Boomer Esiason would like Colin Kaepernick to get off his lawn

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Depending on who you listen to over at CBS, Colin Kaepernick is either the worst person ever, or Muhammad Ali.

Former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason showed he can still sling the hot takes with the best of them, saying Kaepernick should be ashamed for sitting through the national anthem last week.

“I cannot say it in the strongest, most direct way, that it’s an embarrassment and it’s about as disrespectful as any athlete has ever been,” Esiason said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “And I don’t care what the cause is. The NFL football field is not a place for somebody to further their political ambitions. Can you imagine if a player went out on the field with a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and let’s vote for (Donald) Trump? It’s the same thing.”

While it’s actually not, players have been making political and/or religious statements on the field for years, in far more noticeable ways that Kaepernick’s sitting, which he did for two weeks without anyone noticing because he wasn’t in uniform.

But Esiason apparently needed to bray, and trotted out the familiar themes about respect for the military and police. Of course, when Kaepernick complained about police brutality, some think the money he has made playing football makes him immune to such treatment or that he wasn’t talking about the treatment others are subject to.

“He is severely under-informed, and I welcome him to go ride in a cop car and take numerous 911 calls, going into places where guns and violence are everyday occurrences,” Esiason said. “Put on that blue [police] uniform and put the shield on and see what it’s like to put your life in harm’s way every single day, and then get back to me when you’re making $35,000 or $40,000 a year, as opposed to the $11 million he’s making.”

His CBS colleague, Bart Scott, took a more reasoned approach, saying Kaepernick’s protest was effective for one big reason — because we’re still talking about it and the issues that caused Kaepernick to do it.

“Every guy has the right to voice his opinion and his beliefs, and I support him, like any teammate should,” Scott said. “With the death of Muhammad Ali, I think it’s raising a lot of social consciousness in athletes. This icon of humanity passed, and you reflect on his life, and as a great athlete, you want to emulate that. [Kaepernick] is doing what he can do have his voice heard to speak for a movement.”

While Esiason was quick to rip Kaepernick’s timing, Scott said it was “always the right time to fight for justice and to fight for what you believe in. . . .

“It’s not equal justice and liberty for all. To stand up for what you believe in, to be willing to take the lumps and hits for what you believe in, I think he should be commended.”

Kaepernick has been by many, though Esiason won’t be one of them, not with all these people on his lawn.

142 responses to “Boomer Esiason would like Colin Kaepernick to get off his lawn

  1. Boomer is right.
    Sports and Politics don’t mix.
    However, Kaep should’ve thought about the impact it has on his teammates ahead of himself.
    Take your riches as an NFL athlete and do something positive for your cause on your own time.
    His statements, if done in that manner, would surely garner more positive feedback and necessary publicity.
    Without the distractions to his ‘day job’ or those he’s paid to win with and for.

  2. I get why there are a dozen posts per day on this. It’s a hot topic and everyone has an opinion on it. Honestly though, who friggin cares? It’s a third rate athlete who no one will remember in a decade. The fact is he did something that did not effect ANYONE else. It had absolutely zero impact on anyone’s life, work, well-being, etc. Next time he can pull his pants down and moon the entire stadium for all I care.

  3. That Donald Trump analogy was terrible. “Hands Up & I can’t breath” were protests on the football field as well. While I don’t agree with Kapersmack on this issue, Boomer did a pretty lame job with his debate and would have been beaten by any 8th grade member of a debate team.

  4. He works for the Niners. I don’t care what his personal feelings are toward the country, he isn’t representing himself when wearing that jersey. Say and do what you want in your own time, but as long as you represent a company you had better choose a stance in line with that company when you decide to take one.

  5. Esiason does realize that no one is required to put on that blue uniform? Those people choose to work under those overly dramatized conditions.

    If someone was forced to be a cop it would be different.

  6. Speaking as a white Scandinavian. Boomer Esiason is someone I think has an unresolved issue related to African Americans that leaks into what he says.

    I don’t think he is a racist, I think it’s more to do with unconscious race based stereotypes being too prominent in him. I’we noticed this when he talks about black QBs.

    If it were possible with some Hollywood makeup, I would love it if he could look and act like a black man driving around with a broken taillight for about a month.

    He might get a new perspective on things.

    As for the poor cops having to police a heavily armed and gun fixated population, I’m shocked they only have something like 6 months of basic training.

    Where I live the cops have minimum 3 years, and they don’t usually carry guns.

    If I knew I could be shot in a matter of seconds, I would have a very itchy trigger finger. I can’t imagine how hard it is for the cops to control their fear.

  7. Boomer and the Steelers left tackle are also going to be on the wrong side of History, as now that everything has hit its threshold the cream is rising to the top and veterans that are for what Kaepernick has done are now all coming out of the woodwork.

    Also seeing as we’re still talking about Colin Kaepernick and that stories like the military paying the NFL 10 million dollars or something around that number, just so they can display symbols of patriotism and everything else, or that the NFL was a 501 C 6 non-profit from 1942 until 2015, and other little gems prove that Kap’s stance has been HIGLY EFFECTIVE.

    Everybody can rant and Rave about their ironic sense of patriotism which is ultimately anti America to demand a man to leave for exercising his right to dissent, yet the fact is at the end of the day he started a discussion where it wouldn’t have happened if he wasn’t a multi million-dollar quarterback that plays for a national sports team. Doesn’t get more American than that.

  8. Everybody is talking about Kaepernick and his poor choice of platform WAY more than the point he was trying (and failing) to make. NOT the same thing. He has raised awareness on himself…

  9. I guess technically he was a “Former Jets quarterback”.. but seems a little weird since he spent 9 years with the Bengals, took them to the super bowl, and then even returned to finish his career with them.

    Does getting to put that “New York Jets” tag rile this crowd up more?

  10. Police brutality? Roland Fryer’s study from about two months ago. Find it online and read it. Also, how much $$ and time has Kap given to fight/prevent ‘oppression’? Answer: None.

  11. ESIASON YOU IGNORANT DOPE!!!!! YOUR COMMENT IS LAUGHABLE!!!! THIS IS AMERICA HE CAN SIT, STAND OR SCRATCH HIS BUTT IF HE WANTS!!!!

  12. Good job Boomer…..I couldn’t have said it better. What is Kaepernick doing outside of Football to help this so-called problem? Looks to me he’s just trying to create headlines to hang on to his job.

  13. I think it’s a stunt by keep to make himself untradeable so he can keep his guaranteed money when he gets cut. Sure, there are too many unarmed blacks getting shot by police and much more injustice in our society but refusing to stand for the national anthem and saying there’s no difference between our flag and the confederate flag isn’t going to solve anything.

  14. Kaepernick is no Ali. He’s a crackhead has-been wannabe hero. Kaepernick has done nothing to help this cause besides using the platform the NFL provides him to make this about himself.

    Colin, in a real street situation, you’d be the first punk on your phone calling the cops. You aren’t fooling anyone.

  15. You do know that Esiason spent the majority of his career as a Bengal yet you call him a former Jets QB? Yes, I know he played for the Jets for 3 years, but he was a Bengal for 10 years.

    I guess you’ll also say things like:

    “Former Chiefs QB Joe Montana…..”
    “Former Bronco RB Tony Dorsett”
    “Former Rams QB Joe Namath”
    “Former Dolphins LB Junior Seau”
    “Former Raider Rod Woodson”
    “Former Jet Ronnie Lott”

  16. Here is an idea anyone not of color do this and see if it may shed some light into something inside you may have never felt and I was told this by my fellow UF grad who is white but wife was Indian like from the country. In order to marry her he had to go to India and live there for I think 6 mo. Well he didn’t have but but he wanted to marry her so. He stated that was an eye opening experience to be treated differently in fear for his life because of the color of his skin. He couldn’t go out at night for fear of being kidnapped for ransom (because all Americans have money lol) or killed, just because he was white not saying that was right but he said never having felt like that, everyone should experience that to have better understanding of what others may go through. Just a thought

  17. They should all just shut up and play, that’s why we pay the ridiculous PSL’s, $14 beers and meaningless pre-season games.

    If we want your opinion or political views (whoever you are), we’ll ask for it.

  18. Its just a ready made excuse for when he is cut or sitting behind Gabbert. So he can look like a martyr. Has he ever refused to stand in previous years? ( that is an honest question)

  19. Bart Scott agreed with Kaepernick’s approach”because we’re still talking about it”. Therefore, he must have agreed with Osama Bin Laden’s approach “because we’re still talking about 9-11.” An act is inherently right or wrong, the fact that we are still talking about it does not make it more or less right.

  20. bart scott has an iq of 6.
    people would commend kaepernick if he did things quietly behind the scenes for a cause, not making it about him.

    this is about attention, entitlement and being selfish because he lost his job

  21. Bart Scott sounding more rational than Boomer ? That’s a shocker. Anyways, where was Kaepernick when his fellow football peers were committing violence against women ? Remember Ray McDonald, Ray Rice, and Greg Hardy ? Was Kaepernick taking a stand when domestic violence is an every day occurrence or how about abused children ? Its pretty convient to play the race card to take a stance. Kaepernick should think about all people, he’s as selfish of an athelete as anyone.

  22. Hey Boomer, what’s more offensive?
    1) Kaep not standing for the flag as a personal protest; or,
    2) You publicly criticizing a baseball player for missing 2 games to attend his son’s difficult birth and your saying his wife should have instead been made to have a c-section before the game?

    (1) is an individual using his free will in what some see as mildly offensive act to raise further attention to an issue, whereas (2) is an insensitive & deeply sexist dinosaur seeking to deny free will.

    I disagree with Kaep but at least he isn’t trying to tell others what to do on.

  23. Hey Kap, one of the things the flag stands for is freedom. You don’t like it. To Bad. You are now FREE to leave.

  24. In this country, the greatest in history, you have the right to speak your mind as long as it’s not libel. No one should be chastised for exercising their First Amendment Rights!

    That said, IMO, and it’s my Right to say this, it’s a b!tch move to sit during the anthem. There’s more you can do if you think there’s injustice. What you did is grandstanding, pure & simple. Real heros never seek the limelight.

  25. The greater problem in the black community is not police brutality but rather how blacks are killing one another in epic proportions. And where is the outrageous in the black community about that? Crickets.

  26. Hmm another hot take by a white personality. No disrespect but you don’t get it and never will. That’s not your fault. You don’t get what the anthem actually stands for. Freddy Gray, Alton Sterling, Mike Brown, Eric Garner are names that mean nothing to Drew Brees Boomer and others.

  27. Hmm Boomer may be a college graduate(or is he??) but Mr. Kaepernick is following in the footsteps of other great African American athletes’ in reminding America what their conscience should be. I include Jackie Robinson, Muhammed Ali, Tommie Smith and John Carlos.
    America is a great country but has to review some of their police actions

  28. Newsflash: America is not perfect

    But its a lot better than many other places.

    I guess we don’t need to be concerned about people being tossed off buildings or executing people with machine guns & then burying them in mass graves, do we Mohammed?

  29. It’s refreshing to hear a take on this that doesn’t just go along with the lowest common denominator’s cries of disrespect and lack of gratitude. A flag is just a piece of cloth dyed in a particular pattern. A national anthem is just organized noise in the air. That goes for America or anywhere else. So this “how DARE you” attitude is hilarious to me. I’ve already expressed my thoughts on human society, the concept of government and politics, etc in other posts, and I frankly don’t have the energy to go into it again, but I recognize its far away from conventional thinking, and I don’t expect most people to agree, not because it’s necessarily wrong, but because the idea makes people uncomfortable. But the overall point is that we all have the right to do and say whatever we feel, but don’t ever let anyone convince you that that right was fought for and won for you, that right comes automatic with a heartbeat and brain activity. Every individual on the planet is the steward and defender of their own freedom. Give yourself a pat on the back for exercising it.

  30. So some Americans are offended that a millionaire is not saluting an inanimate piece of fabric, but not offended with police murdering innocent people. I know some of you are cops, have family in the police or military (As do I, I have cousins and a brother in the Army), I just want you all to know that I am ashamed of you for purposely missing Kaepernick’s protest and making about disrespecting military when you know that is not true. The flag is about pride in your country not pride in police or military. And if he doesn’t have pride in it why should he stand? He is expressing his first amendment right. If you do not like the idea of him exercising his first amendment right, maybe move to North Korea?

  31. Krap is accomplishing absolutely nothing by sitting. Except pitting people against one another.

    If Krap was serious he would not play under the flag with such “oppression” going on.

    Krap & any other player who continues this fake stance. are just phony cowards.

    Time to move on from this nonsense.

  32. All of the Colin Appologists are WRONG,,JUST PLAIN WRONG..Y? Because as a person outside the US will tell you,,of ALL the symbols worldwide..from Tunisuia, to Perth, to bejing, to Cape town and every country small and large there is no more ICONIC, symbol than the US FLAG. I want all of the Colin supporters to LOOK long and hard at arriving C-17’s at Dover. Where each soldier who died for this country,,is draped in that “hateful symbol” as they wait for their final resting place, nobody can tell if they are Hispanic, Black, Asian or white, they are all equal! ,A Soldier who stands for those,,who cannot stand for themselves..as the TOMB says…HERE LIES IN HONORED GLORY, A SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD.

  33. Enough already. Get off the bandwagon and quit dumping on a guy who is simply exercising his constitutional rights.

    You may disagree with Kap’s delivery or his timing or his stance, but he’s exercising a freedom that is the envy of the world: the envy of the world.

    And we’re to listen to people who take cheap shots and slam him for this? Seriously? People who wrap themselves in the red, white and blue and act put-out because a football player won’t stand for the national anthem? Please. Makes no sense.

    Esiason’s just another spoiled, inarticulate idiot who understands nothing of the world and its daily struggles.

  34. Kaepernick wins simply due to the fact that people are still talking about him……..him alone……because he was garbage and it was only a matter of time before be was irrelevant.

  35. I don’t understand why so many people are concerned with what someone’s perceived level of “patriotism” is. Maybe Colin loves his country as much as everyone else, maybe he doesn’t, but why is everyone else so concerned with it? You have the right to feel whatever way you want about your country. Are you also concerned with people who you don’t think love their football team or their mama as much as you too?

  36. Why is it that when anyone takes a different stand than the one certain pft personnel takes, he starts with the veiled “old guy” slams?

  37. Hey Esiason! Ever done a ride along? nope. Ever talked to an officer suspended for a shooting? nope. Ever gone to a BLM rally or talked to the family of someone who was unarmed and killed by police? nope. Maybe YOU are the severely uninformed. Your posturing and grandstanding is actually part of the real problem. And if you think wearing a Trump hat is the same as using your celebrity to draw attention to a real and true problem, you are not only uninformed, but severely uneducated as well. Provocation leads to conversation–you see, exactly what is happening. IF he did something SAFE and approved by all, no one would be talking about it. Why is this so difficult to understand for so many? I think its because most of you really dont think for yourselves–cue up the parroted talk radio commentary, try as you might to disguise it somehow, you still mimic them like the dumb primates you behave as.

  38. Rush Limbaugh made a pretty good point yesterday (I can’t believe I’m typing this).

    He basically said people watch pro football because of the excitement of competition and because it is a wonderful escape from our daily bombardment of politics and other misery.

    Turning it into another overtly political platform isn’t going to help the league (and their billion dollar sponsors) attract and retain viewers.

  39. “Make America Great Again”

    Imagine Tom Brady saying that. Just think about the backlash that would cause by the racists black lives matters and racist black panther. Black panthers is a hate group and Kaep is verbally supporting them in social media and he isnt banned from the league yet.

    Hey Kaep, you owe Harbaugh some of your money. He made that for you

  40. Go away Kaep! This is nothing more than an attention grab for an athlete that is desperate to stay in the spotlight with whatever means possible. Consider he can’t play QB anymore this is now his stage.

    Kaep is nothing but a disrespectful, narsicist with a selfish agenda.

  41. Few people know this because we only ever sing the first verse. But read the end of the third verse and you’ll see why “The Star-Spangled Banner” is not just a musical atrocity, it’s an intellectual and moral one, too:

    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

  42. Why is it someone like Kaepernick can voice his opinion and the worst that anyone is allowed to say is, “it’s his right to protest, but I do not agree with it”.
    However, it someone actually stands up a bit more, then they are the ones with the “problem”. Look at the headline PFT wrote, “get off his lawn”?? Right away just by that headline, Esiason is the villian and Kaepernick is the hero. You trash Boomer (who I can’t stand by the way) and then try to sarcastically soften the blows by saying something like, “of course it’s also his Esiason’s right to disagree”.
    Kaepernick has a worthy cause. But if he really wants to be part of the solution, why doesn’t he get more involved on his own time? Spend some of his own money to help… create out reach program. Refurbish an old building and make it a community center and invite the police to volunteer there try and fester a relationship with police and younger kids.
    Did Colin have these issues with America before he started dating Nessa?

  43. Colin Kaepernick wanted to make a point, he has that right and he has made it in spades.

    Those with a different view also have a right to speak out.

    If a family member of Boomer is ever harmed by somebody in law enforcement, we wonder if his views would be the same.

  44. Thank you Boomer Esiasion for having the guts to say what the cowardly NFL and Niners don’t have the guts to say.
    As for Muhammed Ali, he was a phony in a lot of ways, too. I’m still waiting for someone to tell me how a guy can refuse to enter our armed forces because of his religious beliefs, yet have numerous affairs with women while he was married, and even father children that way. I don’t know — maybe that’s accepted behavior with the Nation Of Islam, but it sure doesn’t seem right to me.
    But at least Ali believed in what he was saying and was willing to give up his way to make a living to prove it.
    This clown Kaepernick is just jumping on a bandwagon to make himself look good. But he is doing the exact opposite because he is coming off as a complete idiot.

  45. horse poop

    Nobody is talking about whatever fake “issues” he wanted to bring attention to. People are talking about Kapernick, which was Kapernick’s goal all along

  46. Norman is an embarrassment to Terp Nation. He’s the Norm Crosby of our time. A babbling, illiterate ex-jock gifted a job because he could throw a ball.

  47. It is really rich to hear Boomer Esiason of all people complain about someone using the platform afforded an NFL player to make a statement about a cause. I cannot remember a broadcast over the last 25 years or more in which Esiason did not take advantage of his privilege and his NFL megaphone to push his own personal cause. I’d like for Boomer Esiason to sit across from the mom of murdered 12-year-old Tamir Rice and say, “And I don’t care what the cause is.” Esiason should tell her to her face that a protest about the murder of her child just shows somebody’s “political ambitions” and has “no place” around the NFL. As is often the case with a privileged, pampered blowhard like Esiason, he has no idea what he’s talking about – but he’s damn sure of it.

  48. Why doesnt Kap go on a movement to take all the guns out of his black brothers hands and make America safe again. black people kill far more innocent black people by mistake in drivebys than any cop does.where is the protest over that?

  49. what a surprise – harsher words for Esiason than Rodney Harrison’s moronic, and race baiting, comments yesterday.

  50. This is Colin Kaepernick we are talking about here.
    Colin Kaepernick.
    Before this stunt the only statement he ever made was to get another tattoo and kiss his biceps.
    Colin Kaepernick does not care one bit about anyone other than Colin Kaepernick and this is his desperate attempt to deflect the attention away from the fact that his career has been in a death spiral.
    He was about to be cut because he now sucks as an NFL player so now when he is shown the door he can spin it as racism and play the victim role.
    ”They cut me for taking a stand!”

    Anyone that sees more than this is a fool or being played for one at best.

  51. The best thing that any reasonable American can do is to simply tune out 49er football. If they are playing….turn the channel. The only thing that King Roger and the 32 owners understand is $$$…so if you stop watching the 49ers…their revenue will plummet. Patriotic Americans can generate their own protest…by simply not participating in anything to do with the Niners.

  52. flaccojumpball says:
    Aug 31, 2016 8:08 AM
    Hmm another hot take by a white personality. No disrespect but you don’t get it and never will. That’s not your fault. You don’t get what the anthem actually stands for. Freddy Gray, Alton Sterling, Mike Brown, Eric Garner are names that mean nothing to Drew Brees Boomer and others.

    Those names mean nothing to me either. I try not to sympathize with criminals that are killed in their line of duty (breaking the law). Maybe one day you and those sharing your ideology will wake up to this fact. Maybe.

  53. One thing Boomer is wrong about, is that not too many American police officers make only $35,000-40,000/year. Maybe a long time ago, not now…

  54. flaccojumpball says:
    Aug 31, 2016 8:08 AM
    Hmm another hot take by a white personality. No disrespect but you don’t get it and never will. That’s not your fault. You don’t get what the anthem actually stands for. Freddy Gray, Alton Sterling, Mike Brown, Eric Garner are names that mean nothing to Drew Brees Boomer and others.

    Hmm another hot take by a criminal defending black person. No disrespect but you don’t get it and you probably never will. You don’t get what a cop has to go through in policing inner city cess pools. Keep making martyrs out of criminals, it just weakens your argument. Once again, no disrespect.

  55. Does he have a right to make a statement? Sure, but here’s the deal – don’t sit on your butt during the National Anthem, and whine like a kindergarten piss-ant, and still sit back and enjoy all that this “oppressive” country has afforded you. If you really want to make a statement, LEAVE! The door is open! But leave your millions behind-you couldn’t with a clear conscience spend it. Go to Cuba, where I’m sure you won’t be offended by the lack of free speech, due process, or persecution of Christians. I have heard Kaep is a generous person. If he wants to make a statement he could give a boatload of that money he made to help house, feed, and educate those he feels are so oppressed if it really means that much to him.

  56. The comparison of Kaepernick to Ali is BEYOND a disgrace.

    Kaep is broad brushing the entire police force in the US by stating himself the things he has said.

    If you believe in the lie of the BLM, you are part of the sheople that believe the construed lie in the media: that cops having nothing better to do than wake up and find a way to take the life of black men.

    MORE WHITE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED BY COPS in 2015 than any race combined. That is an absolute fact.

    Chicago has lost over 400 people due to black on black crime, alone, but no peep.

    Where is that outrage?????????????

    It is an EPIDEMIC in Chicago. But all you hear is about “police brutality” because of the mainstream media-that is the liberal agenda.

    Hence, the large majority look at Kaepernick’s stance as a VERY ill-informed stance. He is dating someone from the BLM movement. BLM has protested in the streets:…..”what do we want? Pigs in a blanket!’ How is that not hatred???????????

    No one is taking his 1st Amendment right away.
    He has the right to sit, and we have he right to say out loud, that he is disrespectful, and there are other ways for him to attempt to make a difference.

    What the bigger picture here is NOT this “oppression” he claims….it is the LIE that the media perpetuates day after day. That is the true shame!!!!

    If people of all colors-follow the law-don’t do drugs, don’t sell drugs, don’t steal, don’t fight, don’t riot, value education, make your community a better place,jhave a mom and dad raising the kids in the same household, then you would see a better USA immediately.

    Yes, some hints of racism exists-on both sides.

    But the USA is not a racist country. We are now inclusive and have rights and laws that exist that protect freedom for all.

    The root cause of the failures of failing communities is the lack of a mother and father in the life of young people and education. Simply put, a strong value system. It isn’t the cops.

  57. Kind of ironic that the same hypocrites who were falling all over themselves to praise Ali are now criticizing Kaepernick who is basically calling for the same thing in a very similar way. Hey, but what do I know? I just can see the hypocrisy. Must be that one couldn’t talk anymore and was old and the other is a young QB that they don’t like. Message is the same.

  58. People we now believe to be barbarians were marching to flags and songs over 1,000 years ago. All the people claiming the flag or a song are sacred have yet to advance beyond the stone age.

  59. I swore I wasn’t going to go on a big thing about this, but I frame my arguments in such a way that I think people might get where I’m coming from, and while I don’t take down votes to heart and respect that everyone is entitled to their opinion, it blows my mind that you guys miss the point, seemingly.

    Here’s the lynchpin of my whole argument, and I invite anyone here to please convince me otherwise if you can: WHY? Why do any of you think our absolute freedom is not inherent? Why is your definition of “freedom” filtered through what a government (comprised only of living, breathing people like ourselves who are no better than us) decides “freedom” means? Why do we feel like people went out and earned it for us? Don’t be fooled into thinking that wars are carried out for our safety or freedom. Maybe that’s what they convince civilians and soldiers alike of, but in reality, it’s all about territory, money, political influence, and resources, and it always has been. But if you don’t convince people that they’ll be overtaken by barbarians without the government’s protection and encourage hero-worshipping of veterans (while not giving them the care and help they need upon their return) from civilians, no one will sign up to go duck bullets on the other side of the world for their geopolitical interests. I’ll be the first to tip my cap to the military (of ANY country, friend or foe) because that takes the type of guts not commonly found in people. Only thing is I didn’t ask anyone to go fight for me, a bunch of crooked politicians did. I’d never disrespect a serviceman/woman on the strength of respecting their courage, but I’m not on board with any of the reasons they were sent to fight, that’s all, nor should I be expected to be.

  60. Boomer said Kaepernick is ill informed? Seriously ? Boomer is a rich white guy from Long Island. Kaepernick is a black man living in America. Who’s not properly informed ?

  61. duece5 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 9:25 AM

    Couldnt agree more- and those ignorant people who aren’t aware of facts argue “well yea more white ppl are kiled, there are more white ppl in the country so that just makes sense”. When the truth is, blacck citizens make up for 57% of robberies, 55% of assaults and 52% of all murrders- s0 if that race is committing more violent crimes than all other races put together- then their deeath rate during arrest should be more since those are the violent criminals in which police must take stricter action with. If all things were equal- more bblack ppl would lose their lives to police than any other race due to them putting themselves in more violent situations than any other race combined

  62. Simply put, this conversation isn’t furthered by this man’s actions. It just entrenched people. Those who believe in the actions and words of blackkkliesmatter are still in that corner, those who don’t believe in their actions and words aren’t. All the while the NFL fan just wants football.

    Colin will drive home tonight to his 2.45mil dollar house in a affluent white majority neighborhood where the avg house costs 1+ mil. That’s oppression folks in 2016.

  63. Imagine if Tom Brady gave an interview at his NFL locker with a Trump “Make America Great Again” hat sitting on the shelf on display. Oh wait………….

  64. Boomer just has to have an opinion on everything. Last year, he talked about AJ McCarron as if he was the second coming of Johnny Unitas. Ask him what he thinks of the new Ford Fusion, and he’ll spend an hour ripping on it. That’s just Boomer.

  65. 904primetime ,

    I’ve suggested this forever whenever these topics come up to crickets because the people who don’t want to understand aren’t about to do anything to understand.

  66. steelerdeathstar says:
    Aug 31, 2016 9:21 AM
    One thing Boomer is wrong about, is that not too many American police officers make only $35,000-40,000/year. Maybe a long time ago, not now
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    Might want to research Alabama. One department in that state experienced a “sick-out” protest by officers protesting a starting salary of $12.90 per hour.

  67. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Aug 31, 2016 7:56 AM
    This old man should keep his mouth shut.

    Yeah…just like Kaep should keep his mouth shut.

    Then again if Kaep has the right to speak out, then so does this old man, even if you don’t agree.

  68. Kaepernick is using injustice as a reason for disrespecting the country he lives in. The fact is in most of the cases he’s referring to justice was served he just doesn’t accept it. He’s actually protesting for injustice.

    This is simply about a failing athlete grasping on to anything that can bring attention to himself before his platform is taken away.

  69. Boomer is an idiot. What has he sacrificed? What racial pressure has he or his family endured? Has he ever been in a uniform serving his country or local community? Athlete’s standing for political beliefs isn’t new.

  70. If you think people are talking about this issue now, wait until the season opener which is 9/11. If Kaeperjerk finds himself on an opening day roster and decides to sit, he will not only get booed out of the stadium, but social media will blow a gasket and not in a good way…this fool could have easily taken his protest to twitter.

  71. Kaepernick then wears a shirt with Fidel Castro on it. Maybe he should research the actual oppression of a real life, still alive brutal dictator.

  72. Let’s not establish some moral equivalence thing here where Kap has an opinion and others have another opinion. Kap doesn’t have an opinion he has slandered, falsely, his country and an entire cadre of public servants. Telling a lie and expounding stereotypes doesn’t deserve a pat on the back. He also ignores the terrible interracial violence in this country and the nature of the bulk of the victims of that violence. The number of victims from that violence exceeds by far the number of victims of unjustified and always investigated shootings. We have a black president, black mayors, black police chiefs and a black community that by and large wants more policing not less. Kap is an ill informed knuckle head and the best you can say about his “protest” is its less harmful than throwing a brick. People like Kareem should be ashamed of enabling him. While he may not know better, they do.

  73. And the talking heads just prove that what Kaep is doing is not productive. No one is actually looking at the reality of how terrible the military has treated veterans since Vietnam. No one is talking about how the wars since 9/11 have been unproductive and if anything, harmful, to the American military and citizens.

    Maybe Boomer and some of these idiots should go talk to some of the families in Pakistan that have lost children to drone strikes. Maybe they should go spend a week with a family in Iraq and see what it’s really like there now.

    What would we be doing here in America if Russia was drone bombing us and killing civilians?

    The depth that people have their head in the sand is pathetic and sad. Sorry Kaep. Nice try, but these people are just nowhere near ready to wake up to reality.

  74. Roger is still hiding under his desk. We need several other players to diss the flag so he’s forced to do something. Keep applying pressure.

  75. Keapernick wore a Fidel Castro shirt to his press conference. He is automatically disqualified for talking about oppression when he sports a t-shirt with one of the 20ths centuries greatest oppressors and mass murderers.

  76. Kaepernick has been commended by many? As compared to what? Opinion on this matter seems to run about 80-20 against.

    Also, this headline (get off his lawn) has become sort of dog whistle, but in reverse. The implication is “of course he said this, because he’s a middle aged to older white guy.” But hey, being borderline racist OK if you’re talking about that group.

  77. rollotomasi14 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 8:50 AM
    You refer to Esiason as a Jet instead of a Bengal, the team he’s most notable playing for?

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    Even Boomer doesn’t want to be associated with the Bengals…..

  78. I’ve said in a previous article that the correlations people are making with Kap and Muhammad Ali are asinine. For one reason and one reason only. The power of choice. Ali didn’t have a choice to enter into the situation he was faced. He was forced to enter the draft. Which then caused him to react. Kap has/had the choice every time to stand for the flag during the anthem. You can tell he’s had a choice because he was doing it before (he’s played a lot of football games in the NFL, NCAA, High School) he converted to Islam, now he’s magically changed his choice…..My view is something needs to be done of course! Nobody should be judged right off the bat due to their pigment of their skin; however, that is our society due to so many reasons from history, media, education, and/or fear. However, we’ve been judging people like this for a few centuries now and I don’t think it’s going to change in our lifetime or our kids (if you have kids) lifetime.

  79. Kap is white,.Full ride through college,now multi millionaire . He was raised white ,by white parents in a white neighborhood in California. Kap has some African American genetics . Kap is playing the race card but he is holding a weak hand. He has never been oppressed but is now a Muslim of African decent. This is a confused young man in the twilight of his career trying to remain in the spotlight by disrespecting our country.

  80. armyravensterpsstrong says:
    Aug 31, 2016 10:11 AM
    Boomer is an idiot. What has he sacrificed? What racial pressure has he or his family endured? Has he ever been in a uniform serving his country or local community? Athlete’s standing for political beliefs isn’t new.

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    Boomer is the father of and raised an autistic child. I’d say he has probably sacrificed a lot….. Don’t you feel silly now?

  81. Political correctness is the scourge of our society. If he really wanted to make a statement, go help clean up a black neighborhood you’re so passionate about or build a habitat house. Bring awareness by changing a culture, not by being a petulant child.

  82. Funny how we’re encouraged to think freely, have differing opinions, a right to protest… yet when someone doesn’t do it how we think they should it’s a problem… so much for that freedom thing.

  83. I still think his main motivation is so he can sue the 49ers after he gets cut, claiming it was for political beliefs.

  84. nhpats says: Boomer is the father of and raised an autistic child. I’d say he has probably sacrificed a lot….. Don’t you feel silly now?

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    His son Gunnar is not autistic. He has Cystic Fibrosis, and Boomer has been fighting that disease and raising money to fight it for years.

  85. “He is severely under-informed, and I welcome him to go ride in a cop car and take numerous 911 calls, going into places where guns and violence are everyday occurrences,” Esiason said. “Put on that blue [police] uniform and put the shield on and see what it’s like to put your life in harm’s way every single day, and then get back to me when you’re making $35,000 or $40,000 a year, as opposed to the $11 million he’s making.”
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    And we invite a very white guy like Esiason to be black for even a day and drive around. Racism is still very real in this country whether or not you want to admit it. People like Esiason and many PFT posters can’t possibly even begin to understand what it’s like to be a minority who has experienced discrimination and/ or racism.

  86. 90% of blacks are killed by other blacks…that is fact….check out Chicago’s aka Chiraq gun violence rate….If this guy really wants to make a difference use your millions and your celebrity to do such….Not standing for an anthem accomplishes absolutely nothing

  87. I hope he’s learning the words to Oh Canada. His talent is not NFL worthy, but fit in well for play in the CFL.

  88. Kapernick is playing the race card because without the Read option he is nothing and about to lose his $11 mil job . If he can claim they cut him because of his political/social stance he may delay it or parlay it into another job….

  89. Boomer is white so of course he can respect the cops and not care or understand when they gun down an innocent and unarmed black.

  90. See I’m a liberal. I think the police in this country are out of control… but I also think Kap is nothing but a selfish self serving dolt who truly has zero clue about what he speaks. He has no clue what’s it’s like to be poor in America. It has nothing to do how much he makes and more to do with his back round. . … and further more stop saying his protest worked because “we’re still talking about the issue” nobody is talking about the issue …. everyone is talking about some fool with a bad a hair cut sitting during the anthem.. Kap got exactly what he wanted. He became the story and he won’t get cut now. Congrats Kap. Way to take advantage of poor peoples bad situation. I guess that is the American way.

  91. Oh and one more thing …. Ali actually had to sacrifice during his self sacrifice. He went to jail and lost title … Kap just knocked on twitter …. real self sacrifice to make a statement requires actually sacrifice….

  92. Notice that Kap supporters keep pivoting to his right to protest rigmarole. First of all, he has no such right because he is at work. It’s up to his employer whether or not he is required to stand for the national anthem.

  93. duece5 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 9:25 AM
    The comparison of Kaepernick to Ali is BEYOND a disgrace.

    Kaep is broad brushing the entire police force in the US by stating himself the things he has said.

    If you believe in the lie of the BLM, you are part of the sheople that believe the construed lie in the media: that cops having nothing better to do than wake up and find a way to take the life of black men.

    MORE WHITE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED BY COPS in 2015 than any race combined. That is an absolute fact.

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    this statement is not exactly true… yes, more white people have been killed by cops, BUT, if you look at the stats by percentage of population, blacks are 2.5 times MORE likely to be shot by a cop during an arrest than whites.

  94. Has Kaepernick done anything else to further the cause of justice? You know, like anything real and meaningful?

  95. stoneydog1000 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 9:54 AM
    Boomer just has to have an opinion on everything. Last year, he talked about AJ McCarron as if he was the second coming of Johnny Unitas. Ask him what he thinks of the new Ford Fusion, and he’ll spend an hour ripping on it. That’s just Boomer.

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    He is partners on the most successful morning sports talk show in NY.

    Its his job to have opinions on sports related topics..

    Doesn’t seem very out of line.

  96. Boomer is white so of course he can respect the cops and not care or understand when they gun down an innocent and unarmed black.
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    Unfortunately the ones getting gunned down are usually armed and not innocent. Just sayin’

  97. jchipwood says:
    Aug 31, 2016 6:51 AM
    I’m guessing Kapernick is going to receive an award from ESPN here before long.
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    I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already, but I’m sure they’re already lining him up for his own show given he’ll be out of football shortly

  98. Some people can not deal with the truth! Police become police knowing the dangers that go along with being a police. They were not forced to become police officers most chose the profession to make a living. But when becoming a police officer you have a duty and an oath to serve and protect all people. I applauded Colin for taking a stand for what he believe to be right. Most of these racist and hateful comments are from the very people that represent what’s wrong in America. They don’t give a dam about the National Anthem, the Flag, police or the Military. Their only purpose in life is to breed hate and division in this country. They don’t care the veterans do not have any issue with Colin stand. And as far as Boomer is concerned he has a right to feel and say what he thinks and the only reason that we are hearing him is because of the platform that CBS has afforded him.

  99. While you may not like or agree with Kaepernick’s message or actions, are they baseless?

    Or is there some shred of merit to his protest?

  100. How many times has Boomer trotted his kid on an NFL field or used the NFL as a vehicle to plead his cause? Shut up Boomer and get off your high horse.

  101. I had mixed feelings about the Kaepernick incident until I read about Boomer’s sanctimonious diatribe. Now I’m with Kaepernick.

  102. Boomer, “The NFL football field is not a place for somebody to further their political ambitions.”

    The NFL Team Name “REDSKINS” is to further political ambition.

    HUBRIS: one of the 7 sins. Foolish Pride. Overconfidence.

    Here, people believing that their morals, their beliefs should be universal.

    We all use veterans and the active military every day, every moment, with every breath we take.

    If I was a learned military person I think I would embrace that a fellow country person was using my shoulders to speak & be heard, on any topic they themselves believe in.

    That would be an American asset that I would be fighting 1000% for!

    This whole “I believe in the message but not the method” is illogical/contradictory/blinded by foolish pride.

    “I want you to have the right to…..but only if you do it in a way I agree with.”

    Enlighten yourselves

  103. irongoats says:
    Aug 31, 2016 12:42 PM

    Boomer is white so of course he can respect the cops and not care or understand when they gun down an innocent and unarmed black.
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    Unfortunately the ones getting gunned down are usually armed and not innocent. Just sayin’

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    @irongoats
    “Usually” is good enough for you?

  104. Usually is usually good for me…

    (See what I did there?)

    When does the season start?

  105. All NFL fans should support Kaep. This could mushroom to where half the players sit during the anthem, creating a real problem for Goodell. What fan doesn’t want to see that?

  106. A full-grown man named “Boomer” is impossible to take seriously. About anything.

    Nevertheless, there he is, and it would be wise to remember that they don’t call him “Boomer” on account of his intellect.

  107. “Unfortunately the ones getting gunned down are usually armed and not innocent. Just sayin’”

    Not the unarmed and innocent ones that this whole thing is about. Damn. Just how dumb are you?

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