Colin Kaepernick speaks, but his words are blocked from video stream

AP

On Thursday, Colin Kaepernick received another award to commemorate his courage and sacrifice. His courage and sacrifice, however, did not extend to the courageous act of potentially sacrificing any aspect of his collusion case against the NFL.

After Kaepernick received the W.E.B Du Bois Medal from Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & American Research on Thursday afternoon, the live stream of the event was replaced with this message: “Due to the current litigation of W.E.B. Du Bois medalist Colin Kaepernick. No press photography or video livestream will be allowed of his remarks.”

That message appeared on the stream for roughly five minutes, ending as Kaepernick walked away from the podium.

There was a crowd in attendance, and tweets or other accounts of his comments may emerge. But nothing will be as reliable as the actual words themselves.

Kaepernick presumably was acting on the advice of his lawyers. The better advice may have been to embrace the moment, speak his mind, own his words, and not worry about the comments being used against him by the NFL in the looming arbitration hearing. Indeed, if he actually said something that would in some way undermine his claim, the NFL likely will find out about it anyway.

Maybe he should have written his words in advance, run them by his lawyers, and delivered them clearly and directly, without straying from the script. It would have filled months of silence (but for a Nike commercial) with a clear message that could have been crafted not to hurt but to help his cause.

54 responses to “Colin Kaepernick speaks, but his words are blocked from video stream

  1. There is a class of people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of certain groups before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want that group to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.

  2. Lets see….The opportunity to play in the NFL is just that….an opportunity! In my thirty some years of employment, I have always had to adapt to whatever my employer’s requirements were? I always had an option to pursue other employment, because this is America, but those are choices we all make. I have made, and still make a point of not expressing my political views in and around my work place, because that is not why they hired me. If Mr. K had the same sense, he could have faked his way through a lucrative career as a quarterback in the NFL, while still preserving the right to vote for the candidate of his choice, just like the rest of us?

  3. Did everyone forget how bad he was for 2 years before he started kneeling? I mean, he was a bench player before that. Are there other QBs just as bad who have a job? Yes! But they don’t bring drama. And if kap was tearing up the league like he did for a year or two, some owner would put up with the drama in return for wins. But with his play these days he’s just not worth it. So stop with the race BS because many players got away with acting up but still played because they produced.

  4. Anicra says:
    October 11, 2018 at 7:03 pm
    There is a class of people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of certain groups before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want that group to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.

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    And then There’s the group of people that make a business out of complaining about the two groups you mention, but really don’t want them to go away either.

  5. Courage and sacrifice?????? Look up Pat Tillman in the Dictionary….. thing is, he didn’t seek fame or to be a martyr… he just went and did what he felt he needed to do…

  6. The idea that he has sacrificed his career is a joke. Had he never kneeled for the anthem, he would still be out of work today. And the reason is because he’s not a very good quarterback. End of story.

  7. He was benched for years, and then opted out of his contract in a huff in order to overcompensate for the fact he has no street cred because he was raised by white people. His entire present narrative was retroactively constructed with the free help of a shameless left wing media that still has learned nothing and has no plans to start.

  8. I have supported the protests and Kap, but this is ridiculous.

    For one thing all the NFL attorneys have to do is get a subpoena for the transcript and they’ll know what he said anyway. Not to mention there’s likely video posted on youtube or instagram or somewhere like that by some attendee.

  9. Kanye is fully on the Trump train now…dont be surprised if Kanye’s bud Colin doesnt flip soon. If he does, then the dems arent going to know what to do.

  10. If Harbaugh had traded him and kept Alex Smith, the 49ers would have another trophy, Harbaugh would still be in the NFL, Michigan would have beaten Ohio State and Kaepernick would be be out of the league and no one would care.

  11. It takes courage to be aligned with a shoe company that pays children pennies per day to make those shoes.

  12. The Broncos gave this clown a chance to play. He turned it down. I fail to see how an idiot should get an award for anything but a brand new “here’s your sign” from a country comedian.

  13. Unreal that this dude has made himself out to be some type of martyr because he lost his starting job. It’s insulting.

  14. So basically, his lawyers know they have no case, and if his words are leaked that will make everything crumble, and they lose their payday.

    Lets forget that this “hero” couldn’t beat Blaine Gabbert.

  15. Most of you thought that kaepernick was on the wrong side of history and would have been shamed into oblivion. Instead he is being lauded across the world for standing up against systemic racism. If you have a problem with kaepernick kneeling, then he probably isn’t kneeling for you.

  16. I’d really like to see this story end with Kap making a triumphant return to football even as a benchwarmer, which is all he is at this point.
    But to not take a meeting with Trump with Kanye West and JB tells me he is unwilling to do whatever it takes to solve what he perceives as injustice. He has a few decent points about rouge cops, I’ve dealt with that myself, and prison reform.
    But he just keeps shooting himself in the foot with the childish antics and unwillingness to be open minded himself and work with someone who can facilitate real change faster than anyone else just because he was called a name.
    He could really be a positive force in the future if he could just let go of the past.

  17. People keep saying he didnt sacrifice anything which is funny to me. Nobody talks about the death threats he received. . By the way, his last 6 games; 65% comp. 1300 yds. 9 td. 2 int 96 Passer rating..

  18. You ever think that the placard was done so as to put more emphasis on the litigation and remind everyone it’s happening? Sounds like a smart move to me. It was talked about here and I’m sure I’ll hear about it tomorrow.

  19. knownbutunkown says:
    October 11, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    By the way, his last 6 games; 65% comp. 1300 yds. 9 td. 2 int 96 Passer rating..

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    His last 6 games he was into garbage time eatly and often. And they got to garbage time because he could not do anything when the defense was still trying. Garbage time stats against plain vanilla defenses with second string players are not going to make a team want to keep a guy on an expensive contract nor make another team want to jump in to offer one.

  20. Proud of my service. Proud of my 2 tours. Proud to be a USAF Veteran. And PROUD of Kap for PEACEFULLY protesting injustice and racial inequality. Freedom isn’t Free. Also commend him on putting his money where his mouth is and the amazing activism he is doing. Not my fav QB. Not imo even that great a player. He made his bed and looks like he’s sleeping just fine.

  21. Naw sir,all of his weapons he had where non starters! As a 49ers fan I watch every and they had zero weapons with no o line.. Don’t give that 2nd string vanilla stuff, it’s still the NFL. Plus the games where not all blow outs

  22. “… but his word are blocked”

    Is the idea here that Kapernick descended from the clouds and expounded upon his personal philosophy to the gathered masses? Only to be thwarted by Darth Vader, once again!

    Anyone who believes Kap’s doing anything more than reading pre-approved legalese for the SJW cause is drinking Kool-aide that expired in 2012.

    “Yes he has the right to” but why should 2018 care.

  23. There sure are still a bunch of butt-hurt people who can’t accept that he’s trying to get out a message (and has actually done pretty well) that so many of you don’t like enough to comment on it. Where are all you bleeding-heart “Americans” now that the NFL has done away with your ever-so-sacred national anthem now?

  24. I honestly don’t think this guy can speak to those subjects. His early attempts to were disasters. Those instances revealed that he was not knowledgeable about the social causes he claimed to to be protesting as opposed to just sulking over getting benched. After that others have handled the speaking for him and its been my honest opinion that hes just a phoney covering up for the fact he is simply a bad football player that washed out if the league. But I am always willing to consider I could be wrong so when I heard he was going to be speaking at Harvard I was interested to hear him out and see if he might prove me wrong. So this was disappointing. I would have liked being proven wrong, and unfortunately the way his handlers are continuing to maintain his silence looks to me like a cop out, and a revealing one at that. IMHO they just wanted the award and this was how to get it without exposing how he doesn’t really know the topic. I would be interested to see what would happen if he was asked to simply go somewhere and speak without there being an award in it too. Im thinking that gets turned down. But maybe, just maybe a video gets out that proves me wrong. Thats fine if it does, I think I would be happuer if it turned out he wasn’t a phony, it would certainly be less ugly to me.

  25. Sorry Kap,you have nothing legitimate to protest about. Clean up your neighborhood and stop blaming others.

  26. Want to see REAL courage and sacrifice?

    Look at those “PIGs” that Krapernick was protesting.

  27. I’m sure it’s a coincidence that he started kneeling only after he was benched. Where was all this empathy when he was a starter? Yeah. Sooner or later we hope that people grow up and not use racism as an excuse for their poor performance. That sir is despicable.

  28. Anicra says:
    October 11, 2018 at 7:03 pm
    There is a class of people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of certain groups before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want that group to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
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    I couldn’t agree more. It was amazing how the current administration and the 1% were able to parlay this into votes in the heartland among the working class

  29. dcpatfan says:
    October 12, 2018 at 7:36 am
    Anicra says:
    October 11, 2018 at 7:03 pm
    There is a class of people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of certain groups before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want that group to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
    ______________________________________________________________

    I couldn’t agree more. It was amazing how the current administration and the 1% were able to parlay this into votes in the heartland among the working class

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    To gain the understanding you say you dont have you need to first understand those voters and the problems they have been facing. There has been a lot of noise, rhetoric, name calling, and finger pointing. But in the end they are going to vote for who was able to see and speak to their problems from their perspective and to speak to their plan for addressing those problems. They are not going to care whether they would like the candidate as person or not, to a man trying to feed his family and insure his future ability to do so that is only a secondary concern. To those saying there was not a good plan, that the plan was all nonsense and still is, you are entitked to your opinion. But the fact remains, those voters had to choose between a side that criticized them, said they were unimportant, and that they were stupid if they didnt vote for that side, vs a side that at least was talking about their problems and how to address them.

  30. ocdn says:
    October 12, 2018 at 8:57 am
    So much for the 1st amendment.

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    Not sure how you think thats the issue here. It was the Kaepernicks own side that prevented his words from going out, presumably for legal reasons. But he was not being silenced by anyone, nor forbidden to make his speech. Presumably he did make it.

  31. What did he sacrifice? He turned down a contract option. He then compared the owner of a team that was going to offer him a contract to a ‘slave master’. He walks around wearing pig socks. He turned down another offer because it was to be a backup, which is a match for his skill-set.

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