The NFL has a rife history of controversies amongst its players: ranging from domestic assault, sexual assault, to even murder- no player has received a response by the public and by the NFL as an institution quite like Colin Kaepernick. It is indicative of where we are as a society when a man exercising his right to peaceful protest, a man who puts his money where his mouth is- is the one GMs reserve the title of a “disgrace to the NFL”? As a 29 year-old with four postseason wins under his belt, many question why he isn’t being signed, with film director Spike Lee joining the debate insinuating that the whole situation “smells fishy”.
Rich Cimini for ESPN writes:
“The New York J-E-T-S Need A Quarterback,” wrote Lee, who said he spoke with Kaepernick over brunch. “Who Is The J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In.”
Lee used his post to rail against the NFL for excluding Kaepernick, who ignited a firestorm last fall because he refused to stand for the national anthem as a way to protest social and racial issues.
Lee said it “Smells MAD Fishy To Me, Stinks To The High Heavens” that Kaepernick, who opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract, still doesn’t have a job.
It’s no secret the Jets are looking for a veteran quarterback. They spent the weekend wining and dining journeyman Josh McCown, 37, who left Sunday without a contract. The two sides will continue to talk. The Jets also remain interested in Jay Cutler and perhaps others in what is considered a weak free-agent QB class.
From all indications, the Jets have no desire to sign Kaepernick, despite the fact that he is only 29 and has four postseason wins on his résumé.
Jets owner Woody Johnson is a prominent GOP supporter who raised millions for Donald Trump. Last September, when asked how he’d feel if one of his players refused to stand for the anthem, Johnson said, “That wouldn’t be my first choice.”
Kaepernick will stand for the national anthem during the 2017 season, sources have told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Kaepernick no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created, sources said. The amount of national discussion on social inequality — as well as support from other athletes nationwide, including NFL and NBA players — affirmed the message he has tried to deliver.
Many GMs try to pass off the fact that Kaepernick remains unsigned to the fact that he will be a distraction to the team, and to the game. But the reality of it is that no one has the guts to show their support to a man who’s only fault was to fight for justice and equality in a way he only knew how. The blackballing of Colin Kaeperkick is a punishment he (especially as a Black man) is enduring for engaging in civil disobedience in an institution where he should “know his place” and simply serve to the masses.
(Article by Tasha Sharifa)