Eli Harold finds Colin Kaepernick’s status to be “frustrating”

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As time goes by and the unemployment of Colin Kaepernick lingers, it’s becoming more and more clear that teams aren’t shunning Kaepernick for his actual or perceived football abilities but because owners believe he’ll either be bad for business or detrimental to their own political views. And despite every flawed assumption or false narrative that periodically gets leaked to someone in the media who’ll pass it along without calling B.S., those who get it understand that, yes, Kaepernick’s status is all about his decision to not stand for the National Anthem during the 2016 season.

Should he have stood? Yes. Does he have a Constitutional right to not stand? Yes. Did he have valid reasons to be concerned about the training and experience of persons issued badges and deadly force when interacting with African-Americans and people of color? Yes.

Should he be allowed to work in his chosen field despite his protest and his views? Absolutely.

Former 49ers teammate Eli Harold, who joined Kaepernick in his protest but nevertheless remains gainfully employed, spoke about Kaepernick’s status on Wednesday.

It’s frustrating,” Harold said Wednesday, via Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. “It’s frustrating for me because I really think it has everything to do with the protest that he did. Some General Managers and owners are scared to touch him simply because they’re scared to lose revenue, money. We all know he’s better than some of these guys that went in free agency but that’s neither here nor there. He’ll be signed by training camp, by the time training camp starts. But it’s frustrating.

“I really feel like the world took a step forward in seeing the protest, but it shows you that we really, honestly, in the NFL, in the football realm, in the professional world, we didn’t take a step forward because he’s still not employed. I feel like it’s bigger than what he did, it’s bigger than football. . . . He’s a good quarterback. You go back and look at the numbers; he had a pretty good season for the games he played. So he’ll be signed.”

There’s a good chance he won’t be signed by training camp, and that the real question will be whether anyone has him at or near the top of the call list if/when an injury happens to a starting quarterback or a backup during training camp, the preseason, or the regular season. Appearing in studio on Thursday’s PFT Live, former NFL quarterback Chris Simms suggested that Kaepernick will not get an offer in 2017.

Whether it happens or doesn’t, the clock is ticking more and more loudly as OTAs move toward their conclusion. With each passing day, he’ll have less of a chance to fully get to know a coaching staff, a playbook, his teammates, and everything else that a player needs to know in order to be successful in a new team.

47 responses to “Eli Harold finds Colin Kaepernick’s status to be “frustrating”

  1. While I support his right to make a statement, I also support the owners making their own statement in they don’t want this type of distraction. It’s a shame they feel the need to shy away from the validity of the point he was making, but it’s their right to do so. It is a business and it seems Kaep grossly misjudged the ground on which he stood, the ground owned by billionaires very much afraid of bad publicity.

    Are Kaep’s followers going to stand by him now? Of course not, the league will go on and he may well become nothing but a barely remembered footnote.

  2. He’s not a good QB.

    He’s stated several times that he doesn’t need to watch film.

    He began a phony protest to draw attention only to himself.

    Too much baggage.

  3. It’s not frustrating to me. You reap what you sow. He took a knee for his so called injustices in America then wears a Fidel Castro Tshirt to support a man that has supplanted injustices on his people his entire life. Hypocrite much?

  4. Kap not having a job isn’t frustrating. Him throwing balls 2 rows up in the stands or skipping the ball 10ft in front of the receiver was though.

  5. Just as he has/had the right not to stand for the National Anthem, owners and teams have the right not to sign him. Actions have consequences, sometimes unintended, but consequences none the less.

  6. If Tom Brady had kneeled and was a free agent he’d have 31 job offers today. That should tell you all you need to know

  7. It’s actually quite simple Eli, he knelt when everybody else stood for our nations national anthem. AGAIN take a peak at the NFL logo colors. He will never ever work in The League again.

  8. “Former 49ers teammate Eli Harold, who joined Kaepernick in his protest but nevertheless remains gainfully employed, spoke about Kaepernick’s status on Wednesday”.

    Does this not tell you something? Why are you so sure that the protest is the “only” reason why Kaepernick is still unemployed by the NFL?

  9. This is why you do your “Social Justice” work on your OWN time and not when you are at work being paid millions of dollars and on national television pissing off the people who ultimately pay yours and your bosses salaries.

    Kneeling for the National Anthem pisses people off when we have tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen deployed around the world defending the freedom we all hold dear.

    Wearing socks that degrade the officers of the law who wear a badge and protect us from criminals pisses people off.

    Let him sit, kneel, stand or fall off the face of the earth…I won’t miss him!

  10. You can’t be a lover of America and all if its people if you can’t understand what his cause was…it’s just impossible.

  11. @jredshoes im sorry but comparing a garbage QB to 1 of the best ever is just pathetic, look at kaps stats the last 3yrs and the Brady. Yeah kid you are dumb.

  12. My boss will back me 100% with support to protest my views and try to change the world.

    I will not be employed for very long if I protest my views at work.

  13. Eli Harold should really be concerning himself with making the 49ers roster. He has been yet another Baalke disappointment thus far, looking like Tarzan but playing like Jane.

  14. “Should he be allowed to work in his chosen field despite his protest and his views? Absolutely”

    Maybe I missed it, but has he been banned from the league? Nope He is allowed to work in his chosen field despite his protest and his views. The only issue is if an employer wishes to hire him. Much like any job, if you choose to make your stance while on the clock… you may not have work.

  15. He disrespected the country I love and troops caught and died for and police are still dying for. If my team signed him I’d switch teams or sports.

  16. The point where he “jumped the shark” was when he wore pig socks and a Castro t-shirt. He took it entirely too far.

    The point of the matter is that he is an average QB. Average QBs who stay in the league a long time are usually those that keep their heads down and help the TEAM (see Mark Sanchez). Guys who grab headlines and bring a side show, just do not stay in the NFL as back ups. There really is no disputing that fact.

  17. I’m still waiting on Nick mangold updates. Guy was a 7 time pro bowler, 3 time all pro. He supported law enforcement and his country. He’s still unemployed. Let’s raise awareness.

    Oh and talk about false narratives….more white males are killed by police in the US every year then black males. So let’s stop with the cops are murdering black males thing.

    Kaepernick was 1-10 last year. He doesn’t put in the effort, doesn’t watch film, isn’t the first to the stadium or the last to leave. It’s a fact, he’s just not good enough to earn a roster spot. The more attention it gets the more of a distraction he is before he’s even given a work out.

  18. Are you guys gonna go on a hunger strike until he gets a job somewhere else? Geez!!

  19. Well he and Cathy Griffin could always team up, have a road show, hit msnbc, cspan, college campuses and whatnot.

  20. The article is absolutely right about owners worried about losing revenue. If my team signed this trash, I would no longer purchase season tickets, and I let my owner know exactly how I feel. I’m sure there are many of us who feel the same way.
    As far as does he have a “right” to be employed by the NFL? NO. He does not have that “right”.

  21. An Eagles security employee was fired for criticizing the Eagles for not resigning Brian Dawkins.

    Yes, he has free speech. Freedom from the government. Not from his employer. If his employer doesn’t like what he has to say, his employer is entitled completely to fire him.

    Kaepernick not only took an unpopular stance, but in all reality, is not very good. What has he done since Harbaugh left? Every team in the NFL has had the opportunity to sign him. And believe me, with the terrible starters some teams have, if Kaepernick were THAT good, he would be employed.

    He is an average QB, and a player that not many owners want to take a risk on. He has no RIGHT to employment whatsoever. If he wants to play football, go ahead and start your own team. Otherwise, reap what you’ve sown.

  22. “Should he be allowed to work in his chosen field”?

    A better question would be”

    Should the 32 teams be allowed to chose who they wish to employ? And the answer to that in an unequivocal YES.

    The teams are under no obligation to hire any person who chooses to be a professional football player. I choose to be a pro player as well but they didn’t hire me.

    Maybe I should get an attorney and claim racial discrimination, and an attack on my Constitutional rights?

  23. Every owner has the right to not sign him because they do not like the actions he took andnthe way he did it. That’s s not blackballing and it’s not racism. It’s a business decision and not one owner or GM has to explain anything to anyone. Now if someone signed him and released him because of his actions , yes, there may be a case of unfairness. But no one wants him and yes, it’s because of his actions. Mike Florida is beating a dead horse. The entire planet knows why he not signed and no matter how much Florio beats the drum owners did not become billionaires by being stupid. End of story.

  24. Professional QBs try to get better over the off season using a bevy of QB gurus; Kaepernick is being coached by a gym trainer whose last contact with football was as a defensive back for a small college many years ago. Most people who want a job make certain that they tell their prospective employers they want to work; Kaepernick has been conspicuously silent while the media and pundits have assumed he wants to work. The last person to talk with him about a desire to play was John Lynch – before Kaepernick left the team. Kaepernick was on the verge of being cut by the 49ers – he quit before he was fired by the team that knew him best – a team that was bereft of talent. The rationale was that Kaepernick would not fit the offense being installed by the 49ers. Three teams run an offense compatible with Kaepernick’s limited skills – Seattle, Carolina and Buffalo. Seattle has a horrible second QB situation but never worked Kaepernick out. Why? Lack of skill? Lack of coachability? Lack of interest? It seems Kaepernick is playing a martyr with no real intent to play in the NFL again. The media fawning over him is disgusting and infuriating to those who feel he demeaned the flag and the vast majority of those that keep us safe.

  25. kaepernick is a below average QB.
    That is the only reason he is unemployed and will stay that way.

  26. why is it any time a athlete says anything with a conservative view liberals find it offensive and said athlete must pay for his right to free speech by facing consequences such as re-education camp….er sensitivity training and a fine/suspension and a forced apology for hurting some fragile liberals feelings. yet when kapernick does something most Americans find offensive he is just expressing his first amendment right to free speech and should suffer no consequences at all? he in fact would not be suffering any if he was in fact a good NFL starting qb but he is not so owners do not want to have to deal with the headaches that come with signing him. there is no law that says a team has to sign him just because he was good at one time in a system no other team runs right now.

  27. Should he be allowed to work in his chosen field despite his protest and his views? Absolutely.


    WHAT? my chosen field was to play shortstop in the majors but I was slow and I couldn’t hit the curveball in college. So guess what.

    Anybody else out there not working in their “chosen field”?

  28. Again, let him kneel to the 1st marine div. 82nd Airborne, 101st Airborne, (Air Assault) 3rd I.D. 7th Army, and all our special operation troops, and there are many more he could kneel and thank for the freedom he so deeply feels he has a right to, but he should remember who made it possible for him to kneel against our country instead of thanking those who “really” serve it. Semper Fi. Rangers Lead, All the Way, Tip of the spear, he has no idea what any of those mean. None…

  29. Should of never used the NFL as his platform. Have you opinions on your own time. This is his work so to speak, so they have every right not to want this crap around their organization. If I dared to wear my employers name all over my clothing and pulled a stunt like this I would be fired. And I don’t make millions. Companies don’t want association with anything that may see them in a bad light. Kaep made his choice, and so has all 32 teams. Deal with it.
    BTW, he is a fraud at QB anyway…

  30. You can protest at work if you write “news” articles or are a politician but not if you play a team sport.

    He was literately protesting the officers that was protecting him on a weekly basis. But he didn’t lose all respect until he protested the flag during that salute the Armed Service day.

  31. As long as the media keeps making a big deal out of him not having a job…the less likely a team will pick him up. As an NFL player your job on the sideline is to win games…not protest. Id feel bad but hes rich Im sure he will survive.

  32. eaglesince86 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 2:38 PM
    the subliminal racism and hypocritical views of this country are blatantly displayed on each Kaep article’s comment section


    Name the team that would Be in a better position to win with Kaepernick on it and list your reasoning. Details please.

  33. “Should he be allowed to work in his chosen field despite his protest and his views? Absolutely.”

    How dare the world have natural consequences!

    Kaepernick’s deliberate and continued actions hurt his employer and every one of the other 31 potential employers. NFL ratings took a nose dive and Kaepernick’s injection of politics into fans’ escapist entertainment was indisputably one of the reasons. Lower ratings = less money. He could have kept his beliefs off the field, given money to various organizations looking to make change without offending millions of Americans. Instead, he took the view that the field was his stage to spout his political views.

    Back up QBs – which is what Kaepernick is (at best…go watch him make Wrex Ryan look like a good head coach) – are kind of like vice presidential nominees. The first rule is to do no harm.

    It is no mystery why teams don’t want him. Bang this drum all you want. Fans who aren’t of your obvious political stripe will continue to understand that Kaepernick is the reason Kaepernick isn’t employed. There is no grand conspiracy because none is needed. Kaepernick hurt every one of his prospective employers. Kaepernick hurt his team when he did get to play. Kaepernick gave teams several reasons not to hire him.

  34. At some point, those in the media that turned Kaepernick from a story into a circus need to look in the mirror when they ask why Kaep is still unemployed (you know… beyond his lack of appreciable QB skills)
    As seen with Tebow, teams are very reticent to sign a back up QB when he’ll turn camp and practice into a circus and have everyone on the team answering incessant Kaepernick questions

  35. Eli, Kap put himself in front of the team let alone our nation. He was on the payroll and decided himself his views were above all. Sad and maybe he should have used his energy being able to read defenses and hit open receivers.

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