FAN BASE wants that Clown Kaepernick on their team and the Circus that comes to town with it. That guy is not good enough to be worth the turmoil. He chose to kneel, he chose to wear PIG SOCKS, He Chose to wear a Fidel Castro T Shirt, and .. HE Chose to Opt out of his Contract. He did it to himself. Moron

  75. Reminder: Before Kaepernick started his protests, he was backing up Blaine Gabbert.

    I repeat: He was behind Blaine Gabbert on the depth chart.

    Funny how he’s been magically transformed into a great player since he decided not to stand for the anthem…

  76. So what is it that “They” want. Just to be clear. You can do whatever you like. You guys created a dumpster fire. And are clearly losing.. Guess what, if the owners are losing money you eejits will lose money next. Keep on thinking that you and the owners control the fate of your league.

  77. How about the Brown’s? Kap’s 1-10 record is a perfect fit. BTO Michael Bennett, Kap has already said he is no longer kneeling. You don’t need him back in the league to stand up and respect the show respect for the country that has given you so much. Yeah there’s problems. Welcome to the real world. You want to protest, fine. But when are you to show appreciation for what you have?

  78. Hey Colin: If you are so committed to both your ideals and playing football, why didn’t you reject the NFL and all its capitalism, racism, and social injustice, and go up and play in Canada? No more problems with the Star-Spangled banner that way, or even acknowledging Old Glory. Maybe you could be like Doug Flutie, and set all kinds of records north of the border, and then come back to America and show us all how its done. Too late for this year of course, but next season invest in a winter coat, and get really good at converting on 2nd down, and well…who knows. Maybe you can save the world, or just the CFL!

  79. Does he think he’s in charge of something?

    There ya go. When an artist becomes well paid, they think they get to become moral authority for everybody. It’s like a disease.

  80. How about the Brown’s? Kap’s 1-10 record is a perfect fit. BTO Michael Bennett, Kap has already said he is no longer kneeling. You don’t need him back in the league to stand up and respect the show respect for the country that has given you so much. Yeah there’s problems. Welcome to the real world. You want to protest, fine. But when are you planning to show gratitude for what you have?

  81. And what the players need to understand is, while a team signing Kaepernick may be good for on-field play, it will do a ton of damage to that team’s image and profit margins. I mean, we aren’t talking about a future hall of famer or even difference maker that will lead a team to the playoffs. We are talking about a middle-of-the-pack quarterback. Any team that signs him, will get a huge backlash from the fans and will see their profits hurt because of it.

    Bottom line, the NFL is a business and the owners need to look out for what they feel is best for business. Signing Kaepernick at this point would not be good for business.

  82. Kaepernick is not owed a roster spot, anywhere, period. Why on earth do these idiots believe that not to be the case? Plus, if something is coming from Bennett, it should immediately be met with skepticism.

  83. The more discussion and threats that are made about Kaepernick, the further he is to being signed. Why isn’t he playing in Canada? No anthem issue there unless he finds “O Canada” objectionable. If he is better than all the backup QBs in the league, he should be a star in Canada, right?

  84. Talk about credibility issues…isn’t this the player who claimed he was abused by Las Vegas PD yet when the facts were revealed, he had actually disobeyed cops orders, ran and jumped a wall in trying to evade the police?
    Hey Bennett, next time maybe don’t come off as a liar and then maybe we will take what you have to say a bit more seriously.

  85. So let me get this straight – Kaepernick needs a job because of race relations and he’s being slighted because he kneeled? Look how many are EMPLOYED in the NFL that kneel, and look how many bust their asses that don’t kneel? It’s not about kneeling, it’s about getting the job done. Some people are worth the circus if they can get the job done, Kapernick isn’t, simply because he doesn’t get the job done.

  86. So the next time Bennett or another intellectually challenged NFL player gets denied a pay increase or playing time, by golly they’ll just kneel til they get it ! z-z-z-z-z-z

  87. So, Mr Bennett; Why don’t you and all your team mates strike, refuse to play until YOUR team signs him? I am certain the fans would support you, NOT. Since your opinion of him is so high, lobby your gm/coach/owner to cut a qb and hire Kaep. I bet they would gladly do that to keep you sjw’s happy.

  88. Most fans have to face reality every Monday at the beginning of a new work week. Football and Sundays was a great escape from life’s everyday burdens. The national anthem was a time for these same fans to reflect for a moment on the sacrifices made so that they could take 3 1/2 hours of there life and just enjoy football. Now men who get paid to play a game shove their personal agenda in the fans face claiming it is their right of expression. I guess it is a good placebo for them and makes them feel good since they have many other avenues to work towards effecting change in the real world. I for one do not care about Mr. Bennett’s opinion. The anthem issue is real easy for me to resolve, when they kneel I turn it off. I really wish the national anthem was no longer a part of football ceremony.

  89. SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

    His latest refusal to stand for the anthem — he has done this in at least one other preseason game — came before the 49ers’ preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium on Friday night.

    “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game.

    * * *

    That is what Kap said back in August 2016. That was the genesis of this whole thing. Instead of protesting in another way about oppression, he decided to take a stand against the stars and stripes. That is the issue that many Americans are not happy about, not that he wanted to improve societal issues. The players are not changing his method of protesting either, so they shouldn’t try to reinterpret what he originally said. They could of course, they could decide to continue with the issue but change the method of protest, but some are not. If Kap would have protested/acted in a different fashion or possibly started organizing meetings between players and local government and police to discuss how to make changes, instead of choosing to and continuing to what most people deem as disrespecting the flag to get attention, possibly none of this nonsense would be going on. It’s really unfortunate for just about everybody.

  90. aelsurf says:
    October 18, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Did he not opt out of a contract in San Fran???
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    Yeah, before he got released. And he would have been released.

  91. skawh says:
    October 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    Kap’ deserves to play. His original message was purposely turned into “patriotic” nonsense and political base rattling by those who could care less about black men being killed by police while unarmed. That’s how 1/2 of America thinks.=

    While the other half cares not for the many more whites who have met with similar fates. They try to be clever and go all percentages on you. Percentages don’t matter, lives matter. That was the original message n’est pas? This has come down to extortion, pure and simple and completely disingenuous.

    The NFL should take a tip from Jasper Sitwell in “Winter Soldier” so I’ll paraphrase,

    The Shield should not negotiate with terrorists. Because that’s what you are when you level demands like this. If you were true to your cause, yo’d have kenly for Tebow. What’s next?

  92. But Kaepernick HAS had an opportunity to play in the NFL… Kaepernick himself is the one that chose to opt out of his contract with the 49ers during the 6th year of his career.

  93. That’s not actually the worst idea ever.

    Some crappy or QB needy team signs Kap, he keeps his word to no longer kneel,

    All the players who were kneeling to honor kap no longer need/want to

    As long as our clown in chief can shut TFU….

    No one would ever have to here about this ever again

  94. …{snip} That’s how 1/2 of America thinks.

    I truly feel sorry for the person that thinks this way or the others that agree with it. It’s utterly disgusting and factually inaccurate

  95. Only solution o save the NFL from it’s decline:
    1. Fire Goodell;
    2. NFLPA hires Tebow to lead it;
    3. New Commissioner and Tebow agree to end the disrespect to the country during the anthem in exchange for NFL giving X millions toward police training.

  96. mmack66 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Yeah, before he got released. And he would have been released.

    0 5
    ————————

    Why do people always thumb down this easily verifiable fact?

  97. I’m sensing that there are 4 or 5 owners who are now starting to think about how to get out from under all this before it caves in on them.

  98. What, so everyone is waiting for Kaep to get hired before they stand? Not buying it. He may have started it, but this issue is bigger than him and his (lack of) employment is not why this is a thing now….

    For football players they love to move the goalposts. How much more “demands” do the players put on the owners and the fans. The list keep getting bigger and bigger…This is becoming extortion.

  99. Colin Kaepernick will never play another down in the NFL.

    This is especially true since now he’s suing the NFL and it’s owners for collusion.

    He was on death row before but by suing he’s all but put the ax in the executioners hand.

  100. pft needs to get into Bennett’s ear quick. If the message become get kaep a job then the players will lose so many more supporters. Also don’t tell the commenters that this is about racial inequality ever again. The players are proving that wrong

  101. So they me get this straight…collusion becomes coercion. Hard for the average American to sit by and watch these millionaires crybabies and their liberal agendas use the football field for their political stage— where we spend our hard earned money. I think they are forgetting where that money comes from.

    Don’t’ get me wrong, I’m all for getting the message out there for social injustice, but the manner in which they have gone about this has no chance of doing anything since they have alienated everyone along the way. Blow holes like Bennett certainly don’t’ help the cause. Good luck getting anyone to listen now that you’ve offended the paying customer.

  102. There are players in this league who are good backups, and there are those who can only be viewed as starters.

    Do you think that Brett Favre would have been a good longterm backup after being a starter for so long? The list of such players who have been considered near the top of the pile is long and exhaustive. When starting these players bring excellence to the position, but thrust into a backup role, they feel that they should still be the starter and don’t always support the starter or bring harmony to the locker room.

    Then there’s the question of salary. A player on a rookie contract brings longer term potential at a much reduced price. There are other players out there who can be had for much less and yet still produce – Case Keenum for example.

    Then there are those players who after losing their place in the league have played in other leagues to try and prove they still have the desire for the game. At present, I have yet to hear of Colin Kaepernick at least even considering this route.

    I have some sympathy for Kaepernick, but am beginning to feel that he has developed an illusion that he has a right to play in the NFL and be paid accordingly so.

  103. giantsfanlewis says:
    October 19, 2017 at 8:17 am
    Mmack because if he had been released he could have still collected a portion of the salary. He chose to leave and refuse the contract. Don’t be a fool
    ________________________________________
    Absolutely untrue.
    The 49ers were under no obligation to pay Kaep any more money after the 1st year of the 2014 contract if he were released.

  104. Hey Michael, the first step to getting people to think you are not an idiot is to stop saying things that are idiotic.

  105. mmack66 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:57 am
    mmack66 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Yeah, before he got released. And he would have been released.

    0 5
    ————————

    Why do people always thumb down this easily verifiable fact?
    ————————————
    Because unless it happened its not a fact, its only speculation. Even if the 9ers FO said they were going to release him you do not know that it would’ve actually happened…until it happens.
    It’s like saying “I’m going to work tomorrow morning.” But then you wake up sick and don’t go in. Now is your statement a fact? No, because it didn’t happen.

  106. charliecharger says:
    October 18, 2017 at 9:37 pm
    The first time Kaepernick stepped on the football field for the 49ers he led them to the super bowl. They lost by a whisker. The next year he led them right back to the NFC Championship game up in Seattle, the toughest place to play. He lost that one by a whisker too. He’s about two whiskers away from being a two time super bowl winning QB, but he can’t play?

    Trent Dilfer won a SB. That is all you need to know about a subpar QB lucky enough to be on a great team. Doug Williams is another great example.

  107. charliecharger says:
    October 18, 2017 at 9:37 pm
    The first time Kaepernick stepped on the football field for the 49ers he led them to the super bowl. They lost by a whisker. The next year he led them right back to the NFC Championship game up in Seattle, the toughest place to play. He lost that one by a whisker too. He’s about two whiskers away from being a two time super bowl winning QB, but he can’t play?

    ————-

    People seem to forget that Alex Smith won more than half the games for SF that SB season then got hurt. If Harbaugh would have replaced Kaep with Smith when Smith was again healthy, SF probably would have won the SB.

  108. I thought this kneeling thing had to do with social injustice. Why is getting CK on a team the first, last or any step in solving the problem. I think we should poll the people who are kneeling and ask them why they are kneeling. I think the answers would be very interesting. Truth is 90% of them are kenneling because the President dared them to.

  109. Seahawks would regularly beat him when he was on the 49ers, so I don’t see them bothering to pick him up. He can be someone else’s “1 in the L column”

  110. I thought this kneeling thing had to do with social injustice. Why is getting CK on a team the first, last or any step in solving the problem. I think we should poll the people who are kneeling and ask them why they are kneeling. I think the answers would be very interesting. Truth is most are kneeling because the President dared them to.

  111. It’s a good thing he can play football, because he sure as ish doesn’t understand anyhing business. If a team signs Kaep, it won’t matter whether or not the anthem protest issue gets resolved. The number one reason NFL owners want to resolve the anthem protest issue is because it’s killing business. Signing Kaep will only make business worse for the NFL, regardless of whether or not the protests stop.

  112. Michael Bennett and the seahawks were the first team to point out that kaepernick sucked as a QB. They even said that kaepernick cannot throw the ball unless it was to their defense. (bye Felicia video by Russell and the seahawks)

    But now he DESERVES to be on a NFL roster?

    No Mr Bennett, no one deserves to be on a NFL roster. Being on the field playing football in the NFL is by merit.

  113. Hey Bennett, if you feel that strongly about it, why don’t you sit games and not take your pay until a team signs him then?? OH, you mean it’s not THAT important to you? didn’t think so!

  114. jjackwagon says:
    October 19, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Because unless it happened its not a fact, its only speculation. Even if the 9ers FO said they were going to release him you do not know that it would’ve actually happened…until it happens.

    It’s like saying “I’m going to work tomorrow morning.” But then you wake up sick and don’t go in. Now is your statement a fact? No, because it didn’t happen.
    ——————-

    It’s not like that at all.

    Why would Lynch lie about the fact that they were going to release him? They let Gabbert go as well, and he would have likely been cheaper to keep around.

  115. Kaepernick wouldn’t have turned down guaranteed money. People that think he would are as dumb as Michael Bennett.

  116. if anybody hired him they would never be able to fire or cut him. the race card would automatically be used again.
    hey roger ever hear the old saying. : give an inch, take a mile.” lol

  117. Because unless it happened its not a fact, its only speculation. Even if the 9ers FO said they were going to release him you do not know that it would’ve actually happened…until it happens.

    It’s like saying “I’m going to work tomorrow morning.” But then you wake up sick and don’t go in. Now is your statement a fact? No, because it didn’t happen.
    ——————-

    It’s not like that at all.

    Why would Lynch lie about the fact that they were going to release him? They let Gabbert go as well, and he would have likely been cheaper to keep around.

    ——
    Because if Kaepernick was half as smart as he thinks he is, he would have known to make the 49ers be the ones that decline the option so people couldn’t say he’s the one that declined it. But at this point, we all know Kaepernick isn’t the brightest.

  118. Michael Bennett should take a moment and realize that the only reason he is able to say the idiotic things he does and remain employed is because he can play. Yes – he is a very good player and an understanding owner like Paul Allen is willing to live with the dumb things he says in the media because he helps his team win on Sunday. On the other hand, Kaep has shown us time and time again that he is not a good player. He’s not. I don’t care what he did for your fantasy team in garbage time last season – look at the numbers. He hasn’t been a good QB in a very long time. Is he better than Jacoby Brissett? No way. Is he better than Case Keenum? Doubtful. Is he better than Bortles or Kizer? Maybe, but it doesn’t matter. Those guys haven’t made themselves bad for business the way Kaep has. Bennett should take note here – once his skill start declining it is very possible that teams will perform a similar calculus in evaluating his worth. He might find himself in a situation where he thinks he still has something left in the tank, but NFL teams determine that whatever that may be isn’t worth dealing with the other stuff that comes with it.

  119. They want to come across as being so intellectual and so deep and yet they’re all over the place as to why their “protesting”😂 Remember folks: Lies always change, the truth stays the same:

    “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag…”
    –@Kaepernick7, 8/26/16

    “…this is not about the flag…”
    –@E_Reid35, 8/8/17

    “I think the first step to even being able to even have a conversation is to make sure that Colin Kaepernick gets an opportunity to play in the NFL.”
    –Michael Bennett

    😂

  120. eagles512 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Because if Kaepernick was half as smart as he thinks he is, he would have known to make the 49ers be the ones that decline the option so people couldn’t say he’s the one that declined it.
    ———————-

    But people are saying that Kaepernick was the one that declined it. You bozos can’t even get it straight.

  121. horsepedlr says:
    October 19, 2017 at 10:15 am

    hey roger ever hear the old saying. : give an inch, take a mile.”
    ————————

    He’s living it.

  122. hey Bennett, get the facts straight…

    1) the owners did not ban or fire Kaep, he quit. he quit on the NFL, his teams owner, and his teammates. why would another owner take the risk of alienating his entire team?
    2) they did not take away his stage, he left it
    3) he still has a voice, he is choosing not to use it at this time. the only difference is he doesn’t have the NFL Stage
    4) Kaep is rich, if he wanted a stage and a voice, he could put his money where his mouth is.
    5) your protest is unorganized chaos. Everyone is claiming something different as their cause. its hard to stand behind your cause when no one is certain which one they are standing up for. For example is your protest for the rights of the average citizen or just to get your friend back to making the millions of dollars he chose to walk away from? Because when you say it would all be over if he had a job, it really sounds like its for your friend and you could care less about the average citizen.

  123. AreYouKiddingMe? says:
    October 19, 2017 at 10:30 am

    On the other hand, Kaep has shown us time and time again that he is not a good player. He’s not. I don’t care what he did for your fantasy team in garbage time last season – look at the numbers. He hasn’t been a good QB in a very long time.
    ————————

    The guy played at a pretty high level when Harbaugh was the coach. You can say it was all a gimmick, but he beat some good teams in that time.

    After the idiots fired the most successful coach they had had in a couple of decades, and they hired a couple of bozos as head coach, and the team imploded, with guys retiring and/or quitting, and Kaepernick getting hurt, then yes, he didn’t look very good.

  124. Kaps record is far better than half of the quarterbacks playing today. What has happened here is a travesty of justice. I will not watch or spend money to attend any football games as long as Kap is not playing. Black football players, that kneel, are bringing to the forefront their solidarity and fight for equal rights for all human beings. I, a white guy,
    stand with the black football players.

  125. mmack66 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 11:54 am
    AreYouKiddingMe? says:
    October 19, 2017 at 10:30 am

    On the other hand, Kaep has shown us time and time again that he is not a good player. He’s not. I don’t care what he did for your fantasy team in garbage time last season – look at the numbers. He hasn’t been a good QB in a very long time.
    ————————

    The guy played at a pretty high level when Harbaugh was the coach. You can say it was all a gimmick, but he beat some good teams in that time.

    After the idiots fired the most successful coach they had had in a couple of decades, and they hired a couple of bozos as head coach, and the team imploded, with guys retiring and/or quitting, and Kaepernick getting hurt, then yes, he didn’t look very good.

    ————————

    This is true, but you really can’t judge a QB until defensive coordinators have several games worth of film on him and time to prepare. That’s why so many rookie sensations fall off in year 2. That’s why he Kaep was never able to recreate his early success. Not to mention the fact is, the offense he ran under Harbaugh in SF no longer exists in today’s NFL –

  126. Bennett you have gone full clownshow now. Paint your face, wear a rubber nose and put on some huge white shoes Bozo.

  127. This is my favorite line in the whole article:
    “Absent a season-ending injury to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (which likely would prompt the Seahawks to quickly sign Kaepernick), it would be a surprise if anything changes, at least until the offseason — or until Kaepernick wins his collusion case.”

    You mean or unless Kaepernick wins his collusion case. He will not win it. Not in a million years. If he had any chance before the grievance, to play for a team this season, he lit that chance on fire by essentially suing the entire NFL.

    Can’t wait until his girlfriend dumps him once the money runs out.

  128. Anthem protest … a mishmash of issues that nobody has any idea how or why it relates to the flag. Effective isn’t even in the top 100 words to describe this “protest”.

  129. dbarnes67 says:

    NOBODY wants him on their team. Doesn’t matter why.

    ________

    Team owners and fans don’t want him on their team. Clearly there’s plenty of players who would be more than happy to have him.

  130. I’d take him on the team I root for without a second thought.

    He is decidedly imperfect, but he has more sand then all the rest of you put together.

    And in a league lacking balls no less…

  131. That said, honestly im not sure theres really any team that needs him other than the Browns or Dolphins at this point.

  132. Mr. B:

    Pats’ fan here. I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank you (again) for jumping offside in the last minute of SB #49 so my Pats could be on their 6 yard line instead of the 1, which could have gotten dicey.

    Have a nice day.

  133. “make sure that Colin Kaepernick gets an opportunity to play in the NFL”
    …in other words, don’t change a single thing, because that is already the current case. As does every other person in the world.

  134. Now theyre allowing themselves to be held hostage by these players. This is what having spineless leadership does for you. Stick a fork in this league it is done. It is impossible to support players like these.

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