Saquon Barkley will speak his mind on Colin Kaepernick, other issues

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If it’s OK for people like Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to not stick to sports, it should be OK for people like Giants running back Saquon Barkley to do the same. Regardless, Barkley isn’t afraid to say what he thinks.

Via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, Barkley uses social media, including retweets, to express his views. And he doesn’t mind the backlash, if any.

“If a fan wants to not be a fan of me because I retweet a thing for Colin Kaepernick, I don’t care,” Barkley told Leonard. “But I respect that people have their own opinions. Everyone is entitled to that. I just would hope that people respect I have a right to my own opinion, as well.”

Barkley believes, as many do, that Kaepernick has been blackballed by the NFL.

“He’s not in the league not ’cause he can’t play,” Barkley told Leonard. “I mean, is that fair to him? Because of his belief or what he views?”

Barkley also has chimed in on issues like Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s holdout and reaction to the President’s criticism of Baltimore. And Barkley has made it clear that he’ll continue to speak regarding issues on which he has opinions.

And that’s fine. If, after all, it’s OK for the owners to do more than own their teams, it’s OK for the playes to do more than play for them.

26 responses to “Saquon Barkley will speak his mind on Colin Kaepernick, other issues

  1. “He’s not in the league not ’cause he can’t play.” 

    That’s exactly the reason he’s not in the league. He sucks. He got beat out by Blaine Gabbert before he started his anti-America crusade.

    Kaepernick was a gimmick QB .. ala Terrell Pryor, RG3, Tim Tebow.. once teams took away his ability to escape the pocket, He proved he couldn’t beat them with his arm. He threw back to back pick 6’s to Tyrann Mathieu on the same out route.. Mathieu said the 49ers were running an ABC offense.

  2. It’s important to note that your free speech protections don’t disappear when you are at work or at an official work function.

  3. I agree with SB. he`s in NYC were people tolerate different opinions. I don’t live there but I go there half dozen times a year. when people criticize NYC, I don’t get mad because you`d have to go and see what its like. the horror stories regarding the big apple are ridiculous. its safer than my upstate ny city.

  4. This is nothing new for players, they do it way more then any team owner. Are we still allowed to call them an owner? Anyway like I said this is nothing new and we don’t care as long as they keep it off the field.

  5. No, Saquon. It’s not “just” because of his beliefs or his views. That’s his own conscience and his own business if he kept them to himself or promoted them on his own time. He can’t play because he feels entitled to hijack the league’s platform to promote his own views. Yes, a view that pisses off at least half the fan base. That’s bad for business. The league has every right to shut that down and should shut that down.

  6. “He’s not in the league not ’cause he can’t play,” Barkley told Leonard. “I mean, is that fair to him? Because of his belief or what he views?”

    So CK can freely demonstrate his rights of free speech yet owners (because a prevailing belief by players, is that he can still play at a high level) should be compelled to employ and pay him regardless of whether they concur with the message?

    What’s “fair” about that Saquon?

  7. Too many people will either view it as ” since he is a player he should stick to football ” and ignore the fact that Stephen Ross quite literally owns a football team but doesn’t stick to football, or they will go down the ole ” celebrities and such just need to stay out of politics ” and ignore the fact that all of them are American citizens with opinions they are allowed to express as they desire.

  8. People who defend Kaepernick tend to ignore the socks he wore at practice and havoc his followers created on our highways and streets.

  9. Kid doesn’t understand. The beliefs aren’t the issue, it’s the fact that he brings it into the workplace. If Kaep worked on all of this in his off time, maybe he’d still be playing (if he really is good enough like some seem to claim).

  10. Can’t wait to see Barkley speak his mind when insteada getting paid, he gets the 5th year option then 2 franchise tags…

  11. Good for young Mr. Barkley. He is using his high profile platform to spread his opinion – opinion guaranteed every American citizen regardless of occupation.

    Clearly Kaepernick has been blacklisted. Conditions protested by Kaepernick & others have worsened. Anybody with an audience & a conscience should speak out against injustice.

    Any reason,other than his protesting, given for Kaepernick’s absence from the NFL, is simply pretext.

  12. Stop with the Kaepernick is being blacklisted nonsense. His value as QB simply isn’t worth the circus atmosphere and distraction he would bring. He brought this on himself.

  13. Kaepernick is being blackballed? He cost his employers money and he was fired. Period. What employer would think to themselves “oh, youre gonna create a stir and cost me money? Sure I’ll hire you” Nobody!! The National Anthem is reserved for respecting those who sacrificed their lives. Not for you to pretend you had a bad life and then cash in on it with Nike

  14. He, like any American, can express his beliefs freely. I respect that and I support that. There are places, however, where it is appropriate to do so. There are also places where it is inappropriate. The NFL is entertainment. Let’s just spend a few hours enjoying ourselves together regardless of our deeply held beliefs.

  15. Of course Kaepernick is being blackballed. He’s a better player than 3/4 of the QBs on NFL rosters right now. Only someone very ignorant (or dishonest) would dispute that.

    Kaepernick’s “sin” was he shined a light on racism in this country and those exposed used every tool in their power to attempt to destroy him.

  16. billzbubb says:
    August 14, 2019 at 10:07 am
    Of course Kaepernick is being blackballed. He’s a better player than 3/4 of the QBs on NFL rosters right now. Only someone very ignorant (or dishonest) would dispute that.
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    He’s not better than Blaine Gabbert.

  17. Kaep is actually a pretty good role model/example

    Here are two takeaways that every kid should know:

    – Passive Aggressive Victim Mentality will not get you through life

    – Your negative social media footprint will absolutely hurt your professional career.

    I’d love to read a 5 page opinion piece from Barkley that covers all of the issues and the controversies that define this polarizing figure along with Barkley’s opinion on each… but he’d prefer to just mutely stand with Kaep.

    You can’t really stand for something if you are saying nothing.

  18. therealraider says:
    August 14, 2019 at 12:12 am
    “He’s not in the league not ’cause he can’t play.”

    That’s exactly the reason he’s not in the league. He sucks. He got beat out by Blaine Gabbert before he started his anti-America crusade.

    Kaepernick was a gimmick QB .. ala Terrell Pryor, RG3, Tim Tebow.. once teams took away his ability to escape the pocket, He proved he couldn’t beat them with his arm. He threw back to back pick 6’s to Tyrann Mathieu on the same out route.. Mathieu said the 49ers were running an ABC offense.

    – – – –

    For the 1,000,000th time: Kap was NOT beat out by Gabbert. Look it up. He was coming off offseason throwing shoulder surgery and knee surgery and the 49ers had a new coach with a new offense (Chip Kelly). Gabbert was only the starting quarterback until Kap was healthy enough to take the job, which he did fairly easily.

    #facts

  19. I’m shocked people still think CK is not in the league because of his protests 3 YEARS AGO. There are current NFL players that still protest during the anthem. CK’s issues are:

    1) He’d bring a HUGE distraction and media circus to any team that signed him(along with possible loss of revenue)
    2) He wouldn’t accept a back up QB role at back up money
    3) He evidently has become a mute and can’t speak
    4) He hasn’t played football in 3 years

    His kneeling protest was successful and brought attention to his cause, however, the pig socks and other attire were just stupid on his part and actually took away from the reason he was protesting in the first place.

    He has every right to do what he did and continues to do, but he BADLY misplayed his hand and it cost him big. NFL football is over for him.

  20. sllabskcustfpk says:
    August 14, 2019 at 11:24 am

    For the 1,000,000th time: Kap was NOT beat out by Gabbert. Look it up. He was coming off offseason throwing shoulder surgery and knee surgery and the 49ers had a new coach with a new offense (Chip Kelly). Gabbert was only the starting quarterback until Kap was healthy enough to take the job, which he did fairly easily.

    #facts
    —————————————

    You’re partly right but you forgot the rest of the story. Kaepernick got his job back then went 1-11. Threw for 7 yards against the Bears. Then was benched for Gabbert. He then sat on the bench pouting during the anthem and had to make up a story why he did it. Because pouting on the bench didn’t sound as good as protesting.

    #realfacts

  21. eventually, these players are going to say something that will drive the majority of fans away forever, and it’s bye bye money train.

  22. CK reached a settlement with NFL. Details of the settlement have not been released. Perhaps he’s been paid not to play in NFL. There are far worse QBs on NFL rosters than him.

  23. Being among the best at your position cures a lot of ills. If Barkley says something controversial but is still a top 5 RB, teams will put up with it. But if you bring more problems than ability, there is always someone else who is comparable in skill but less of a headache.

    Kaep hasn’t played in years, yet people still seem to think he is better than like half the QBs out there. Which is odd, given the exactly zero amount of evidence of that.

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