SportCenter’s Stephen Smith wasn’t at all pleased with former NFL star turned activist Colin Kaepernick last weekend after Kaepernick essentially spit in the face of the league that had rolled out the red carpet with team scouts and media just for him in order to get him back into the game.
As I wrote earlier this week, three hours before the workout was to take place at the Atlanta Falcons’ stadium, Kaepernick pulled out over disagreements with the NFL, such as wanting his own receivers and media personnel. Despite having these disagreements days beforehand, Kaepernick waited until just hours before the event was to take place to pull this stunt.
Smith, seeing through Kaepernick, uploaded a video to social media saying that Kaepernick doesn’t really want to play, he wants to be a martyr.
Naturally, Kaepernick die-hards lost their minds, calling Smith a traitor online. Smith, who was supportive of Kaepernick’s kneeling, didn’t take this kindly.
Smith made it clear what he was talking about when he called Kaepernick a martyr, but it wasn’t an apology. It was more making those who attacked him after his video feel stupid for assuming he didn’t believe in the cause Kaepernick is purportedly supporting.
While on EPSN, Smith went into a rant calling those who came after him “idiots.”
“When I sit up there, and I sat here yesterday, and I spoke about how his points are eradicated, I’m not talking about the kneeling. I’m not talking about the protesting. I’m a black man, you idiots! You think I have a problem with a man that is kneeling and protesting racial oppression and police brutality? Do you know anything about my history in 25 years in this damn business? From The New York Daily News to the Philadelphia Inquirer to CNN to Fox to ESPN. Do you have any idea about my damn background and the fights that I have taken on the behalf of African Americans throughout this nation’s history? Do you have any idea who the hell you are talking about?”
Listen to this, Damnit! pic.twitter.com/o8W8ZFWZ3x
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 19, 2019
Smith may have forgotten that, to the social justice obsessed left, Kaepernick is somewhere between deity and infallible hero. Questioning him in any regard is akin to committing a grave sin. There can be no reasoning about it.
To be clear, Smith was correct. Kaepernick isn’t concerned about playing ball, he’s concerned about his own spectacle. Smith rightfully pointed out that every single one of Kaepernick’s moves regarding the practice was done in order to make a media splash.
It’s my theory that not only does Kaepernick have no real love of the game, but he also doesn’t even really believe in what he stands up for. Judging by his actions, he seems more concerned with the limelight than the issues. He could do far more for the black community by being an NFL star and making a change from his platform, but instead, he continues to rely on dramatics, and play the victim.
A tip of the hat to Smith for not cowering in the face of the mob.
The good news is that it’s likely that this latest stunt has put Kaepernick in a tough position. His star could have risen again had he wandered back into the NFL, but he chose headlines over the game.