Colin Kaepernick lands on the cover of TIME

He’s still a backup quarterback, but Colin Kaepernick’s impact has been felt far before football.

Kaepernick, whose decision to not stand for the national anthem sparked a movement throughout the NFL that spread to other sports, appears on the cover of this week’s TIME magazine.

Criticism of Kaepernick’s gesture largely  faded once he explained the reason for his decision not to stand, with a compelling (and accurate) observation regarding police training requirements vs. licensing guidelines for cosmetologists.

That’s ultimately the question that needs to be debated, discussed, and resolved: Should police officers be held to a higher standard of training and experience before gaining the ability to use deadly force?

It’s not “anti-police” to ask that question. For veteran officers who may be paired with a young, inexperienced, and ultimately unqualified officer, it’s definitely pro-police to insist on more.

The vast majority of police officers act responsibly in all circumstances. It’s the handful that are either corrupt or inept who are causing 100 percent of the problems. There’s nothing wrong with demanding better from the people on the front lines of law enforcement. Kudos to players like Kaepernick and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman for using their platform to force this issue to be addressed.

128 responses to “Colin Kaepernick lands on the cover of TIME

  1. I quit reading “Time” magazine years ago.

    There is no reason to waste my money on the rubbish which this magazine publishes.

  2. Looks like Kap got a haircut. Given recent events its probably good he got people talking about the issue again…

  3. These players just don’t get it. Revenue goes down from viewership going down and then guess what else goes down?

    The next CBA.

    It’s like saying “I don’t care if the boat I’m in sinks because it’s not my boat.”

    Morons.

  4. America has never ever before been stronger.

    Every issue and problem that people are concerned about has been activated into a national debate and conversation. What a blessed opportunity we have to address all that matters. We are so lucky to have this chance.

    #AllThatMatters

  5. Mike,
    Your comments are well thought out, and I’m in agreement. But the athletes need to understand that if they want to become Social Activists then everything they say OR NOT SAY is part of the conversation. So, as a citizen, it’s difficult when there is a bombing, and a day later police are in a shootout with the terrorist while apprehending him, and athletes feel that is not worth even a tweet.
    But the moment a video is released they find time to pass judgement with inflammatory rhetoric without any facts or context. Thereby putting those same officers that I just watched get into a gunfight with a terrorist, in danger.
    It makes it very difficult to take their words at face value, and instead I must consider that most of their words/actions are just meant to inflame, with no positive endgame.

  6. How exactly is this issue being addressed? No one is talking about social injustice or better police training. What we are talking about is idiots disrespecting the anthem and the flag and the media covering it like they are heroes for doing what amounts to nothing but drawing attention to themselves. Do yourself a favor and watch the first episode of South Park this season and realize how ridiculous all of this is.

  7. Looking forward to reading the treasure trove of knowledge that will certainly be in this comment section.

  8. “Perilous” seems like an odd word choice for that cover headline. What has he sacrificed? He’s getting paid millions of dollars to kneel once a week, and that money isn’t going away. The guy hasn’t sacrificed anything. He was one step away from being out of football before this, so there’s little risk involved for him.

    I’m all for society paying more attention to – and actively addressing – the issues he’s bringing up. But all I see so far are a lot of players doing something easy and symbolic, and no change happening as a result.

  9. The NFL needs to operate on the same standards as every other job – if I talk politics at my job, I’d get punished for it. And it’s worked that way at damn near every other place of employment I’ve known.

    Tim Tebow was blackballed for less than this. The only difference is that Tebow didn’t have a great coach in Jim Harbaugh and a Super Bowl caliber team to carry him into a fat contract.

    The NFL and society as a whole will be better when Kaepernick falls into the irrelevance that awaits him.

  10. Time magazine has been on the decline for years, and this is simply a marketing ploy to get more of their rags sold to the demographic group who is sympathetic to this hypocrisy. The fact is that this toxic rich angry young man: Kaepernick has stabbed the NFL in the back, which ironically, is one of the few American institutions where race interaction, and relations are positive. I wonder if Time mentioned the fact that tens of thousands of NFL fans have abandoned it, and are now former fans because of this travesty. Time magazine is simply bottom feeding as usual.

  11. I have no problem with CK’s opinion. I don’t think it should be done in the workplace, wearing the uniform of your employer, at a sporting event supported by fans.

  12. I have an idea…how about PEOPLE (black, white or green) stay out of trouble and if you happen to find yourself face to face with a police officer and he or she asks you to do ANYTHING you do it! “Yes sir, no sir”…be respectful! There’s little to no respect in this country anymore.
    Obviously I don’t believe anybody should lose their life to anyone (cops or civilians) but have you ever noticed that these young black men that have lost their lives have a rap sheet as long as their arm? Again I’m not saying they should be shot and killed but they should make better choices in life cause if you don’t the choices will make you!

  13. He can frame it as it is the last time he will be a headline other then the day he is cut in San Fran

  14. You focus on a very important part of the issue while ignoring other important parts. But what you wrote cannot be disputed by any reasonable person.

  15. I know 2 places where he won’t wind up. He won’t wind up in Disney World after winning the super bowl and he won’t wind up in Canton.

    He has instead chosen to concentrate his ambitions, not on football, but rather his counterproductive protest. It’s sad to see grown men act like little children.

  16. “It’s the handful that are either corrupt or inept who are causing 100 percent of the problems. There’s nothing wrong with demanding better from the people on the front lines of law enforcement. ”

    I agree with your second statement, but not the first one. I think far more than half of the problems are caused by the people getting shot at and the environment/fear that has been created by this administration. Congrats to them – it’s all going exactly as planned.

  17. Kaepernick got paid well by George Soros to pull this stunt.. The same George Soros that spent millions on Ferguson Riots.. He actually paid people from other states to go to Ferguson..

    This is Manufactured racism, just like the fake Minnesota shooting, Trayvon Martin (never existed!), Mike Brown, etc….

    These events are not real! Divide and conquer…

  18. LOL, Florio, the comparison of cosmetology may be accurate in SOME states, not in all. Broad brush painting does NOT become you.

    TIME. Didn’t know it was still printing. Junk mail. The FACTS are that the SF backup QB made an accusation that police are murdering black americans and going out on paid leave after that.

    I submit that although there are bad cops and bad shootings, it is not an everyday event. And that not every shooting is murder. The vast majority are justifiable, but for some reason the liberal left has a hard time with the truth. Not surprising, given media spin.

    Bad shootings and bad cops need to be rooted out, prosecuted and sent to prison. But like Florio, those “protesting” are painting the police with a broad brush….and it just isn’t true.

  19. The police training time requirement comparison to hair training time requirement is not accurate.

    The cadet training is shorter than a cosmologist is required. BUT then the cadet has to go on at least six months of on-the-job training with another experienced officer.

    Then the officer is on another probation period where he is monitored closely.

    So you and Colin are wrong

    But keep pushing your agenda

  20. Length of the program is only a small factor of what’s inclusive in the training, and the requirements for the training, and the qualifications to actually be hired for the job you trained to get.

    I had 8 months of training with my company before they let me take my state licensing exams and hit the field when i started out as a property insurance adjuster. I watched 3 family members go through 6 month police academies, and I can tell you the stress level, academics, physical training, and overall requirements were 10x what I did, but since my training period was longer, I must have more training that a cop does?

    So Colin, The NFL only allows 1 full contact practice per week during the regular season, when I played football we had full contact practice every time. So was I better trained in football when I played then you are now?

  21. Liberals won’t stop until they’ve destroyed every American tradition, everything about non-liberal cultures, any resemblance of religion, humbleness and integrity left. Congrats to both you and Colin for furthering the movement away from what is good about life.

  22. nhpats says:
    Sep 22, 2016 12:01 PM

    Remember when people were claiming that Kaep was better than Russell Wilson?

    Tough not to like Russ……tough to like Kaep….

    agreed except its impossible to like Kaep because this is nothing more than a self serving role so the world does not forget him. He is not doing anything creative or original. In fact, why arent Lebron, Wade, Paul and Anthony in the cover, as they were the ones who called out athletes to battle racism.

    Kap is not looking to end racism, he is race baiting and nothing more. it is possible to be pro black without being anti white but kap is doing both.

  23. patriotnation87 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 12:01 PM
    I have an idea…how about PEOPLE (black, white or green) stay out of trouble and if you happen to find yourself face to face with a police officer and he or she asks you to do ANYTHING you do it! “Yes sir, no sir”…be respectful! There’s little to no respect in this country anymore.
    Obviously I don’t believe anybody should lose their life to anyone (cops or civilians) but have you ever noticed that these young black men that have lost their lives have a rap sheet as long as their arm? Again I’m not saying they should be shot and killed but they should make better choices in life cause if you don’t the choices will make you!

    ——-

    This ^^

    Granted, I am talking about some of the really bad looking ones where it certainly looks like people did nothing wrong. And I am not saying that the people who WERE doing something wrong should always have been shot.

    But, no one seems to want to discuss, or even accept that the deceased bear ANY shread of responsibility for putting themselves in a position like that with the police.

    Again, I am not m making a blanket statement because it does appear that excessive force has been used in some cases, (but in some cases the shootings were justified regardless if people want to admit it or not) but with that said, if you don’t put yourself in a position where you are having negative interaction with a cop, I can pretty much guarantee you that you won’t get shot.

  24. When I canceled my (free) subscription to Time magazine it was about 15 pages long with 10 of those pages being ads and the other 5 very obviously biased talking points.

    The assumption you make here is an attempt to give legitimacy to this issue which sounds good on the surface only if you don’t look at the facts.
    Sure we all want cops to be better trained, show more reluctance and not be examples of police brutality.

    There are legitimate cases of police brutality that need to be addressed, such as the militarization of police forces as well as the federal government making a push to federalize the police force more and more.
    However the issue that this fellow and others like him bring up actually do more harm than good by lumping in legitimate police shootings with those that are illegal.

    Everything doesn’t have to be binary, there can be good police shootings and bad ones, to lump them all together is to cloud the issue and delegitimize the argument.

  25. But the athletes need to understand that if they want to become Social Activists then everything they say OR NOT SAY is part of the conversation. So, as a citizen, it’s difficult when there is a bombing, and a day later police are in a shootout with the terrorist while apprehending him, and athletes feel that is not worth even a tweet.
    ——-
    Lets take race out of this and ask

    They apprehended him without gunning him down. What is more dangerous? A terrorist or an unarmed American civilian? If you can apprehend a terror suspect w/o killing him why can’t we seem apprehend a US citizen without killing them? Even the unarmed ones?

    Simple logic would led me to believe the big difference is in the training. Probably had better cops going after the terror suspect.

  26. Terence Crutcher was unarmed, hands up shot and killed.
    Something is going on in the country with law enforcement.

    Are they hiring and training the wrong people?
    60% are good officers
    35% are probably just wanting a steady check
    5% are not fit to be officers

    Do they need better psychological testing, these are trigger happy individuals that escalate situations.

    He wasn’t listening to the cops he was walking to his car, THAT DOES NOT GIVE THE RIGHT TO SHOOT HIM.
    Tase him, pepper spray him.

  27. Anything that divides the nation right down the middle, the media will ride that story till the wheels fall off. Any story that brings the nation together will get 15 seconds of coverage or won’t get mentioned at all.

  28. Oh my lord, this is so ridiculous. He is not part of any revolution. He’s not Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks or Muhammad Ali… any of those true martyr’s would have given their left arm to be young and living in today’s America they helped create. These crybaby athletes have no clue what real oppression is. Just pure garbage.

  29. All you ‘Merican racists out there thought this would go away.

    But it’s spreading to other teams, and to other sports, and to coaches.

    You and Jerry Jones are on the wrong side of history.

    How does it feel?

  30. You know you made it when you on the cover of time. I know a lot of people are mad about it but are not saying anything about the shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte . Black lives don’t matter to everyone .

  31. Just look at the Walter Scott “Shooting”.. Fake as you know what…

    Watch the Lavish Minnesota shooting video where she decides to make a selfie while her bf is supposedly dying.. Impossible!

    THESE ARE FAKE EVENTS TO DIVIDE US!

    Wake up sheep!

    CRISIS ACTORS and GREEN SCREENS!

  32. Publicity Stunt. He wants to make such a difference but doesn’t want to impead his life. You don’t see him travel to these places that had supposed tragedies. But this is doing wonders for his fame.

  33. nhpats says:
    Sep 22, 2016 12:01 PM
    Remember when people were claiming that Kaep was better than Russell Wilson?

    Tough not to like Russ……tough to like Kaep….
    ———————————–
    sorry homie….
    Russ makes you comfortable.
    Kaep makes you fearful.

    Bottomline.
    #releaseyourfear

  34. The picture could tell the full story if it included him wearing the pig socks. In a world were so many people are tired of stereotyping, and so set on PC, how is this guy even tolerated? Most people want the gap to be closed, but his message is an affront to the good men and women who serve as police officers because he has casts a net over all cops, and only widens the gap. What is even more sick is the media who only covers the parts of this creep’s message that makes him look like a sensible leader who is going about his demands for change in responsible way.

  35. It’s ignorant to blame him and this cause for the lack of viewership or interest in the NFL anymore when those who blame don’t have any real proof of the declining numbers.
    Without facts, just because you don’t like something for a reason and are no longer taking part doesn’t mean that everyone else is doing it for the same reasons.
    It would be like me claiming that everyone else I see riding a bike also hates cars as I do which is why they are also riding.

  36. One day in the not-too-distant future, Colin Kaepernick & Tim Tebow will be debating each other as politicians of the 2 major parties because they appeal to each respective party’s base. Speaks volumes about the quality of the major parties – time for a true 3rd option.

  37. chicagosportsfan11 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 12:25 PM
    Terence Crutcher was unarmed, hands up shot and killed.

    Yes, he was unarmed when police arrived yes, he was shot.

    His hands were NOT up when he was shot. THIS IS A BLATANT LIE! Did you bother watching the video???? What is wrong with you???? What is it about some people that they think making up lies proves any point???

    Police are being hunted and killed in acts of pure vengeance. it’s not surprising that when a man makes a move towards a vehicle after being told to stop that there would be repercussions when he tried to enter the car. They didn’t know if he had a gun or a bomb.

  38. rueagle says:
    Sep 22, 2016 12:16 PM
    Liberals won’t stop until they’ve destroyed every American tradition, everything about non-liberal cultures, any resemblance of religion, humbleness and integrity left. Congrats to both you and Colin for furthering the movement away from what is good about life.
    ———————————————
    Unreal.
    so liberals don’t worship, feign humbleness and live sans integrity……..
    Why are you so afraid?

  39. dcpatfan says:
    Sep 22, 2016 12:41 PM
    nhpats says:
    Sep 22, 2016 12:01 PM
    Remember when people were claiming that Kaep was better than Russell Wilson?

    Tough not to like Russ……tough to like Kaep….
    ———————————–
    sorry homie….
    Russ makes you comfortable.
    Kaep makes you fearful.

    Bottomline.
    #releaseyourfear

    Go preach that to the families of murdered cops, to the burnt out and looted business who are bankrupt and terrified homeowners , to the children who live in fear of violent protests every day.

    Since when does killing and burning make anything better?

    What is that old line about digging 2 graves when setting out for revenge?

  40. I find it interesting that when he was playing well (above average) we never heard from him. Now that he’s at the bottom of the QB list he found that ignoring the anthem will put him back in the press. How needy. How sad. His 15 minutes are up.

  41. You don’t need to disrespect the flag in order to push for the changes that Colin Kaepernick thinks is needed there are far more productive ways to go about doing the same thing. He is not the only American that has problems with some of the things that go on in this country. As a conservative, I have a HUGE problem with abortion in this country! Even though that I completely at odds with the laws of this country I would never choose to use my displeasure by disrespecting the flag or soldiers that put their lives on the line for the freedom I have to disagree. Instead I have my time and money that I can donate to support pro-life causes and vote my conscience for the candidates that share my pro-life values. Kaepernick has even greater influence then me because I am a nobody. If he chooses to he could be on every radio and TV talk show to share his point of view. His liberal worldview gives him access to just about any newspaper or tv station in the country since newspaper companies and TV networks are essentially propaganda arms for the liberal agenda anyway!

  42. But Kaepernick’s stance isn’t about improving policing, it’s about how supposedly the police pick on black people just for being black.

    For example, that Crutcher guy in Tulsa who got himself killed because he wouldn’t stop when the cops told him to -he kept walking and walking and walking towards his car as if to grab something from there. He died because he was stupid, not because he was black.

  43. That’s ultimately the question that needs to be debated, discussed, and resolved: Should police officers be held to a higher standard of training and experience before gaining the ability to use deadly force?

    It’s not “anti-police” to ask that question. For veteran officers who may be paired with a young, inexperienced, and ultimately unqualified officer, it’s definitely pro-police to insist on more.

    Of course police should be and are held to a different standard. Sadly, there is no standard for citizen behavior. It’s your constitutional right to be a drain on society.
    It’s a 2 way street people. But sadly many don’t get it. Someday you will. Hopefully you haven’t put the police in a position where they’re too scared for their lives and careers to help you when you do.

    It’s not a perfect system , nor will it ever be. Especially when we have such a large contingent in this country who will deify those who are prone to mayhem under the false flag of justice.

  44. This is all such nonsense. I’m convinced that the first time he did it he just forgot they were playing the anthem and forgot to stand up and when he got called on it he came up with the whole protest thing. The guy is too stupid to come up with anything else

  45. 99% of shootings wouldn’t happen if people would listen to a lawful order. Most of the shootings aren’t covered by the media fully. If the media wouldn’t make it look like every black person, that was shot, was a stand-up citizen of society maybe these riots wouldn’t be happening. The media conveniently leaves out crucial material to all the stories.

  46. Kaepernick was quoted in the article saying, “I really wish the police would stop killing people that are innocent or have committed only misdemeanors, my knee hurts…”

  47. Why does my comment about Florio and the rest of the sports media social justice warriors pushing this story while most of us shrug and want to talk sports keep disappearing?

  48. Kaepernick should get the start, he brought them to the SB. now he’s on the cover of TIME, that rag, but he’s on it for all the right reasons, to better our culture. and he should start.

  49. Richard Sherman’s opinion carries so much more weight to me since he’s actually relevant in the NFL still. The fact that this backup QB waited until he was no longer relevant to make his stand feels dirty to me.

  50. I’m offended by this whole charade. I do not know what they want to accomplish. They have only made things worse. To insult Americans will only make things worse.

  51. I’m not surprised! Time Life even put that kid who was responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing on the cover. Not exactly the best thing to be on the cover of that toilet paper magazine.

  52. Since Jim Jones Kaepernick likes to put scripture on his arms, and refuses to practice them, I’m calling this falsie out.

    Romans 13:1-7.( Submission to Authorities)

    I guess he forgot that one.

  53. Kap should refuse to play in games till this social issue is finally resolved. Oh wait, he a $*(@# backup.

    If players want to protest, that is their right. But do it on your own time. Not company time.

  54. Kapernick at best will be remembered as a one season wonder whose best days are long behind him. He will never again be a starter in the league. He will soon be a forgotten footnote in the annals of football history. His protest is an empty, self-serving gesture by someone who fell for their own hype. If it wasn’t for football, he’d be another insignificant person, toiling at a lousy temp job while making no effort to better his empty, lousy existence.

    Who do you think is more Embarrassed by him: the parents who threw him away like trash when he was an infant or the loving couple who took him in, loved and nurtured him and helped him achieve a decent life?

  55. Congratulations to PFT and Mike Florio for being willing to acknowledge and follow this issue that is MAJOR to many of us good Americans.

  56. Kaep is smart, articulate, courageous, and positive. He is the perfect guy to represent BLM in talks with a perfect guy to represent Law Enforcement. Will the perfect law enforcement representative please step forward so the talks can begin. After the two of them have acknowledged the other’s realities and concerns, only then can the process move toward positive change. A lot of people don’t want positive change. They are the real problem.

  57. Kaep is smart, articulate, courageous, and positive. He is the perfect guy to represent BLM in talks with a perfect guy to represent Law Enforcement. Will the perfect law enforcement representative please step forward so the talks can begin. After the two of them have acknowledged the other’s realities and concerns, only then can the process move toward positive change. A lot of people don’t want positive change. They are the real problem.

    Lol

  58. seemed like a good move for kap – a backup qb. he’s probably more famous than tebow now as a backup qb. that’s a great game plan though.

    the perilous fight? kap didn’t have to fight $$hi+. our soldiers did and kap just took all the attention.

  59. unfortunately for the NFL and players…it was Pat Tillman who made a statement …maybe the nfl should show his picture on the big screens when playing the anthem.

  60. It’s funny how just a year ago #7tupid was trending when he posted a meme about Houston flooding.

    Not to mention arguing with random people on twitter, wearing a Dolphins hat because “it’s just swag”, etc.

    Suddenly enlightened and socially conscious or did he find a new PR person?

  61. Much of the attention on Kap can be “credited” to the media campaign to oust him from the 49er roster. There were weekly rumors about him being cut or traded even though the 9er front office and the head coach have been saying that they have no intention of cutting or trading him. The media seized on his protest to try to have him ousted by his team. It had the opposite effect because the millennials like him for protesting and the sale of his jerseys are up, even though the media tries to get fans around the country to hate him for protesting.

  62. Can’t blame him for protesting, many racists on the internet and in the media have been using steretypes like “stupid” and “lazy” to describe him, even before he was benched. Even someone like Joe Montana got into the act and claimed that Kap does not have support of his teammates and that he does not communicate with them. All that hogwash happened even before the current protest uproar.

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