Kaepernick situation could help players realize their power

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It remains to be seen whether 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the national anthem continues to spread. Regardless of whether other players choose to support Kaepernick and his cause by not standing, all players should be considering the broader impact of Kaepernick’s gesture.

A faded NFL star who would have been traded to Denver if his $11.9 million salary wasn’t fully guaranteed, Kaepernick has become as well known as he was during the height of his playing career (if not even better known), simply by doing something few football players ever do.

The real question is whether, moving forward, Kaepernick’s case will be an aberration — or whether it will be the moment Superman first realized he can fly.

This isn’t about standing, sitting, or kneeling for the anthem. This is about understanding that players have real power, even if a Lex Luthor league never wants them to figure it out it.

So how can that power be used in ways other than not standing for the anthem? The NFL won’t tolerate blatant deviations to the uniform (although the league has yet to comment on Tom Brady’s removal of the NFL logo from his helmet in the preseason). Also, the range of on-field demonstrations is limited to celebratory acts, but with some creativity messages could be sent on a stage that extends from the moment of a big play to the highlights seen by millions across various forms of media.

Beyond the confines of a game, players have real options for making statements. What if all players skipped a voluntary OTA day in order to protest the league’s approach to player discipline? What if all players skipped all voluntary aspects of the offseason program?

It sounds extreme on the surface, but with the league constantly taking full advantage of its powers under the labor deal, why shouldn’t the players do the same thing? They have the legal right to not show up for all voluntary offseason workouts. If they all did that, the gesture would definitely get the attention of the teams and the league — and the NFL would have no choice but to ask for the offseason program to become mandatory, and to make real concessions in order to get there.

There are ways to use the platform without confrontation. What if the players decided to pick one weekday during the season when, during required media availability, they will answer questions not about football but only about social issues important to them?

There are surely other ways players can use power that had been largely if not completely untapped before Kaepernick opted to sit for the anthem. The point is that Kaepernick has proven that Superman can fly. It’s now up to all players to decide whether they want to fly, too. And then where they want to go.

107 responses to “Kaepernick situation could help players realize their power

  1. There’s a book called million dollar slaves. In reference to athletes being slaves just very well paid slaves. A lot of these athletes are just that. Very few of them understand what’s really going on. Good for Kaep.

  2. Some great ideas here, Florio. I hope players are reading and ready to stir the pot and take advantage of their rights as stated in the labor deal.

    I love the game of football, but I hate it that players are treated like powerful chunks of filet mignon for billionaires to dine on.

    With all that said, I don’t see the players opting out of voluntary stuff because there are far too many guys salivating to take their place. The players aren’t getting their fair share of the pie and they are treated like cattle at auction, but, at the same time, each of them knows they have the potential to have a few years making really big bucks. And not many guys in their right mind would jeopardize the chance to be millionaires in their twenties by skipping voluntary workouts.

    As usual, the billionaires and Herr Goodell hold the reins and are perfectly willing to ride the players right into seeing who can be the first trillionaire.

  3. All NFL players:

    Every single one of you is a role model and a superhero to somebody else. This Earth is a world of opportunity to do good where goodness was very much needed yesterday, yesterday is gone now, however today does exist, and you individually and collectively have the power to help people in need and to inspire change. I hope many of you channel your will power from within and work together to do as much good as you can. Millions of people with no platform of power of opportunity are counting on you to deliver so there lives can be better with pronounced peace and prosperity. Will you please consider any and all options to help.

    -your football family

  4. Kaepernicks career and endorsement deals are over. Great example to follow, oh well, if other players without 114 million dollar contracts want to follow his example McDonalds will still be hiring for another couple years until machines take over.

  5. Kape sucks couldn’t even beat out Gabbert who is the worse starting QB in the league. If Kaep has a smaller salary he would be out of the league.

  6. NFL players really only have power if they have guaranteed contract worth lots of money. Probably 75% or more of most NFL players don’t have big guaranteed $ deals so if they decide to get political or involved in “social” issues they’ll become a distraction and be cut or in business terms “fired.”

  7. And there are ways the owners can counter, by backing money out of their pay checks.

    Of course one other thing you left out, the fans. We can just stop going to the games as we have enough BS to contend with on the nightly news. I’m not going to M&T Bank Stadium to hear someone’s social or political point of view. I go there to watch football and enjoy the day as a whole.

    Enough is enough.

  8. I disagree. I don’t think this will end well for Kaepernick. Americans generally are very patriotic people — especially football fans. The vast majority on football teams, and in the stadium, stand for the national anthem, and most do that with pride. Yes, Kaepernick can take his stand (or lack thereof) and make his point, but at the end of the day he will have far more detractors than supporters. I think this is already evident. Add to that, the distraction he runs the risk of becoming (if that hasn’t happened already) and he walks on very thin ice. That may not be the case if he were playing at top form and was leading the 49ers to victory after victory, but that was many years ago for Kaep, and it’s a different story for him as 2nd string QB in 2016. He’s not really operating from a position of power as a 2nd string whose performance has been just so-so this season. The only way a player has “true power” is when he’s in top form. Anything short of that makes him dispensable.

  9. It could also empower white males to boycott games until all politics are removed from games and sports broadcasting…and left-wing sites like PFT also.

    Maybe make the teams have more Hispanics and Asians on them … get the women some equal right to play. Diversify … so to speak.

    I rarely watch games anymore … turn the sound off if I do. Watch the score internet sites instead – get all the games that way – no sounds that way and stats for all games are provided live, basically.

  10. This will never happen until the fans realize that the players are modern day gladiators, sacrificing their bodies and brains for our entertainment. Until then the “they get millions and should shut up” crowd will continue to reign.

  11. Kaepernick’s decision will alienate the races even further, not help the issues. I could care less what players or celebrities stand for or say, it actually has the exact opposite effect

  12. I dont see how the players are treated so badly. They are playing a game that requires discipline to be successful. And they get paid millions to do so. If they excel and manage their brand well, then they can be successfull after football, there are many examples to prove that. They at the minimum will make way more money than the average employee today. And way more opportunities than the average joe.

  13. The media made the players into darlings seemingly more interested in their brand than their team and wins. It’s a team game and they are just players, 1/53 of a team.

  14. I can’t wait for some guy to use the occasion to protest high taxes … or the NSA spying on US citizens. Then we’ll find out how the 49ers and the NFL really feel about players using their sidelines for political ends.

  15. He’ll be spending a lot of time on that bench, I think he was just getting himself ready for it

  16. If one of the effects is the end of the unremitting patriotism at sports events, cheered on primarily by white guys who never served in the military, then good.

  17. The players have the power and Florio is exactly right.

    No one pays to watch owners play, and there certianly isnt any Joe Schmo that can do what they do.

    Hell 75% of the league is a flat out joke. There are few teams worth paying to watch.

    The owners currently have the power and they will get their heads handed to them in a few years.

  18. Even Upton Sinclair would mock this article; if not be offended by it. While I firmly believe the players are entitled to every cent they earn, and are probably entitled to even a greater share of the gross revenue, they enjoy the most favorable working conditions of any unionized labor force in the world. By far.

    But that’s not enough? Walk into any industrial plant and try to get a worker to empathize with the plight of a NFL player who can’t celebrate the way he wants. I doubt you’ll be walking out.

    And, to be clear, I have no problem with what Kaepernick is doing. I categorically disagree with the manner in which he’s trying to deliver a legitimate and important message, but I respect his right to do it.

    This site apparently has become so insulated from the real world by solely covering the NFL that it has lost touch with reality. It’s objectivity, and thus credibility, continue to wane.

  19. If u play on the political world, sooner or later you will get burned. As a politician, no problem. As a member of an organization that depends on ppl buying their product, not a good thing to needlessly alienate your customer.

    The way I look at it, the 49ers support and endorse Kaps statement that we r a racist nation, and all those that serve are a tool or racist themselves.

    I won’t watch or help contribute to the enrichment of those that insult me. So no more San Fran games, regardless who they play.

    I can’t tell u how many of us he and the 49ers have insulted, I just know that it is stupid, and will destroy the NFL and players if it becomes the norm, not the aberration that this was.

    Enjoy your freedom to be a jerk, enjoy losing fans as well.

  20. They don’t have to sign a contract to play in the NFL. If they do sign the contract, there are certain policies that the NFL and the union agree to. I’m betting one additional policy is that the players need to do their social and political stuff away from the work place as do 99.9% of us working folks.

  21. All the players have to do is strike and the owners will watch their billion dollar valuation evaporate when the players say go pound salt and find new billionaires to have a player friendly league.

    The players make the game great not the owners. All the owners do like typical corporate America is screw things up that dont need fixing to justify their paychecks

  22. I suspect that Kaepernick’s situation will mirror that of Michael Sam, namely something that burned hot for awhile and then didn’t mean much. If either were a better player, it might have been different.

    When Florio talks repeatedly about how players “can fly like Superman,” he’s clearly endorsing their social activism. But if a player sat down for the National Anthem because, say, he was opposed to same-sex marriage, would Florio find the cause to be so heroic? If the door is now open to activism, it needs to allow for players of all persuasions to protest as they choose, not just for social justice causes.

  23. There’s a book called million dollar slaves. In reference to athletes being slaves just very well paid slaves. A lot of these athletes are just that. Very few of them understand what’s really going on. Good for Kaep.
    —–

    Keep slurping up this liberal garbage. If thats how you feel, what about the average Joe in America who is a “$40,000 slave”. You dont HAVE to work in the NFL or anywhere if you don’t want to. They employ you under thei terms. You can choose to accept it, work somewhere else, start your own business and make your own rules, or just be a bum on the street. The CHOICE is yours. This is so stupid what 50% of our country belives.

  24. The funny part is that he is trying to be “socially conscious” while playing for a team that celebrates a bunch of white guys that ripped up mountainsides and poisoned thousands of Native Americans to get at the gold they were living above. Classic half smart social engineering by the same geniuses that love the poor so much they’ve given us way more of them.

  25. I’m feeling it. So I think this can expand even further. Let’s say that every policeman in the entire country decides to make a statement about police lives matter so they all decide as a protest to not work for an entire 24 hour time period on a Sunday. I mean nobody. They could call it “anarchy day” because they have power and want to make a statement. Feeling it?

  26. I watch NFL for entertainment and to forget politics…media egging this behavior on not only in the NFL, but it in music and TV/movies, is getting irritating and causing more of a divide. It’s not raising any kind of awareness cause everyone u look these issues are being discussed

  27. There is one problem with this assessment: Kaepernick’s cause is fatally flawed. There is no epidemic of brutality by white police officers against black Americans. A couple of incidents do not qualify as a systemic problem. Now if Kaepernick wanted to take up the cause of inner city blacks in Chicago who are being murdered on a weekly basis by black gang members, his cause would have legitimacy.

    Kaepernick is a fool who does not realize the degree to which he is further damaging the cause he claims to be championing.

  28. It could also empower white males to boycott games until all politics are removed from games and sports broadcasting…and left-wing sites like PFT also.

    Maybe make the teams have more Hispanics and Asians on them … get the women some equal right to play. Diversify … so to speak.

    I rarely watch games anymore … turn the sound off if I do. Watch the score internet sites instead – get all the games that way – no sounds that way and stats for all games are provided live, basically.

    You rarely watch games anymore, but will comment on a football website…..lol. I don’t think the NFL are too concerned about “fans” like you. You’re replaced every year by a new fantasy football fan. Owners already have the money in the bank for the TV contracts. They only care about season ticket holders and fans that actually attend games. How to you feel you have any clout when all you do is login to watch games?

  29. I remember a lot of morons criticizing him for what he did. How do you feel now that most veterans are behind him? How do you feel that he donated 1 mil of his salary? When was the last time you gave up a portion of your salary to anything other than cheap beer and strippers? How do you feel that the anthem was proven to have a racist hidden 3rd verse? The ironic thing is I can bet their will be a new anthem in the next 2-5 years. Why would anyone sing an anthem that wants to send slaves to their graves?

  30. I’d be happy to see professional athletes using their fame and money for social and political causes off the field. It is their right and, when one has as much money as some of these men, it is perhaps their social obligation.

    But I loathe the day when we watch the start of every game with one guy sitting in protest of racial oppression, another guy kneeling in protest of legal abortion, another guy raising his fist in protest of drone strikes, and on and on. Once you bring politics onto the sideline, you let the genie out of the bottle.

    Let’s keep sports entertainment and escapism. The athletes are free to use their fame and money to pursue political and social causes as citizens in their off-field lives.

  31. I actually thought of a better one than anarchy day that may apply to this particular protest (relevancy, I know).

    Let’s say every athlete for the USA in the Olympics for the USA decide to sit on the podium rather than stand during the national anthem (and all other athlete’s in attendance took a knee. THAT would bring attention to something whatever their cause. I mean what would be done? Send the USA delegation home? Or better yet, just do it on the last day, say when the US whens the Gold in Basketball. Or maybe when they march out for the final ceremony, they decide to sit and put the flag on the ground.

    We can think of all kinds of ways to make statements.

  32. “Players have real power.”

    Wrong

    They are entertainers and entertainers only and they have as much power as we give them. This is the kind of issue that Florio loves and will squeeze until the melon is dry as the desert, but, folks – the NFL doesn’t give a whit about anything but money. It’s the fans who made the NFL what it is today by going to games starting back in the 20s. There are some teams like Chicago who have ticket holders that go back 5 generations, and a lot of them are being squeezed out because they can no longer afford tickets.

    How many people out there really believe that someone like Jerry Jones gives a rat’s patootie about the common fan who budgets and saves up for the one day a year he can afford to go to a game in Arlington? This is not about honor, this is not about power, this is about ego, but most important – this is about MONEY – yours.

    There is a name that is given to people like kaepernick who wears socks that depict policemen as pigs – punk.

  33. I’d be willing to take what these guys are paid and keep my mouth shut. If I decide to do something my company finds to be disrespectful or offensive to anybody while representing the company I work for I’d be fired just the same as millions of other people would be. And millions of people like myself are expected to act a certain way while making much less than these players make. So if NFL players making millions are slaves for being expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner then what am I and everybody else like me?

  34. When the game becomes a political pawn it will turn the fans off and the attendance, tv audience, and everything related to the game will diminish.

    If Kaepernick wants to make a change he should run for office, become a policeman, write commentary for the news paper (not the sports section, keep politics out of it), or find another venue.

  35. Sorry but the cops who murder innocents and run behind the good cops and their blue wall are worse than pigs. Pigs don’t murder. All the good cops God bless you, the dirty cops please turn in your badge and find the nearest prison to go to thnx.

  36. Please, give me a break. These guys get paid millions to hit each other and throw a ball around. Their social views mean absolutely nothing.

    Just like those in Hollywood being paid millions to play dress-up and pretend, wealth and fame doesn’t mean that you have a “clue.”

  37. cardinealsfan20 says:
    Sep 4, 2016 10:58 AM
    This will never happen until the fans realize that the players are modern day gladiators, sacrificing their bodies and brains for our entertainment. Until then the “they get millions and should shut up” crowd will continue to reign.

    —————————————

    Who is forcing these guys to play football?

  38. My friend, who is very supportive of Kap in a he’s “stickin’ it to the MAN!” kind of way, suddenly became very pensive when I asked if he’d tolerate one of the employees at his (locally prominent) pub using his/her high-visibility position at the pub to make some sort of divisive political statement on an ongoing basis.

    Point being, these are employees of companies with carefully crafted and hugely-valued brands. The teams and league will not tolerate corruption of the brands for political purposes, nor should they. Nor should WE expect them to; it reeks on the face of it.

    I support Kap’s message by the way.

  39. I have an idea about this topic, before anyone post you should say your nationality/ race and if you ever had family or worked in law enforcement yourself. I’m sending bias.

  40. Stop it w the slave talk. Guess who else are slaves? Anyone working for a corporation. Almost all of us are expendable and it’s color blind. Only difference here is these players make millions a year, and we make enough to cover our bills.

  41. Power for what? To politicize the NFL like pretty much everything else? Whitlock said the other day we fans are going to have to get used to this. Uh, no. They are going to have to get used to us deciding that we don’t want liberal politics in our faces while we are watching game. And it will be liberal politics because guys like Tebow will get treated like, well, Tebow and no one will publicize Ben Watson’s views.

  42. “What if all players skipped a voluntary OTA day in order to protest the league’s approach to player discipline?”

    The percentage of players who do not run afoul of the rules laid out in the CBA is somewhere in the high 90s. Why is it in their interest to protest a set of rules that they have managed to conform to? Because a teammate got caught? So you’re telling me that changes to the rules should be made because of the bad apples getting caught? So you’re telling me that the NFL players should adopt their own version of the same “blue shield” that Kapernick is protesting?

  43. Both of his parents are white. Now, all of a sudden he’s sporting a black panther afro and an activist. LOL… just play dude.

  44. Let me get this correct; I am going to disrespect the men and woman of our military who have served and died for my freedom in order to protest police brutality?!?! This makes so much sense.

  45. Idiots like this just fan the racial fires even more. More race baiting by a disgruntled player who’s skills are diminishing. Typical to blame others and not take responsibility for your own play.

  46. The players can do whatever they want and it won’t make a bit of difference. If all these guys don’t want to accept millions of dollars to stay in line, there’s a new crop willing to take $50k and be very, very willing to do what the boss says. Just like you and I.

  47. Let me get this correct; I am going to disrespect the men and woman of our military who have served and died for my freedom in order to protest police brutality?!?! This makes so much sense.

    He is a black athlete… stupid and selfish

  48. @bastardfromhell

    He never disrespected military. He disrespected you bc he is black and white and he spoke out. Your mad he didn’t stay in his lane.

    @defscottyb

    So if someone doesn’t come from a particular background they should not complain about anything that doesn’t affect? 80 years ago you would have made an amazing minister of propaganda for Nazi Getmany. Sorry you missed your calling.

    @Bcetour
    Why should slavery talk stop? The prison industrial complex is our modern day version of slavery. Foolish drug laws are set up to lock the poor in prison. Remember how many times Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton got out of jail and they were always coked out? Remember when the CIA was proven to have brought drugs into poor communities so they can catch them selling it, send them to jail for 40 years? Remember All those black guys (too many to mention) were killed on the spot for minor crimes (if you can call them crimes) Now remember Dillion Roof who killed several black members of a church. He was caught and taken to Micky dees. Remember the rapist Brock turner? He is already out. Do we think if he was Andre Turner he would still be free??? Give me a break

  49. @bastardfromhell

    He never disrespected military. He disrespected you bc he is black and white and he spoke out. Your mad he didn’t stay in his lane.

    @defscottyb

    So if someone doesn’t come from a particular background they should not complain about anything that doesn’t affect? 80 years ago you would have made an amazing minister of propaganda for Nazi Germany. Sorry you missed your calling.

    @Bcetour
    Why should slavery talk stop? The prison industrial complex is our modern day version of slavery. Foolish drug laws are set up to lock the poor in prison. Remember how many times Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton got out of jail and they were always coked out? Remember when the CIA was proven to have brought drugs into poor communities so they can catch them selling it, send them to jail for 40 years? Remember All those black guys (too many to mention) were killed on the spot for minor crimes (if you can call them crimes) Now remember Dillion Roof who killed several black members of a church. He was caught and taken to Micky dees. Remember the rapist Brock turner? He is already out. Do we think if he was Andre Turner he would still be free??? Give me a break

  50. The owners always act as if the players are leading such a privileged life only because they have bestowed it on them. The players need to realize that those owners only exist because of them.

  51. h0metownzero says:

    You have a lot of angry people here that basically want Cassius Clay to stay Cassius Clay.
    ================================

    He’s dead, bud.

  52. And why is the MSM ignoring Kaepernick’s open support of the Black Panther Party, an anti-American marxist hate group? Would you ignore a player who openly supported the KKK?

  53. Part of the problem with Kaepernick’s stance is that a lot of the examples of police brutality involve some shady incidents with much detail missing. You DONT claim police brutality when your victim:

    –Held up a convenience store, threatened the owner, store cigarillos, and assaulted the police officer who dared to ask him about it (Michael Brown)
    –Sold illegal cigarettes and was arrested multiple times before, warned not to do it again, only to succumb to a heart attack because he was 200+ lbs overweight and resisted arrest (Eric Gardner).
    –Got into a fight with a non-Law Enforcement Officer, exchanged blows, and tragically lost his life in what was a street fight (Trayvon Martin)
    –Walked through a park with a toy gun, pointing it all around and was called in by multiple witnesses, in a clear lack of common sense (Tamir Rice)
    –Saw police officers and allegedly having committed no crime, still fled on foot and resisted arrest (Freddie Grey)
    –Had a history of being pulled over the police and even was carrying a gun on him at the time of his shooting and all we see is the aftermath of the shooting in Worldstar Hip Hop, knowing absolutely nothing about what lead up to it (Philando Castile)

    I could go on, but there is much more to these instances than meets the eye. Sure, some people of color are victims unfortunately.
    More likely, they are victims in inner cities of many NFL cities than they are in police precincts or of police brutality.

    Civil Rights was effective because America came to see and understand that minorities were truly treated as second-class citizens. When someone breaks the law, resists arrest, or behaves like a juvenile delinquent, there is no “systemic issue,” but rather an over abounding lack of common sense, self-control and respect.

    THAT is what Colin Kaepernick’s needs to stand up against.

  54. They don’t really have any true power but since you believe they do why not advocate an issue that matters. Police brutality is despicable but the media exaggerate the incidents and the stupid people or perpetual victims latch on to the idea despite the facts. BLM was founded on the false “hands up don’t shoot” mantra. Take away all the incidents where police are falsely accused of impropriety, remove the incidents where the supposed victims fail to comply, actively fight the police or endanger others around them and you are left with a handful of actual violations. That is what Kaepernick has chosen to fight even though his beliefs are influenced by a false narrative he refuses to scrutinize. He chooses that fabricated problem rather than the much bigger issue of fatherless households, gang violence, and the embracing of a subculture that promotes violence and illegal activity. That subculture has resulted in thousands of deaths of young black men and children in Chicago just this year. If you think the players have power, go after that or admit that too many NFL players promote that lifestyle. Cops do a difficult job and disrespecting the flag disrespects’ those that afforded these clowns the opportunity to preach their stupidity under the blanket of freedom of speech.

  55. Actually the Black Panther party was more about protecting the black people the police refused to protect. Of course there are some rogue members like rogue cops who did not follow this. But they are as much a “hate” group as the police Dept.

  56. doomsdaydefensetx says:
    Sep 4, 2016 10:43 AM

    There’s a book called million dollar slaves. In reference to athletes being slaves just very well paid slaves. A lot of these athletes are just that. Very few of them understand what’s really going on. Good for Kaep.
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    Who wrote that book?…….Adrian Peterson?

  57. It can also very well and very quickly turn into “fans have power” too. $10 and more to park, $9 beers, $6 hamburgers, unaffordable tickets with no end of fees tacked on, etc. All of which can be avoided by simply staying home avoiding traffic, and watching on the tube. The t.v. replays everything 4 times ad nauseam but the play becomes understood and appreicated that way, too.

    I applaud the local police who are considering boycotting games they provide security for. CK has the right to protest. It would help his cause if he did it the right way. Kind of like BLM: no focus on the real issue, just blatant mindless protest and hope the knuckleheaded media, starved for any kind of a story, come rushing with their spotlights.

    You wear derogatory clothing against police officers, you accept their animosity. If it means they don’t work SF games, so be it.

  58. @teddy2tready

    What? Civil rights was passed because the US govt assassinated MLK (look it up) and there was riots all throughout America. The govt had no choice but to throw blacks a bone. Not before setting them up with Rockefeller drug laws that made cocaine a few years and crack 30 plus years. No you mention all those people killed by cops and you tried to make it ok with little descriptions. Most cops didn’t even finish high school let alone just about none finishing college. Why should these trigger happy idiots be our judge jury and excecutioner? Sit down ( in the back) your privilege is showing

  59. “Sorry but the cops who murder innocents and run behind the good cops and their blue wall are worse than pigs. Pigs don’t murder. All the good cops God bless you, the dirty cops please turn in your badge and find the nearest prison to go to thnx.”

    ok, so how do you propose we find who is dirty and who is good? Why aren’t the cops firing the dirty ones? Is it an institutional problem of incompetence or is it so high up that it may be the top is getting crooked money to get these dirty ones on?

    Perhaps it’s a union problem because they won’t allow even bad cops to get fired without some justified reason. Brotherhood within the cop community? Meaning they don’t talk even if they don’t agree and think their crooked?

    I too would like to weed out the bad apples, I’m just not sure exactly “who” the bad apples are.

    Kap said it’s a training problem. So is it just that more training needs to occur? I mean even in the NFL, all the athletes get equal training but still some are better than others especially in quick decision making. Will another 3 months of training make a difference in ability or weeding out the bad cops?

    Maybe qualifications to become a cop are too low? That might be because maybe the pay is way too low to justify anybody smart enough to realize the risk/reward isn’t worth it? So we mostly get dumb ones to apply and the real dumb ones are the ones who shouldn’t be cops? So perhaps we need a Coperlic test and if you don’t score at least 16, you don’t qualify?

    I am really curious how a determination should be made of good and bad. So let’s protest by sitting to say equal rights, but now I’m really confused. Who’s equal rights? Who should be making decisions? Who are we really protesting against? Is it the government for not intervening and making sure that we rid ourselves of these dirty cops and keep the good ones when frankly, I’m not sure who in their right mind would want to go in a neighborhood with extreme violence risking your life on a moments notice yet having to work 2nd and 3rd jobs just to make ends meet. And maybe that is our answer? “Right Mind”?

    I will say if I see a cop on duty sitting at a donut shop, they should fire him.

  60. Power to the People!

    What was I thinking? I forgot, we hate each other!

    Keep Hate Alive!

    The .001% love dumb people. Easy money.

  61. I stopped watching the NBA because the players stopped caring about the game and thought themselves bigger than life.
    I watch a sport to watch a sport, not to idolize and listen to political garbage.
    I wish players would get back to playing the game and let me enjoy watching the sport rather than listen to their uneducated banter.
    I just want to watch football. 9ers used to be my team. I have now eliminated them from the games I will watch and will let the stations and organization know this. This political garbage has got to stop.
    Please just get back to Football. It is my break from all the crap that is going on.

  62. He has every right to do what he is doing, but he only has that very public platform because the owner is allowing him to use his job to have that platform. Cut the man, and let him do it on a street corner. You know how many kids would love to play football and make a buck and keep this crap off the field. Try doing something this disruptive in your workplace and see how long you last.

  63. So someone said that athletes are just very well paid slaves….lmao. What’s funnier is that these did use to be all white sports right?.. To quote from a very well known episode of South Park …”They took our jobs!!!”

  64. h0metownzero says:
    Sep 4, 2016 11:04 AM
    You have a lot of angry people here that basically want Cassius Clay to stay Cassius Clay.

    How dare Kaep challenge the status quo.
    ———————————————————–

    Is Kap a Muslim now?

  65. @ttmstock

    Now the right questions are being asked. I honestly think it is a union problem. I think the police union should be done away with or severely weakened

  66. @Ttmstock

    Also all the states use the police force a a stream of revenue. Pull over people and give them tickets, here’s a gun go write tickets. Did you know if your too smart for the police they will not accept you? You can get too high of a score on their enterence exams. They don’t want people who can think, they want people who can follow order. The police Dept must be cleaned from top to bottom.

  67. Kaep has aligned himself with un-American & racist groups and demonstrated his hatred of America by disrespecting our flag.

    The sooner he and others like him leaves the stage, the better for America.

  68. There you have it folks, if you want to invite change, work on a career in professional athletics. Screw the law degrees, heck, you don’t even need to finish college! Coin new dance moves like “Dabbing” and steer the American ship! What will the political parties be? Wife Beaters and Drug Addicts as the primaries, maybe Jamarcus will form his independent party and his slogan against the other two will be “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid, Vote Jamarcus 2020!”

    I really cannot believe I wasted my time reading this, and the supportive comments. This is “Exhibit A” of why our country is in the crapper. Don’t back trump, but jump right on the Colon train, ’cause there’s differences, like reasons, and such.

  69. This can go the other direction as well-meaning, the fans can show their “power” and boycott games due to the high prices of the events themselves, or by staying home because they don’t want their football team members to become social justice warriors.

    NFL players are not the sharpest tools in the toolbox, the have difficulty with communicating basic principles/beliefs with REAL facts to support their cause.

    It can go the opposite way for the police as well-Kaepernick broadbrushed the ENTIRE police community with his words. The police can and probably should, boycott securing games until there is an apology from Kaepernick, or AT LEAST, better communication to more clearly describe the true “oppression” Kaepernick speak of.

    No, we don’t need NFL social justice warriors. Not all they want is necessarily true what is going in society.

    Maybe all the athletes should lock arms and sign a pact that they will play a positive part in the lives of their community-being examples of men that when they have kids, they become a good dad and role model. That they fortify their family with strength and values, so children don’t grow up within a gang without any guidance! They grow up respecting the law, staying out of trouble.

    To me, that would be noble, instead of placing the troubles of young black men on the footsteps of cops.

  70. It’s a society problem. Too many people these days black and white have no regard for the value of human life much less the law and our police officers are asked to uphold the law in areas where the residents have no problem killing each other let alone a cop. And somehow cops are suppose to know if the person attacking them is trying to get their gun or not or if the guy pointing a gun at them is actually going to use it or not and to top it off at this point in America the anti-police sentiment only serves to make police more nervous and perhaps quicker to shoot for fear of being shot. And the decision to shoot all of a sudden gets the cop labeled as a “bad cop” and a “racist”. We as a society black and white are expecting too much from our police officers while at the same time expecting less from ourselves. If people these days are more satisfied with a cop being shot/killed and a suspect on the loose than with an apprehended/shot/killed suspect and a cop going home to their family then I’d say it’s a society problem.

  71. Who knew that a bad quarterback would be starting an anarchy movement?
    So, he’s got that going for him. Which is nice.

  72. Turning football into a soap opera sucks. I’m second guessing getting the package if I have to listen (or read) this garbage every time I watch a game or look for an update.

  73. And I’m sorry to inform you of this illmatic8582 but since you’re on the topic of police testing you should tell the whole story and mention that many police departments were forced to make tests easier following complaints from minorities including African-American that the testing was too hard and therefore discriminatory.

  74. The fans hold the ultimate power. A vast majority of fans do not agree with Kaepernick and others method of protest. Thinking the players have some sort of power is ridiculous, especially when fans the country over find the protest absurd and offensive. Lose the fans and it is all over. Ask NASCAR how it works out when fans turn their backs on the product.

  75. @illmatic8582

    You say Civil Rights was passed because the Govt shot MLK?

    And that most police didn’t finish high school?

    Well, seeing as how Civil Rights passed in 1964 and MLK was assassinated in 1968, I am not sure how you arrived at that, but go on with your bad self.

    Secondly, not only are most police officers at a minimum Community College attenders, but most have degrees in Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice and a recent percentage served in our nation’s Armed Forces. Again, you are free to your own opinions but not your own facts.

    Bottom Line: many people of color distrust law enforcement, and many white people distrust the media’s reporting of these incidents. There is room for error in both.

  76. Tell me more about how the NFL is becoming the next Real Housewives show.

    FOOTBALL, stick to the script.

  77. Superman could fly, but Pooperman can only sit or kneel. I fail to see what kind of point if made, or how it improved race relations in any way. It made them worse, with 2/3 of the public having all their prejudices about black males affirmed, and the other 1/3 having their prejudices about those prejudiced towards black males affirmed. Not to mention the attitudes, pro and con, towards the police.

    Kaepernick going retro 60s theatrical, essentially knocked progress back to that level. He obviously draws his image and identity from social media and whatever seems trendy at the moment. If he was playing ahead of a white player who earned 10 times what he did, then maybe he has a case to bitch. But as it is he’s earning 10 to 20 times what Gabbert and Ponder are, and not as competent as them.

  78. There are many NFL fans that don’t like black people, but will root for their NFL team of choice full of predominantly black players and will live vicariously through them, with hopes that their team wins the Super Bowl.

    Nobody is actually talking about why Kaep decided to protest, but instead focus on him not standing up and how it’s offending veterans. Yes, black on black crime is a MAJOR issue, just as the police issue is an issue, which both are a root of systemic…

  79. @teddy2tready

    Sarcasm aside thank you for presenting facts to shut my argument down. I’m on my phone at work and not fact checking as much as I should, thank you for being civil

  80. 900 players have been cut in the past few weeks.
    900 players are ready to replace the self-important social warriors at any given moment.
    Good luck persuading those that prioritize pay checks. (refer to last CBA cave-in to understand who will always have hand)

  81. If there was a work stoppage and the owners turned to walk on players to fill their rosters I would still gladly support the product. What a fantastic fantasy season that would be.

  82. @illmatic I had heard that before when complaints of our law enforcement intelligence arose and didn’t want to personally throw it out there as I had not yet personally checked it. I Googled it just to be safe and all I can really do is tell you to do the same as I don’t remember the site. Like you I’m not currently in a position to do more fact checking beyond that so if I’m wrong please don’t hesitate to tell me so. And I’m not singling out African Americans as being the only ones to say it just that African Americans were included in what I read. Thank you for also for being civil in this discussion as that’s the only way to really understand each other’s viewpoints.

  83. This whole Kaepernick thing is a tempest in a teapot.
    It’s not going to amount to a single thing.
    And, as to his claim that he’ll spend a million bucks helping needy people?
    Who’s going to verify that. In fact, I now proclaim that I too will spend a bazillion dollars helping disadvantaged welfare recipients. It will go toward lotto tickets. And flat screen TVs. And Dodge 300s with giant, stupid looking rims.
    There. I’m just like Kaepernick.

  84. If a sport becomes a political stage instead of entertainment I, along with many others will check out. Who wants to pay money to watch millionaires protest.

  85. Wow, a SJW calls for more social justice warring. Shocking.

    Superman indeed. That’s just what we need: more half-educated idiots spouting off every time they get upset. Most of them can’t do their own jobs that well, let alone lecture us on how to fix the world. And that includes certain bloggers.

  86. The fact is, with a lot of “disadvantaged” people (not all), the only help they’re looking for is a sack full of cash. You can’t help them get jobs. They don’t want a job. You can’t help them with education. That might mean they’d have to work.
    All they want is a sack full of cash. And if you give them that, they’ll be back on welfare in less than a year. You can’t help them. They won’t help themselves. They want a free ride.
    Facts.

  87. Sorry Mike…
    I want my sports to be an escape and entertaining. I don’t want to know what CK or Michael Jordon or Steph Curry or Mike Trout think about ANY SOCIAL/political issue.

    Play the game you are paid very well to play.

  88. Ya but atleast learn your facts first. This dude is so off the mark it’s crazy. Especially considering he also follows a religion that started the African slave trade. This dude is better off keeping his mouth shut.

  89. This whole Kaepernick thing is a tempest in a teapot.
    It’s not going to amount to a single thing.
    And, as to his claim that he’ll spend a million bucks helping needy people?
    Who’s going to verify that. In fact, I now proclaim that I too will spend a bazillion dollars helping disadvantaged welfare recipients. It will go toward lotto tickets. And flat screen TVs. And Dodge 300s with giant, stupid looking rims.
    There. I’m just like Kaepernick.

    —————–
    Yup, verify his DONATION….believe e it when I see it. He’s a 28 year old who wears cartoons on his socks (really?) I think the media is giving him (and his actions) too much credit. Just dumb move by a dumb individual….

  90. MF a lot of times seems like a union leader not a reporter. I got an idea what if every player does whatever they want to so and protest let’s say to US policy abroad., It wouldn’t be long before we would have guy sitting , kneeling standing on their hands wearing shirts, not wearing shirts, wanting to wear what they sponsor , Do you really want that. NO! You can’t have an organization deciding what you can or can not protest. What if for example you approve blacks protesting but you don’t allow Dallas show support for cops being shot. Why can’t anyone protests cops being gunned down. I tell you why it isn’t politically correct. There in lies the problem. The media will determine what it pro testable, not anyone else.

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