What’s the punishment for a famous and highly talented pro-athlete who chooses to take a stand (or a knee in Kaepernick’s case) on social justice issues? Apparently the penalty is the lost of millions of dollars in salary, the inability to find another team willing to hire you, and essentially being banished from the league.
At 29-years-old, Colin Kaepernick is still in the prime of his playing days as an NFL quarterback. A mere four-years-ago, Kaepernick was one of the starting qb’s in Super Bowl and his team came up 3-points short of being champs of the football world.
At a time when numerous Black people were being killed by American law enforcement personnel and the incidents were captured on camera, Kaepernick decided to speak up about the atrocities that were taking place. He started a protest by taking a knee when the American national anthem was being sung.
With his political stance, it appeared that Kaepernick had the NFL’s attention when the viewership of games started drastically declining. It now seems that the league has his attention because as teams enter the free agency period, he’s yet to hear of any interest from any team in the NFL and he’s still unemployed.
According to an anonymous AFC general manager, “He can still play at a high level.” But that still hasn’t translated into any employment offers. The same general manger said, “the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.”
What’s your thoughts on the Kaepernick situation? Is he pass his prime or has the league told him to shut up and play football…