The Problem With Kaepernick’s Political Views: He Plays Football
Maybe Colin Kaepernick is in the wrong league.
Last season Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, has launched a nationwide debate as he knelt during the national anthem before the games, to clarify police violence and racial injustice. Now, a free agent, who has not been able to find a job, which led to speculation that teams avoid because of their controversial position.
If Kaepernick was a basketball player, things could be different. In N.B.A., the largest stars regularly share their views on a series of thorny social problems. Top coaches including Steve Kerr Gold State Warriors and Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs have criticized the president of Trump. League commissioner Adam Silver has been widely praised for permanently ousting Donald Sterling, the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, who was captured on tape using racist language.
But Kaepernick trying to get a job in the N.F.L., full-fledged league players who proudly speak the line and head down. Coaches and team owners have an almost allergic reaction to the resolution of political problems. Commissioner Roger Goodell often speaks of patriotism. Some leagues spend so much time for the race on the flag.
Remember N.F.L. The teams have offered million-dollar contracts to players convicted of animal abuse, domestic violence and other transgressions. Kaepernick has apparently taken an unchanging line, and now pays a price when teams employ fellow safeguards and young quarterbacks, have not been judged against someone, a few years ago, led his team to the Super Bowl.