AP Writer: Colin Kaepernick is Owed a Football Contract, and Players Should Strike 'til He Gets One



Colin Kaepernick — a man I believe is well-intentioned.

He started a revolution in the NFL by kneeling to protest an epidemic that, according to studies, did not exist.

Many others followed suit. Hence, abysmal numbers for the NFL and an all-around mess.

Fast-forward to Kaepernick having all the time in the world to kneel, unencumbered by the opportunity to play professional football.

AP writer Paul Newberry wants Colin to have less time to protest and more time to run and toss a ball: He suggests the league’s social justice warriors go on strike until somebody — anybody — hires Kaepernick and fellow knee-taker Eric Reid.

Newberry recommends:

“Maybe a one-day sickout during training camp. Or kneeling en masse before the first game. Perhaps, as a last resort, they should consider an actual strike.”

Despite criticism from many, the media have praised Kaepernick as a hero of justice.

But that hasn’t offset the NFL’s bank account. Newberry believes Colin and Eric have been blocked out of the NFL due to the impact of their political activism:

“[The league’s unwillingness to hire them] is a clear warning to [the NFL’s] employees that only so much social activism will be tolerated even while it feigns a sense of respecting their desire to protest during the national anthem. If the NFL were really concerned about its players, it wouldn’t be denying these two their well-earned right to make a living. Rest assured, history won’t be kind when it looks back on the way Kaepernick and Reid were treated by the NFL.”

“Their well-earned right to make a living?” Colin Kaepernick is worth $20 million. The average individual annual income in the U.S. is $27,000 (to which, incidentally, no American has a “right”).

Therefore, if an average adult works from the ages of 25 to 75, Colin Kaepernick has already made 15 lifetime livings. 

So: make a living? Check.

Kaepernick agrees with Newberry’s assessment of the unfair NFL — he’s suing the league, and he may try to subpoena the President of the United States (read here).

And to be clear: No one has the “right” to earn money specifically by running around, jumping on top of each other in the grass, and kicking and tossing a projectile while people clap. That isn’t a right.

It seems to me everyone in the situation can express their opinions, and that’s fair. Football fans have the right to stay home — or change the channel — if players, in their view, disrespect the National Anthem. Oh — and if they wear socks portraying police officers as pigs.

AP Writer: Colin Kaepernick is Owed a Football Contract, and Players Should Strike 'til He Gets One

Just as Colin has the right to wear them.

But the right of anyone to make a living playing football? Odd claim.


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