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The NFL Deserves Kaepernick

The NFL Deserves Kaepernick

How do you know the NFL isn’t filled with a bunch of “plantation mentality” owners? They let Colin Kaepernick go free.

The NFL and Kaepernick are a match made in heaven, as far as I’m concerned. The Bleacher Report announced that the former 49ers quarterback hired high-powered attorney Mark Geragos to file a grievance lawsuit against the owners of the NFL for “collusion” under the latest collective bargaining agreement. Who didn’t see this coming?

I stopped watching the NFL the moment the league allowed Kaepernick to get away with kneeling during our national anthem. I went through withdrawals initially, but today I couldn’t care less if I ever see another game. I’m glad to see so many others are finally following suit. In my case, it won’t be enough if the NFL decides to implement a rule that prevents players from kneeling during the anthem. I won’t watch until “social justice” is rooted out of the league, at least while we’re watching. What the players do outside of “work” is their own business, but when they’re on the job they have a duty to make their fans happy – via uniting us, entertaining us and giving us a place to escape. Like it or not, that’s what they’re there for, and they’re rewarded handsomely for it ($1.9 million annually for your average player. Average!)

According to Bleacher Report, “Kaepernick opted out of his contract at the conclusion of last season with the expectation he would find a new landing spot but has not gotten a new deal and has received surprisingly little interest compared to how well he played last season. He finished the year with 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 12 games.”

What convenient supporters of Kaepernick may forget is that he played well last year because former 49ers head coach Chip Kelly ran an offense specifically designed to fit his skill set. There was no need for him to be terribly accurate with his throwing because he ran so much or threw short passes. Most NFL teams want nothing to do with the so-called “wildcat” offense. They want a quarterback that can sit in the pocket and throw, because its proven to work better over time.

To argue that owners colluded against Kaepernick is silly. They observed his play over the years and determined he wasn’t good enough to run their offense. Is he good enough to be a backup? I suppose so. But, who wants to put up with all of the media distractions that will come with signing him as a backup?! Tim Tebow was treated no differently when owners felt like his level of play didn’t warrant another NFL contract. Since he wasn’t a half-black social-justice activist like Kaepernick, I suppose Tebow’s teammates didn’t see a need to kneel.

The NFL, under Commissioner Roger Goodell, could’ve put a stop to this kneeling nonsense long ago by suspending Kaepernick and making it emphatically clear that there would be now kneeling during our national anthem. Instead, they capitulated to a guy that had his shot in the NFL and failed. As a result, they’re getting what they deserve, declining viewership and being sued.