Kaepernick’s college coach calls his national anthem stance “selfish”

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At Nevada, coach Chris Ault and quarterback Colin Kaepernick were a great combination. Today they part ways when it comes to Kaepernick’s decision to sit out the national anthem.

Ault wrote in a letter to the Reno Gazette-Journal that he strongly disagrees with the way Kaepernick is expressing his concerns about police brutality.

Kap using an NFL game as his platform to show the importance of his cause was selfish,” Ault said. “Not standing up for an American treasure such as the National Anthem is disrespectful and clearly has shortchanged the essence of his message because the attention of an uneasy America is on him, not the cause he values.”

Ault also said he’s concerned that Kaepernick’s career will suffer.

“You never lead by sitting down – during the national anthem or anywhere – so for me it’s not the message that’s troubling, it’s the platform and the way it was delivered,” Ault wrote. “Kap is too young and talented to get written off and I worry an act like this could have a negative impact on him and his career. He’s a great young man. Guys like him can make a difference, but it’s just a lot easier to make that point when you’re excelling on the field.”

Football coaches tend to be conservative and generally want players focused on nothing more than the game on the field, so it’s not surprising that Ault and former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh don’t agree with Kaepernick’s stance. It’s also a reminder that if Kaepernick gets cut by the 49ers, he may have trouble finding another coach who wants him on his team.

49 responses to “Kaepernick’s college coach calls his national anthem stance “selfish”

  1. You know maybe instead of Kaep just sitting, maybe he can take all that money he has made and actually put it to good use. Donate it to those you think are oppressed. Build up schools, neighborhoods, etc. Or you can simply leave if this place isn’t good enough for you.

  2. A lesser-known verse of The Star-Spangled Banner literally champions the killing of escaped slaves. Go ahead and downvote this comment if that fact upsets you.

  3. Call it what you will.

    I’ll be hopeful and call it a spark. He’s right, He feels a way and I hope other influential sports people who have eyes and a conscience will follow suit….

    Or maybe you feel they should stop at the “icky shuffle”

  4. He’d come across WAY better if he was putting his money where his mouth is. If he feels this deeply then use some of his millions to try and change things. In the absence of that he comes across as either just courting attention OR like he saw his release coming and wanted something other than his play to blame it on.

    And just an observation, but both coaches who he excelled under in both college and the NFL have totally blasted him over this. If they liked him you’d have expected a far tamer response. Sounds like he wasn’t making many friends even in the best of times.

  5. I really wish people would actually look up the national anthem and why it was written. Read about the person who wrote it. That man was no saint.

    At games and events we sing 1 verse out of four. I think we should dig a little deeper before we just blast off on Kaep.
    I mean for those who are that mad, if this truly is the land of the free, shouldn’t he be able to do that.

    Do not get so caught up in land of the free, home of the brave before you really look at the history behind that.

  6. niners816 says:
    Aug 29, 2016 5:42 PM

    You know maybe instead of Kaep just sitting, maybe he can take all that money he has made and actually put it to good use. Donate it to those you think are oppressed. Build up schools, neighborhoods, etc. Or you can simply leave if this place isn’t good enough for you.
    _________________________________

    Yeah, America! Love it or leave it!

  7. niners816 says:
    Aug 29, 2016 5:42 PM
    You know maybe instead of Kaep just sitting, maybe he can take all that money he has made and actually put it to good use. Donate it to those you think are oppressed. Build up schools, neighborhoods, etc. Or you can simply leave if this place isn’t good enough for you.
    ———————————–
    Maybe He will. Give the Man time to figure out his way, His mission.
    Because you knuckle dragging wingers didn’t wake up ignorant…it took many years to fester

  8. If Kaepernick wants to make an impact, let’s have him ask his precious oppressed people to stop dropping their empty forties out of the car window.
    That’s so classless. I’m sick of seeing it.

  9. Now its an awkward elephant in the room. Either he continues out of principal and gets everyone mad, or concedes and stands and gets “i told you so”‘d by the country

    All while he’s crumbling as a quarterback

    pick your battles, my man

  10. maybe if kap had burned the flag his message would have gotten heard for what it was meant to be

  11. Kaepernick’s motives on this one are painfully transparent.

    The fact is, he was getting beaten out in the battle for the starting QB job by the immortal Blaine Gabbert, and he knew it.

    Now when he gets cut he’ll have an excuse and will be able to whip out the race card.

  12. Over the weekend there were 10 murders and 57 wounded in Chicago alone. If Kap wants to make a difference, there are far better ways than acting like a baby.

  13. How quickly they turn on you. This man made Nevada relevant and made him millions. While the plays don’t get a dime. Kap is doing what some of the other minority athletes should have been doing. I will not stand for the anthem either at any games I attended.

  14. I would not call him “selfish”. He’s knowingly throwing his career away for this. Agree with his actions or not, if he was selfish he certainly would not do it.

  15. In his interview he admitted to not understanding the flap over the anthem. This is just a young, dumb, kid trying to find his identity and doesn’t really know which way to turn. He knows he’s half black, but doesn’t know his black father and wasn’t raised in a black culture. He also doesn’t know how to respectfully articulate his arguments without putting his employers in an uncomfortable position and insulting the public at large. He’s a lost man-child.

  16. Like I said. Clear equipment violation. Using the uniform and game to make a political statement. I pray some one on Park Abenue has balls to enforce that. If not ? Gonna be a side show all season.

  17. ibelyle says:

    His critics must be the progeny of those who vilified Muhammad Ali nearly 50 years ago.
    ======================================

    Are you under the impression we all looked up to Ali?

  18. Well said coach! Kaepernick is trying to deflect attention from his game since he is no longer a starting quarterback in the NFL. If he was starting I highly doubt he would of used NFL to make a senseless political stance. He is a millionaire and raised by white parents. He is trying to sound intellectual without knowing the full definition of the word oppressed. I am black man and can honestly say that I quit bringing attention to myself by not hanging out with the wrong people at all hours of the night and dressing in a fashion that brings negative attention to myself. I learned not to run from police if I did nothing wrong and to follow lawful orders when ever I am stopped. If Kaepernick is so concerned about his cause then he should go spend some of those millions on inner city youth programs. Not standing for our national anthem is disrespectful to the many men and woman who have served and died for our freedom.

  19. Kap could care less what his college mentor thinks. He sucked the system dry in a scholorship The kid is blessed Play or no play he is owed 11 million Not bad. Just remember. Someday he has to lay the piper. Keep the money Kap and let it be known. You did nothing to help the true cause , nothing.

  20. Hard for me to believe he’s sincere especially since he didn’t start making noise until it became clear that his game has turned to garbage.

  21. Let me start by saying I agree with his college coach and Harbaugh: it’s a selfish move and the wrong way to make a statement.

    That said, stupid or ballzy, he’s in the process of sacrificing whatever future career he had in the NFL to make this statement. That’s bold. Not “hero” bold…I’ll reserve that word for our soldiers that actually make the ultimate sacrifice. But more like “martyr” bold. He has to know he’s committing career suicide for this “cause.”

    And while I’ll say again that I don’t agree with his methods, all the lunatics coming out and spewing their vitriol from their keyboard is really only proving his point. There is a lot of hatred and division in this country and don’t look now but you’re all proving it with these attacks full of generalities and stereotypes.

    The irony is the very thing that makes this country so great and unique is the ability for any citizen to do exactly what he’s choosing to do; it doesn’t make him a communist! Please read the constitution or the Bill of Rights. Agree or disagree, it is all of our inalienable right to say so.

    God Bless America. God bless our freedom.

    –a Navy Officer

  22. This is nothing but a PR stunt from a whiny spoiled brat who’s never been oppressed. He’s just trying to take the attention off of his bad football stats. These days Kap is seen as a joke and is desperately trying to gain some sympathy from the SJWs on social media.

  23. This coach I’m sure has his heart in the right place but he doesn’t understand the movement. He can’t possibly because his family has never been slaves. He’s speaking from privledge. Kap did the right thing and I’m happy more athletes will follow his lead.

  24. He knew there would be backlash…usually, when change happens, someone has to be prepared to take on the burden…enemies will come at you from every angle… I applaud you Kap….

    Jackie Robinson: “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag”

  25. Strange that the guy calls it selfish, as he opines from an editorial in a newspaper.

    Maybe Kap is smarter than he’s getting credit for; he has the entire sports world talking about this, after all.

  26. A lesser-known verse of The Star-Spangled Banner literally champions the killing of escaped slaves. Go ahead and downvote this comment

    That’s irrelevant because that’s not the version he knows or listens to. That’s not the version he is avoiding so your comment while maybe true, has nothing to do with this.

    And I don’t think you will find many people that disagree with what his concerns are but rather his approach.

    Well that and the fact that a white family afforded him the successes and opportunities that he has achieved in life.

    Thank god for Harbaugh, Rex and his college coach for not taking the easy way out and having the intestinal fortitude to say what they have said.

  27. niners816 says:
    Aug 29, 2016 5:42 PM
    You know maybe instead of Kaep just sitting, maybe he can take all that money he has made and actually put it to good use. Donate it to those you think are oppressed. Build up schools, neighborhoods, etc. Or you can simply leave if this place isn’t good enough for you.

    and what is your cause you stand for? why don’t you donate all your money to said cause? who are we to say what he should do with his money?

  28. This coach I’m sure has his heart in the right place but he doesn’t understand the movement. He can’t possibly because his family has never been slaves. He’s speaking from privledge. Kap did the right thing and I’m happy more athletes will follow his lead.

    Neither has the family that raises Kap. perhaps Kaps birth family has but that doesn’t matter because that’s not his family. He himself admitted he’s never been oppressed. He’s helping to form a racial divide in which he has never actually lived so he appears as a fraud.

    So what I’m saying clown dog is that he has as much familiarity with these injustices as his coach did.

  29. When you put on the uniform you represent something greater than yourself. There are many ways to make a difference and things one can do to try to change the system but he has made this more about himself, than anything else. He is being a poor sport and a bad team mate .

  30. “You never lead by sitting down – during the national anthem or anywhere – so for me it’s not the message that’s troubling, it’s the platform and the way it was delivered,”
    …Coach, I’d like to introduce you to this historical figure Ghandi… he wasn’t standing for much of his protest.

  31. staff2cj: yea he’s a real martyr alright. This is the same jerk who made fun of Houston flood victims and was actually fined for using a racial slur on the field. Kaepernick is a complete lowlife who had no problem subjecting his coaches, team mates and organization to that backlash as well, whether they wanted it or not. Funny how Kaepernick waited right up until his NFL career was about to flame out before taking his “stand”.

    omg did u seriously just compare a privileged little puke like Colin Kaepernick to Jackie Robinson? You have lost your mind dude.

    @flaccojumpball: The coach came from privilege? Where did Kaepernick come from? Are you seriously this ignorant?

  32. Not “an american treasure” if you’re black. Check the 3rd verse. It warns blacks that they’ll be killed if they leave the south and aid the north. I’m not making it up. Learn some history about the anthem so many of you believe a sacred song for all…it’s not.

  33. Tonyz the 4th verse of the anthem refers to Hessian mercenaries in the revolution & American sailors seized by British warships and forced to serve on crews fighting the US are the “slaves” referred to in the song. People who don’t know history should not lie about it.

  34. tonyzendejas says:
    A lesser-known verse of The Star-Spangled Banner literally champions the killing of escaped slaves.

    —He was referring to the Corps of Colonial Marines, one of two units of black slaves recruited between 1808 and 1816 to fight for the British. This may be hard for some to understand, but he wasn’t about to write something nice about those fighting with the enemy.

  35. Indicates a lack of perspective on his part. Protest and speaking your conscience is obviously important but at the right time and place.
    Name another country where he’d be at the top of the economic food chain for his skill set. This “football nation” is the only reason he’s on the stage with an audience of millions.
    The ultimate protest: say he doesn’t want the dirty money gained in a country he doesn’t respect. Clarify that he doesn’t want to benefit from the ticket sales and prime time television.

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