Antonio Brown rips Colin Kaepernick

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At a time when Antonio Brown’s popularity among football fans is at an all-time low, he recently said some things that will endear him to one specific portion of the NFL fan base.

Appearing on the Cigar Talk podcast, Brown ripped quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The topic came up as the host lamented the fact that Kaepernick has been shunned by the NFL after spending all of the 2016 season kneeling during the national anthem.

“But they gave him the money and they gave him a commercial, they gave him the documentary,” Brown said, via TMZ.com. “He took a deal. We don’t feel sorry for you. You took the deal. Fuck outta here. Oh, Kaepernick. Man, you on fucking Nike, man. Fuck outta here. . . .

“He don’t wanna play, man. He was trash, everything. . . . Kaepernick did all that and took the money and then got the commercial. We don’t see Kaepernick outside. Where he at? I ain’t never seem him outside. . . . All that’s cap. We ain’t respecting that, bro. You took the money, the commercials. We don’t see you outside. We don’t see him in the hood. He don’t do nothing. Like, we cool. But nah we ain’t even stan Kaepernick. “He not even from the hood. You don’t even been in the trenches. We like Kaepernick and all, but we ain’t really on that. As Black people we need to get that clear. . . . He took the handout, so he got to take the mayor out and, like, take responsibility for that.”

Kaepernick has done plenty through his Know Your Rights group. Brown’s complaint seems to be based on the fact that Kaepernick isn’t more visible. Some would say Brown is too visible. Some would ask whether Brown is doing anything to bring attention to the issues that Kaepernick has championed.

Through his words and actions over the years, Brown seems to care about only one person. Kaepernick, obviously, has concerns extending far beyond himself or his own self interests.

Both players have seen their NFL tenures end prematurely, for very different reasons. Brown has misbehaved his way out of work. Kaepernick’s career has ended due to a strategic act of civil disobedience.

85 responses to “Antonio Brown rips Colin Kaepernick

  1. He’s right about one thing. kaep doesn’t want to play. Otherwise he would sign with the USFL or Canadian league

  2. Now he’s got me thinking, was Antonio Brown right, and everyone else was wrong?

  3. Frankly, I can’t stand either of them.
    Give me Warrick Dunn, Reggie White, Darrell Green, Walter Payton, Cam Heyward, these are
    real men.

  4. I am having a hard time trying to follow his “thoughts”. Thanks for summarizing.

  5. What has Antonio Brown ever even attempted to do for any cause but his own.

  6. Anyone who aligns themselves with the thoughts of Antonio Brown is picking a strange hill to die on, but here we are I suppose.

  7. If you are siding with Brown with anything it is time to check yourself.

  8. he was offered a deal from SF but didnt take it, that on him, he wanted more money and back in 2016 the owners had the stones to say take a walk. if kap was playing now they would give him 300M guaranteed, not deserved or owned but he would get it

  9. Colin is an activist who refuses to speak to anyone who will ask him hard questions. If he was so sure of his positions he could easily defend himself. He has also made tons of mistakes along the way. Photo-shopping the Ravens owner and not showing up to an organized workout SPECIFICALLY set up for you to make it back to the league being just two examples.

  10. Two things….
    1) Kap doesn’t truly want to play
    2) I despise having to listen to ANYTHING AB has to say…. The guy is a waste of my oxygen

  11. How bad of a person must you be that even an opinion from a guy like Antonio Brown makes you look bad.

  12. I don’t think it’s about him saying “he’s not visible enough,” I think it’s more along you claim you were banned, but when Ravens attempted to sign, your gf suddenly makes a comment and you don’t go signed. You hold a sham workout only on your terms switching it all around last second, then complain no one will sign. He’s created an exploitative image to benefit a PR program to make his money while claiming abuse, all while abusing the system.

  13. Remember the strategic act started by moping on the bench during the anthem after benching. Turned into something else later after aske. If he were truly serious about a return, wouldn’t he have gone to NFL workout in Atlanta couple years ago? (leave aside some legal junk and just show you can still throw, etc.) Lots of teams sent people to see it and he no showed.
    AB not the first to say Colin Kaepernick not really interested in coming back as it ruins the narrative if he can’t cut it (leave doubt). Might be first to more directly call him a sellout (and a few other words) so publicly. Of course, don’t think many listen to AB.

  14. Is there a mute button for both Brown and Kaepernick? Not for nothing but at least Kaepernick has something relevant to say. Brown not so much. The fact Kaepernick is advocating for his cause despite not seeing him in the hood is more of an indictment on Brown than Kaepernick. You could learn something from him Mr. Brown.

  15. AB is right about one thing: Kaepernick has a long history of placing money as his number 1 priority. Always needed a bigger contract. Wouldn’t take back up money…

  16. But he’s right. Kap too the payoff despite his claims of fighting injustice. Cashed the cheque and said nothing. Kap is no hero, and only those with naive, short sighted viewpoints can’t see that. AB is nuts, but here he is spot on

  17. Kaepernick’s career has ended due to a strategic act of civil disobedience.

    *********************************************

    It wouldn’t have ANYTHING to do with his talent limitations and deteriorating!?!

  18. one specific portion of the NFL fan base.

    ——————————–

    AKA the vast majority of NFL fans.

  19. Anyone who aligns themselves with the thoughts of Colin Kaepernick is picking a strange hill to die on, but here we are I suppose.

  20. If you are siding with Kaepernick with anything it is time to check yourself.

  21. If this came from a player like Larry Fitzgerald It would be news. Instead it’s “all about me” AB. He’s jealous of the empathy Kaep has received compared to him (none). That’s the ONLY reason he said this. However, four times his talent got him a team. And four times his selfish ego got him fired.

  22. I don’t get it…Colin Kaepernick’s professional protesting funded by Nike is far more lucrative than any backup QB contract he could potentially land in the NFL.

  23. Kaep could have exposed NFL emails and proved his allegations in court. He didn’t though.

    He took a settlement, proving the money was more important. So AB has a pretty good point.

  24. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Wonder what else AB will be right about.

  25. Knew this would play well, with the majority of the folks who follow this site. But, he is getting absolutely killed on the morning sports show and social media. His twitter has to be in shambles. Antonio Brown is an idiot.

  26. One really good point AB has is how Kaep cashed the checks and disappeared. For an activist, what activism has he participated in besides a Nike commercial a few years ago? He exploited HIS “specific portion of the NFL fan base” and tossed the lemon once the juice was squeezed. Now he’s rich, there’s no change in play, and a vast majority of us have moved on.

  27. Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest systemic racism and rampant police brutality in minority neighborhoods, two huge problems afflicting America. He angered the owners, who saw his action as an attack on their bottom lines, and a large swath of NFL fans. He knew he would be severely criticized by the ignorant masses and likely blackballed by the owners. Yet, in the face of these probable reactions, he decided still to draw attention to these problems that are much larger than the profits of whining billionaires or the outcome of any athletic contest. What does that make Kaepernick? An American hero, principled and brave, willing to sacrifice for a greater cause. He is a role model for anyone who strives to make America a better place.

  28. “Kaepernick’s career has ended due to a strategic act of civil disobedience.”
    ——————————-
    If that were true, the dozens of players who also knelt (including close friend Eric Reid), would have been preventing from playing as well. Eric Reid played three more seasons for the Panthers after suing the NFL.

    Truth is, Kaepernick has very carefully constructed an image that he wants to play, but can’t. He had his chances. Baltimore, Denver and Seattle comes to mind. He found a way to derail those opportunities before he had to lace them up. He had a public workout in front of dozens of NFL scouts get purposefully derailed by Kaepernick himself who moved the location 1 hour before it started. He repeatedly wouldn’t entertain backup offers. He specifically asked for astronomical money knowing no team would pay it. All to keep up the martyr brand. If Kaep wanted to play…..he would have played by now.

  29. They’re both starved for attention which is why Brown is clashing with him.

  30. AB speaks for the streets and is 1000% percent correct. When teams called Colin’s bluff and asked him to show up for a workout…he found reasons not to be there. He doesn’t want to play, he just wants to make money by being a symbol for a cause that he’s not really even affected by. He’s a millionaire speaking out about injustice that he’s never had to face due to his own charmed life.

  31. Kaepernick’s football skills have NEVER been that good. Would have kept Alex Smith over Colin. Think he saw the writing on the wall and used his little left time to kneel.

  32. Kaepernick doesn’t want to play. What he fears the most is actually playing and letting his level of play become the topic of conversation. At this point he gets to live off the belief that he CAN play…..that he’s the player from 2012/13….but the big bad NFL won’t let him.

    He knows more than anyone that if he steps on the field and doesn’t perform well…..his brand takes a big hit. Playing means he has to back up the talk and perception. And he fears not being able to pull it off.

  33. Looks like FOX has the perfect two idiots to bring back celebrity boxing.

  34. Kaepernick’s career has ended due to a strategic act of civil disobedience.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    civil disobedience is a public, non-violent and conscientious breach of law undertaken with the aim of bringing about a change in laws or government policies. Kaepernick did not break a law. What he did was flaunt social norms of one ethnic group to build awareness of another ethnic group’s problems with the government.

    Credit to him he risked his career for something he believed in. He did not risk jail. He was disobedient.

  35. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Antonio Brown is that stopped clock

  36. Brown is right about NOTHING. The only thing Brown is right about is how to burn bridges everywhere he goes.

  37. BraceForImpact says:
    May 6, 2022 at 11:32 am
    one specific portion of the NFL fan base.

    ——————————–

    AKA the vast majority of NFL fans.

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    Took the words right out of my mouth.

  38. He’s right in that kaepernick sabotaged his opportunities to get back in the league, and hif he did get back in the league and he washed out, he’d lose all his civil rights gravitas. He’d lose his victim card, and that card has paid him quite handsomely to NOT play football, via Nike commercials, and Nike Shoes named after him, as well as speaking gigs and donations. If he played and it failed, he’d lose the thing that feeds him. He’d have no football career, AND, he’d lose his case in the court of public opinion and no longer be viewed as a viable marketing tool, and there would be no public virtue signaling benefit for corporations to donate etc. So for all of Antonio Brown’s missteps, he’s got a point here. His point about Kaepernick having grown up living the good life is just good for LOLZ.

  39. You know you are a sad sack when AB disses you and everyone agrees with him

  40. One specific portion of the fan base. It’s called the Heavy Majority. Only the agenda folk think Kap had anything to offer when he left the 49ers.

  41. Nobody is “aligning themselves with AB”. He’s clearly right in this case. Kaepernick took the money and joined the witness protection plan.

    In stark contrast you see a QB like Alex Smith have his job taken 3 times, only to persevere and fight a near leg amputation just to rehab and get back on the field. Both are middle-tier QBs….but only one has the mindset of a team player/captain. Kaepernick LLC is a fraud and AB pointed it out.

  42. These podcast hosts are creeps to bring on AB. They know he’ll just spout a lot of incomprehensible nonsense, and that he seems to be suffering from some form of mental illness, but they do it anyway because they’ll get publicity. It’s like the old-time circus freak shows, and it’s no less a disgusting bit of exploitation.

  43. This pretty much upholds the million monkeys principle. Eventually something was going fall out of his mouth that wasn’t wrong.

  44. The NFL has proven time and again that if the player’s talent level is high enough…..they’ll put up with any sin or distraction.

    See Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Adrian Peterson, Tyreek Hill and most recently….DeShaun Watson.

    The NFL has also proven that once a player’s talent level has slipped below the perceived distraction factor….they’re history.

    See Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Chris Cook, Jeff Gladney, Henry Ruggs, Tim Tebow, etc.

    What Kaepernick did was not all that egregious. Certainly not compared to what a lot of other players have done. And certainly in this day & age, protesting on behalf of equal rights for minorities is actually championed….not vilified. Heck, the NFL prints “End Racism” in the endzones.

    Bottom-line, if teams thought Kaepernick had enough talent to win some games…they would have signed him. It’s a combination of a lack of QB talent and Kaep’s willingness to be a backup. He changed his tune recently, but before that he was determined to only accept a starting role and 20M+ a year.

  45. mhouser1922 says:
    May 6, 2022 at 12:12 pm
    Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest systemic racism and rampant police brutality in minority neighborhoods, two huge problems afflicting America. He angered the owners, who saw his action as an attack on their bottom lines, and a large swath of NFL fans. He knew he would be severely criticized by the ignorant masses and likely blackballed by the owners. Yet, in the face of these probable reactions, he decided still to draw attention to these problems that are much larger than the profits of whining billionaires or the outcome of any athletic contest. What does that make Kaepernick? An American hero, principled and brave, willing to sacrifice for a greater cause. He is a role model for anyone who strives to make America a better place.
    ————————-
    You’re entire argument is predicated on the belief that Kaepernick was blackballed for kneeling. And no other reasons. Here’s where your arguments teeters over…..dozens of players kneeled for the anthem including his best buddy Eric Reid. And those players kept playing. Answer me this: If kneeling is the reason Kaepernick wasn’t allowed to play, why did Eric Reid keep playing? Why did dozens of other players keep playing?

  46. Sounds like AB is looking for a job on tv spouting his bs. That’s the only reason for his stream of mindless nonsense. Hey, look at me! I have opinions! Hire me!

  47. Sorting through the jumble of AB’s thoughts – although poorly articulated – he’s totally correct!

  48. Both are out of the league and both deserve it. I’m glad they are both gone and I only hope they can never come back.

  49. Kap doesn’t want to play. The dude sabotaged his own workout. I do think he wld have played in the NFL again if his expectations were a heck of a lot lower and his GF didn’t tick off some ppl. I have no sympathy for Kap.

  50. Kaepernick has done plenty through his Know Your Rights group.
    ————————
    Please explain EXACTLY what his group has done……

  51. I laugh at every one of these articles. The man with a white mother and black father (who abandoned them) refuses to ever meet them. He was raised by rich white parents. Yet for some reason he’s the media’s poster boy for “injustice”, all while laughing his way to the bank.

  52. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    May 6, 2022 at 2:11 pm
    AB needs to keep Kaepernick’s name out of his mouth

    ————————————-
    Yeah, it damages his credibility right?

  53. lets see, AB is a self destructing idiot and Kap isn’t and never was a franchise QB. If he was he’d be in the NFL, kneeling or not. Both are just trying to stay relevent.

  54. Kaepernick Is more like Russell Wilson(BLA BLA LOOK AT ME BLA BLA)! Either those guys is not that great.

  55. Who the hell put a quarter in AB and wound him up? Dude is a clown. Needs to lesrn when to shut that problem hole beneath his nose.

  56. Just like Kap was entitled to exercise his rights by putting his opinion on the Public stage; AB is entitled to voice his opinion. I am just not sure most people think AB has any credibility.

  57. Kap is all about Kap. People forget he had a team, he had a job, his skills declined, and when a white HC benched him behind a white QB, the racial injustice protest was born. People also forget Kap wore a permanent grin when he stole the job from Alex Smith. He was the happiest man alive but now the grin is gone and the protest snowballed into a global facade to hide the fact it was really all about Kap.

  58. Kaepernick took the honorable and patriotic path by protesting social injustice. He, like many activists, was willing to endure the consequences. The decision to punish Kaepernick was enhanced by the political grandstanding of Trump and Pence. Their involvement was a cynical ploy to further divide the country and protect their frightful campaign. Kaepernick has had a significant influence on the NFL’s social justice effort. If not for Kaepernick and George Floyd, NFL endzones would not say end racism. (Please read mhouser1922’s post).

  59. Kaepernick has been effectively demonized for peacefully protesting social injustice. He did not come from a poor background, but why does that matter? He’s was speaking for others and raising awareness of a prominent issue in minority communities.

    No one has to agree with his position, but plenty seem to be able to read his mind and decide that “he doesn’t want to play”, or ask “what has he done?” as though they’ve made any kind of effort to look into Kaepernick’s activities.

    Many don’t care and don’t want to know because Kaepernick has become an all-purpose boogeyman for a certain crowd. We should all remember that few issues are truly black and white, there are grey areas and nuances that can’t be summarized or explained in soundbites.

    At the very least I wish more people would acknowledge that peaceful protest is a right we have in this country. As soon as we start arguing against that right, then what do we want this country to become?

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