Colin Kaepernick is on the short list for Time’s Person of the Year

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Time magazine (which like most magazines is now more like a pamphlet) annually names a Person of the Year. A football player who has played no football at all this year is one of the finalists.

Via Today.com, unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made the short list. He graced the cover of the pamphletzine a year ago, after his decision not to stand for the national anthem prior to NFL games became a major national story.

Kaepernick became a free agent in March, but even though he has not yet joined a new team (the Seahawks and Ravens were the only ones to show interest), the movement has lingered, spiking in attention and notoriety from time to time due to the involvement and attention of politicians.

Other finalists are North Korean president Kim Jong Un, special prosecutor Robert Mueller, U.S. president Donald Trump, Chinese president Xi Jinping, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, film director Patty Jenkins, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the #MeToo movement, and “The Dreamers.”

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.

71 responses to “Colin Kaepernick is on the short list for Time’s Person of the Year

  1. Well, he’s probably the only person in the world that would literally quit a job making more than $10 million this year, only to then complain about being unemployed and the lack of fairness in life. So he’s got that going for him.

  2. I’m not sure what this “award” even means, if Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump are also finalists… Is this even a good thing? Is “the #MeToo Movement” even a person? What is going on?

  3. However, after further evaluation, he has ALMOST, single-handedly, turned the NFL into ashes, my favorite game 😦 Only time will tell, if the fans come back or not.

  4. Being Time’s person of the year does not require having any decent quarterbacking skills so its ok on that front. The rest of its all subjective so everyone is free to have their own thoughts. If the controversy can sell a few magazines then the choice would make sense. They have been hurting over there.

  5. Why is Trump considered? He already printed two fake covers of himself winning. Talk about fake news, Trump is as fake as it gets.

  6. @staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb

    You probably will get pretty angry yourself when you learn some of the other notable “winners” Adolph Hitler. Josef Stalin. Ayatollah Khomeini and in 2004 “you” (as in all of us)

    In the words of Inago Montoya: “I do not think it means what you think it means”

  7. Ofc they put Kim Jong and kaep on it… because reasons. One wants to blow us up physically, and the other wants to blow up the NFL. Super neat criteria, I am so happy I don’t have brain rot like TIME.

  8. Not sure what he has done to deserve anything. Just caused a whole pile of trouble, and his girlfriend is even more vindictive. He needs to just go away.
    We are all sick of him.

  9. What exactly is the requirement? If its who has had the most impact on people in this country thats Trump hands down. Whether its good impact or bad impact I wont get into here, but either way he has added up to the most. And the #metoo movement, although not a person per se, thats proving to be a whammy as well. Mueller is the one who is probably contribuing the most. The rest are all lower level noise makers, trendy in some circles, but thats all.

  10. Awesome, the man who is responsible for initiating the decline of one of the greatest sports ever is on the short list for person of the year. What a time to be alive.

  11. Kaepernick refuses to vote. He is on record as saying both presidential candidates — yes, including Hillary Clinton — should be in jail. He is well documented as having nothing but disdain for democracy and our political system. So seeing him up there with dictators from China and DPRK does have some consistency.

  12. Not a firefighter who saved someone from a burning building, not a doctor who invented life saving medicine, not a soldier who was wounded in combat, not an innovator who benefited mankind…. Instead a washed up QB who praised a communist dictator and degraded law enforcement is person of the year. Only in America!

  13. ctiggs says:
    December 4, 2017 at 11:55 am
    Looking at that list lmao. Trump and Kim Jung ? what a horrible group to be a part of.
    —————–
    On par with Obama, Clinton, and Merkel.

  14. feckyerlife says:
    December 4, 2017 at 11:42 am
    What he do, he doesnt speak or say anything in public or too anyone. so what does he do?

    ————
    He got beat out by Blaine Gabbert as the SF starting QB

  15. Why anyone would be supportive of what his true intentions were/are; is beyond reprehensible. Tearing the fabric that makes America the best country to live in by using it’s afforded freedom is cowardly.

  16. Look twice before deciding this means anything other than “person in the news a lot that might influence some things in some way”.

    Winners of note:
    Adolf Hitler – 1938
    Joseph Stalin – 1939
    Joseph Stalin – 1942
    Bill Clinton (in an impeachment year) – 1998
    Ken Starr (jointly for his investigation of Clinton) – 1998
    Vladamir Putin – 2007
    Donald Trump – 2016

    Some of these folks are responsible for the deaths of millions. Yes millions.

    Others are simply newsworthy, but not praiseworthy.

    Be mindful to not jump to conclusions. This has nothing to do with Kap being anything other than the cause of a specific ruckus.

    Wefus out…

  17. 1590t says:
    December 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Kaepernick – Headline
    “Time’s Man of the year – The person who killed the NFL.”
    —————————

    That would be Goodell, the person that failed to put an end to the kneeling.

  18. North Korea’s president? Does the word president imply he was elected? Do they have the electoral college in North Korea? No idea, but that’s what I’m getting from this article. It’s like winning a popularity contest of the most hated people in the news right now.

  19. The NFL is putting up 90 million dollars to support the movement against inequality …mainly because of what Kap started. Yet most still don’t know what he’s done or contributed. LOL. You don’t have to support it….it’s still gonna happen.

  20. feckyerlife says:
    December 4, 2017 at 11:42 am

    What he do, he doesnt speak or say anything in public or too anyone. so what does he do?
    ———————–

    He’s doing more than the bozos that do nothing but rest on one knee during the singing of the national anthem.

  21. No amount of magazine covers will change the fact that he’s not an NFL quarterback. Dude is done…buh bye now.

  22. mbg8977 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Awesome, the man who is responsible for initiating the decline of one of the greatest sports ever is on the short list for person of the year. What a time to be alive.
    ———————–

    I didn’t see Roger Goodell on that list.

  23. They actually called me to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

  24. I did not think I could lose any more respect for this rag of a magazine, but whoops they did it again. How about a player from Texas that actually did something positive, like raising money for those affected by the hurricanes?

  25. The qualification based on that list of names seems to be who generates the most media buzz.

    If that’s the case Trump wins, hands down. That dude can’t pet a puppy without it being some sort of national news scandal.

  26. @staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    December 4, 2017 at 11:35 am
    Angry white men will hate this
    ==================================================================================
    How does Stafford feel about it? He is probably laughing like everyone else except you.

  27. mbg8977 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 11:59 am
    Awesome, the man who is responsible for initiating the decline of one of the greatest sports ever is on the short list for person of the year. What a time to be alive.

    —–
    If Kaep has so much power and influence that he can initiate the decline of a multi billion dollar sports league like the NFL by simply taking a knee then maybe he should be the person of the year.

  28. Other finalists are North Korean president Kim Jong Un, special prosecutor Robert Mueller, U.S. president Donald Trump, Chinese president Xi Jinping, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, film director Patty Jenkins, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the #MeToo movement, and “The Dreamers.”

    PSA: Time Person of the Year does mean what people think it means. It is not necessarily a good or desirable award at all. In theory it is more of a time capsule reflection for a giving year.
    In the words of Time Magazine itself:
    “Since 1927, TIME has identified the Person of the Year, recognizing the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year, for better or for worse.”

    Now the title does not have to be given to a person. The #MeToo movement is a candidate because the sexual harassment and assault allegations have been a major topic in recent news.

    Kaepernick is a viable candidate for this award because he has been in the news alot! That is the only criteria: To be in the News A lot! And Kaepernick fits this criteria to a T. And just a side note Stalin and Hitler have won this award. So its not really a good thing.

  29. Anytime someone stands up for a poor person or a minority they get crucified in the court of public opinion…Kudos to Time Magazine…they’ve had other people on their cover in decades past that were hated by the grandparents of these same bloggers lol

  30. A true american hero who stood up against social injustices and left millions of dollars on the table while donating his career earnings to a multitude of causes and spending his time helping build communities and help bridge divides between two factions of our country. JFK once said, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” and Mr. Kaepernick has certainly answered the call. A true American patriot.

  31. I saw past Time of the year winners posted on this site that kill millions of people…..

    Tells you volumes about the Times choices…

    But in fairness here is a list of good people who ended up at Times person of the year…

    Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Harry S. Truman, Charles de Gaulle, John F. Kennedy
    Pope John XXIII, Lyndon B. Johnson, The Apollo 8 astronauts
    Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter
    Anwar Sadat, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush
    Barack Obama[, Pope Francis, Ebola fighters

    Do we really think Kap belongs in this grouping???? What has he done to further his cause since leaving football???

  32. If you try to compare Kaepernick to Martin Luther King, a certain group of people get very angry. The funny thing is, that’s the same group of people who hated MLK when he was alive. Behind closed doors, he’s still hated by a lot of people, it’s just politically correct to pretend to like him.

  33. charliecharger says:
    December 4, 2017 at 1:09 pm
    If you try to compare Kaepernick to Martin Luther King, a certain group of people get very angry. The funny thing is, that’s the same group of people who hated MLK when he was alive. Behind closed doors, he’s still hated by a lot of people, it’s just politically correct to pretend to like him.

    ———–

    Even from his grave, Martin Luther King could probably read a defense better than Kaep

    Please don’t compare Kaep to MLK.

  34. Time should have a bad man of the year too. That way both Kap and Trump can be on the list. One year Time created a lot of controversy by naming Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini as its man of the year even though he ordered the execution of many of the people who actually helped him depose the shah.

  35. Who buys Time Magazine anymore? I’m going to come out with my own person of the year, print some pamphlets, and pass them out to people I know. Mine will probably reach more people.

  36. Why pick the guy who pushed the american economy back to prominence, breaking stock records each week, highest consumer confidence in decades, lowest unemployment in decades, just past the largest tax cuts in decades which will improve the lives of millions middle and low income Americans? I mean Kaepernick started a movement that ended is taking million of dollars away from breast cancer research so, yea, that must be better.

  37. I think every Black person should be issued a firearm to protect themselves against all of the hateful Police Officers out to get them…
    Signed,
    “Editor Time Magazine”

    Where is the sanity in this country? I just cannot wrap my mind around it.

  38. Well, Kaepernick and Time do have something in common; they’ve both been irrelevent for a long time. Kaepernick for years, and Time for decades. This would one more desperate attempt by a fading magazine to draw attention to itself.

  39. If true, more proof that “person of the year” is not necessarily a compliment.

    The attention has also been given to people who “ruled the headlines” for often negative reasons in a year like Stalin, Hitler, Khomeini, Clinton and Trump…

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