National Association of Police Organizations tees off on NFL, Kaepernick

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The words and actions of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick have caught the attention not only of the police association in the city his team calls home (even if it doesn’t play there anymore) but the national organization of American police unions. For Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, images of Kaepernick wearing at practice socks adorned with pigs wearing police hats was the last straw.

It’s just ridiculous that the same league that prohibits the Dallas football club from honoring the slain officers in their community with their uniforms stands silent when Kaepernick is dishonoring police officers with what he’s wearing on the field,” Johnson told Josh Peter of USA Today.

“I think the league is in a downward spiral regarding their obligations to the public under Roger Goodell, and this is just another example of that,” Johnson said.

The perceived downward spiral is being regarded as hostility toward police officers by Johnson.

“I expect more from the NFL,” Johnson said. “The NFL has exhibited — it’s not just tone deafness, it seems to be an act of dislike of police, frankly.”

Johnson apparently didn’t mention the most troubling incident that occurred in recent weeks, when Browns running back Isaiah Crowell posted on social media an image of a police officer having his throat slashed. Somehow, that despicable display from Crowell went unpunished by the Browns or the NFL; the fact that Crowell showed contrition and vowed to donate his first game check of the year to a fund benefiting the families of fallen Dallas officers helped defuse the situation. The fact that the Browns regard him as talented surely didn’t hurt, either.

Kaepernick explained on Sunday his concerns regarding the misconduct of specific police officers who commit unwarranted violence against minorities. His decision to wear socks that mock police officers generally is harder to explain away, although he has tried to do so.

The comments put more pressure on the NFL to say or do something in support of police officers. Crowell’s behavior sparked a threat to boycott providing security services at NFL games in Cleveland. If the concerns articulated by Johnson become sufficiently widespread among police officers throughout the country, that could happen in any of the 31 stadiums where NFL games are played.

87 responses to “National Association of Police Organizations tees off on NFL, Kaepernick

  1. I love what Kaep is doing. Got these folks so mad. They hate seeing this. These folks think because he has a check he should just follow suit or go to Chicago with that stuff. I love it. Got these folks mad and they cannot do a thing about it.

    Paul Mooney said it best; they do not like hearing about themselves.

  2. The police departments in all 32 NFL cities need to boycott working all NFL games until the NFL does something about Krapernick.

  3. Johnson is spot on… NFL can cater to the BLM farce, but when it comes to people putting their safety on the line.. no consideration. I have to respect the 1st amendment for Krapernick to free speech, but I’m glad he invited a deluge of 1st amendment expressions against his ignorance.

  4. Police officers need to take a cue from the military. You should be nonpolitical and seen but not heard. Every time they make these kinds of silly statements, they reinforce Kaepernick and others’ point.

  5. ‘These folks’ huh.you mean white people,say it racist.
    Also the Rodney King comment?seriously?two and a half decades ago.
    These people are whiney morons.maybe these people should more look at themselves and the glorification of gangs in their culture and stick around and raised the babies they create.these people.see doesn’t feel right hearing that does it?????

  6. He blames the NFL for Kaepernick’s non-violent protest.

    Does he blame the Atlanta PD for James Burns’ shooting of Deravis Caine Rogers?

  7. Wow… Just a couple of years ago, when he as still somewhat successful, he was under fire for using the n word in a derogatory fashion towards other players, and now he’s a guy who’s a champion for people of color? please. if his career wasnt torpedoing down the crapper, he wouldnt have said anything. Now if he gets cut, some idiots will think of him as a pariah.

  8. “I think the league is in a downward spiral regarding their obligations to the public”

    Sorry but the league’s only real obligations are fiduciary, and they definitely don’t involve the public. We just pay for stuff.

  9. What apparently no one gets is this: the United States Constitution applies to the government, not to corporations (like the 49ers and the NFL). A private business, large or small, can legally ignore your freedom of speech. Where your employer is concerned, you have no such right. End of story. Fire his ass.

  10. As much as I disagree with Kap’s method to express himself I don’t see how cops, local or national, benefit from stepping in on this.

    Just like I really don’t care what Colin thinks, I really don’t care what the police think.

  11. Any abuse or misuse of power by the police is too much. What are these unions doing to call out the rotten among their ranks? They seem to do nothing but damage control and criticize those who would dare criticize them.

  12. Goodell should wait to suspend him until after the San Diego fans get a chance to boo him out of the stadium tonight.

  13. Colin Kaepernick was at one point not too long ago the Superstar franchise QB of the 49ers.. No doubt thousands of kids idolized him.. Kaepernick’s recent actions towards the flag and his wearing of socks depicting police officers as pigs has cemented his status as a piss poor role model.

  14. Regardless of your stance on this issue, Johnson is spot on with this statement:

    “I think the league is in a downward spiral regarding their obligations to the public under Roger Goodell, and this is just another example of that,” Johnson said.

  15. The NFL is run by a bunch of cowards. No way will they step up and make a statement that the intolerant minority opposes. It is not socially acceptable to support the police anymore and no matter how misaligned and flat out wrong that is, society will condemn you as a racist bigot if you do support the men in blue.

    It’s not just the NFL, it’s society as a whole, it’s the media that’s in bed with politicians – doing anything and everything they can to distract us from just how corrupt they are. And apparently, the racism card serves really well as that distraction.

  16. If cops stop shooting unarmed black teenagers and men, then all is good with Kaep and everyone else. Too many unexplained incidents. That’s it. Too many.

    How do you expect black people to feel okay about cops, when they don’t know if some roookie cop, hot head cop or nervous cop is about to squeeze off a round? The finger is on the trigger too soon and too often. Are you saying that you don’t see this or understand it?

  17. if every police department in the municipality where nfl teams have stadiums refused to work nfl games,

    the nfl would be brought to its knees in 5 minutes

    play hardball FOP

    but then again, working a sporting event is one of the cushiest law enforcement jobs there is, with OT to boot

  18. I have made an observation lately that those who are being the most vocal against a persons personal choices are the same ones always ranting about political correctness being shoved down their throat. I don’t even know why anyone would give a hoot about a pair of socks worn in training camp.

  19. This idea about the NFL in a downward spiral is laughable. I’m not one to cut off my nose to spite my face. Sunday’s are the best. I wake up, cook an awesome breakfast and watch the hawks and redzone for the next 10 hours. My favorite day of the week.

  20. The NFL didn’t do anything about Beyonce’s halftime Black Panther tribute, didn’t do anything to Crowell for his cop-getting-throat-slit picture, took National Guard money for ‘patriotism’ displays, won’t let Dallas have a decal on their helmets recognizing the murdered police officers, didn’t punish the Rams players coming out with the ‘Hands up don’t shoot’ sign (which is based on lies), now they haven’t punished Kap for not standing for the National Anthem or wearing these anti-cop socks. Wow, NFL. Just wow.

  21. I hope this gives the 9ers the opening to void his contract. They know the post benching injuries and surgeries he went shopping in Colorado for were a scam to guarantee his salary for this year and that he wants nothing more than to be cut so he can go home and collect it without working for it. But they were stuck with it at the time. Now he has given them plausible cause to get out from underneath it by his team and sport damaging actions. Go 9ers, fight it to the end!

  22. Kaep has responded with reason and eloquence at every turn. The Public sector unions are a scourge on our government. Anything that pisses them off, i support.

  23. ‘These folks’ huh.you mean white people,say it racist.
    Also the Rodney King comment?seriously?two and a half decades ago.
    These people are whiney morons.maybe these people should more look at themselves and the glorification of gangs in their culture and stick around and raised the babies they create.these people.see doesn’t feel right hearing that does it?????
    ——————————————————————
    U know exactly what I meant. And my culture is not about the glorification of gangs. We are a culture of love and peace. Just like all races there are bad apples. Now I did not say anything racist on my post but I do want to thank you for stereotyping “our culture” To say WE do not take care of our children is absurd. Not all African Americans are in gangs. And not all African American men are dead beat dads.

  24. vbe2 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 4:23 PM
    The police departments in all 32 NFL cities need to boycott working all NFL games until the NFL does something about Krapernick.
    _____________________

    Yeah, ’cause nothing would show how wrong Kaepernick is about them like ignoring public safety in the name of an agenda. smh

  25. There you have it.Now it comes out he has these offensive police images.All the people who defended him for being some sort of civil rights spokesman have been let down and he has discredited himself and his cause.

  26. thebirdofprey says:
    Sep 1, 2016 4:26 PM

    How about National Association of Police address cops killing unarmed black men at the rate they do while hiding behind a blue line and racists.

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    How about black people address the fact that they kill each other in record numbers.

  27. I tell you what is ridiculous, is how every gesture, protest, criticism gets turned into a full scale war. It’s pathetic. Men have been murdered by police–mostly black men. These officers claim this or that, then a video emerges proving lies, cover up, and outright murder. This is not in question. The fact that some of these officers who commit murder are then not indicted or convicted is a very serious community issue, and national one. So, whenever someone brings this up, everyone attacks–claims anti-police bias, cries like babies about not being respected, etc. It’s beyond the pale the discussion and arguments around this veer off into some talk radio la-la land. Please folks, learn before you speak, and try, really try to think for yourselves. It’s the only way we move forward. YOU, those of you spewing pure ignorance, lies, falsehoods, are the biggest thing holding us back and make no mistake, it will be on your doorstep someday, or your kids. We are all in this together, why does this need to be explained over and over and over?

  28. The comments here are going to be interesting. I’ve already seen, “You should be nonpolitical and seen but not heard,” yet that person feels no amount of hypocrisy and thinks it is okay for HIM to voice his opinion.

    I hate dirty cops, as we all should – but we don’t. Some of us like to bury our head in the sand and pretend they don’t exist, or thinks it is okay when cops investigate themselves and clear themselves of any wrongdoing, but I don’t, and neither does Kaepernick.

    Police literally get away with murder. They say it is accidental, but what happens if you, or I accidentally kill someone? We are going to jail.

    I’m glad he is taking a stand. Someone needs to, because ignoring it isn’t going to make things any better.

  29. Ignorance is running rampant on this forum. Some of the comments just shows why things are the way they are. Let’s make it better for all folks…..

  30. The leftist point of view is extremely unpopular. I can see people supporting Kaepernick’s right to protest and speak freely. It is another thing altogether to defend his stance and even agree with it. It is obvious who is trying to tear this country apart. The question is, why?

  31. This Kaepernick situation reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where George is trying to get fired by the Yankees so he can get a job with the Mets. This seems intentional.

  32. Hey skinsdiehard, where is the media coverage of the black cop in Utah shooting an unarmed white teenager huh? Where is the 24/7 news coverage around the world about 2 white nuns stabbed to death in Mississippi last week? You know it would be a worldwide global story in every news channel in the world if a white guy stabbed 2 black nuns, but you have it so hard huh awwwww black privilege at its finest. No clue whatsoever. Brainwashed as it gets.

  33. The Police want action by the NFL to harshly punish a man for using the freedoms he has in the United States, but when the general public wants answers as to why officers are killing American citizens, the police forces pass the blame instead of acting and changing their training .

    A badge doesn’t put you above the law , it says to the public that you will uphold the laws, you will be the ones setting the examples for the people in your community to follow.

    American citizens and any guests to this country should not afraid that an under trained ,scared cop could kill them because that officer is not trained to handle the public. All cops should be required to have 4 years minimum of service in the United States Military. Our Military doesn’t train you to shoot to kill if you feel threatened at any moment.

  34. If Kaepernick should shut up, these idiots that support wrongful police murder 100% of the time without exception and before they know the facts should definitely shut up. They exist to protect the police that shouldn’t be police and they endanger the vast majority if police who are good with their idiotic “public relations”.

  35. So if a player wears socks that shows black people in a negative light and the offender says “no this isn’t about all black people, just the ones that rob, kill, and rape.” that’s all cool right?

  36. No mention of “black on black crime” to implicitly justify all homicide of black people by police like the San Francisco union did? Or did you just choose not to report that lime you did for the SF police union?

  37. Those of you that are foolishly holding onto the false narrative that Kaepernick is, need to do some research. Go read the study by Heather MacDonald, released earlier this year. It goes into great detail about what actually occurs, numbers-wise for police involved shootings.

    But it is likely you wont, because facts don’t matter to you.

  38. Men have been murdered by police–mostly black men.

    ****

    That is a lie. This is the kind of rhetoric that has gotten officers killed and makes moving forward impossible.

  39. Who cares what the corrupt police organizations think? Don’t mistreat the American citizens and you won’t get called out on it. And ALSO who cares what kapernick thinks? Nobody cares about his political views, only whether he can play football, and quite frankly he’s not very good at that. And that’s more reason to not care what he thinks about anything!

  40. boogerhut says:
    Sep 1, 2016 4:51 PM
    magnumpimustache says:
    Sep 1, 2016 4:20 PM
    Just 2 words for the national association of police.

    Rodney King

    3 words for you. Just Pull Over.
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    You left out, so we can beat you nearly dead. Fixed it for you. No charge.

  41. Kap supporters: Go read Roland Fryer’s study in police violence. He’s a black Harvard economist. It’ll defunct your false narrative of police brutality, but it’s facts, and facts don’t care about your feelings.

  42. Look how much crime is in our cities. Now imagine no police.
    Don’t commit crimes and you won’t get shot by police. It’s not that hard.

    No, really, it’s not that simple. For starters the police aren’t supposed to shoot people unless somebody’s life is in danger. But your point about how the only people who get shot are criminals is simply false. It’s very false. And that’s the issue.

    The police unions are acting like they need to be allowed to work without any oversight, or else they’re going to take their badges and go home. Is it so damned onerous for them to uphold the law which is what they’ve pledged to do in the first place???

    The problem is that today’s police training creates an atmosphere of paranoia. When any policeman, anywhere, gets killed, the news goes viral, it’s sent out to all the police everywhere in the country, and the message is that their job is dangerous. Yes, it’s dangerous, but it’s nowhere near as dangerous as they are trained to think.

  43. “logast says:
    Sep 1, 2016 4:58 PM
    Those of you that are foolishly holding onto the false narrative that Kaepernick is, need to do some research. Go read the study by Heather MacDonald, released earlier this year. It goes into great detail about what actually occurs, numbers-wise for police involved shootings.”

    ————-

    Yeah, everything is not the black cultures fault. Maybe acquaint yourself with Colin Flaherty’s book and videos… if we’re going to be objective, we can examine the police culture and the black culture equally- see what happens when we fight with the police from arguing to resisting arrest, this stuff escalates. That’s why I would rather cooperate.

  44. “biggredbird76 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 4:20 PM
    I love what Kaep is doing. Got these folks so mad. They hate seeing this. These folks think because he has a check he should just follow suit or go to Chicago with that stuff”

    ———-

    What you fail to recognize is that Krapernick is a paid employee, and demonstrating while using his employers brand. I don’t demonstrate or protest when I’m on the job. So, yes, he should follow suit, but he’s too dense to understand. If I were the owner, yes, I’d hate seeing a culture of winning being polluted with political stunts. You don’t seem like you’re acquainted with the professional world.

  45. Oregonraider lives in one of the whitest states in the USA and gets all his knowledge from the media. No wonder people in Oregon are so clueless and brainwashed with white guilt. The only blacks he’s probably ever seen in person play for the trailblazers

  46. biggredbird76 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 4:20 PM
    I love what Kaep is doing. Got these folks so mad. They hate seeing this. These folks think because he has a check he should just follow suit or go to Chicago with that stuff. I love it. Got these folks mad and they cannot do a thing about it.

    Paul Mooney said it best; they do not like hearing about themselves.
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    There’s plenty “they” can do and you and your neighbors will not like it.

  47. Most white people are scared of black people. They don’t know how to engage, they cannot relate to the black experience in America and they don’t know how to articulate their feelings about an uncomfortable and often taboo topic. They don’t understand racism because they’ve never been an outsider. So much of what we’ve been taught has been broadcast through the media and is so irrelevant to what living in America is really like in 2016. All change has to start on the ground floor; churches, schools, playgrounds and city halls. Murder, whether committed by a felon, cop, protester or soldier is murder. And it all must end. We are a nation of many strengths and this is our greatest weakness. It’s time to put emotions and feelings aside and be able to talk about real equality and real responsibility. Then we can achieve real respect.

  48. Like I said before, he has a right to protest. He has no right to do it on someone else’s platform. Now the NFL is affected, cops everywhere, players. This is why you don’t s…. where you eat. He could have formed his OWN group and protest under that banner.

  49. drunkraider says:

    How about black people address the fact that they kill each other in record numbers.
    ——-
    How about Conservative’s get off the jug juice and acknowledge 200 plus years of slavery and Jim Crow laws treating blacks as second class citizens takes generations to get over.

  50. How awful for all of these high ranking, highly trained, formidable police officers to have their widdle feelings hurt so. Man, if only cops spent so much energy on, you know, being good at their jobs.

  51. The NFL is an entertainment you can vote with your eyes and your dollars – simple as that –
    People can have honest disagreements about this but anyone who claims black on black crime as an excuse for the way cops treat blacks across the U.S. is racist – it’s not black n black – it’s the impoverished on the impoverished and it knows no color – happens to people of all colors
    Whatever happened to, ‘I may disagree with you but I’ll fight for your right to say it!’ ?
    I miss that country – the Green Beret fella’ who showed up to talk with Kap is exactly that kind of man and someone worth emulating –

  52. The NFL is now the HOME of Black Lives Matter. College football for me. Had enough of millionaires complaining about the society that feeds them a feast.

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