Colin Kaepernick's Safe Space
|Original Post: Branco Cartoon - San Francisco Forty-Whiner|
Colin Kaepernick has officially become one of the most hated people in America. Kaepernick's protest against the "oppressive" United States of America hasn't sat well with many red-blooded Americans. Many took to Twitter to let Colin Kaepernick-and the world-know exactly where he can shove his whiny little protest.
@Kaepernick7 you're a piece of shit on and off the field.— Zach Garrison (@Metalfan27Zach) August 29, 2016
@Kaepernick7 fuck you bitch! Hope you get a knee blow out! Hoping for your pain ever snap!— True American (@pokeslope) August 29, 2016
I hope Colin Kaepernick falls off a roller coaster and breaks every bone in his body— Alex Payton (@apayton5) August 29, 2016
@Kaepernick7 it takes alot 2 piss me off & I try not 2 hate but u made it impossible. Biggest cunt in sports right now. Even over lochte— Steven Jones (@StevenJrock) August 29, 2016
There is one big difference between Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Lochte. Turns out that Lochte really WAS telling the truth about being robbed.
I really don't understand why everyone is so mad @Kaepernick7 ....he's just practicing what he will be doing all season lol#RidingDatBench— Elliott (@EBlack34) August 29, 2016
This one's my personal favorite.
Of course not everyone hates Colin Kaepernick with the fire of a thousand suns. Kaepernick has his share of twits supporting his decision to take a stand...err...sit down. Whatever.
sad to see @Kaepernick7 birth mom shading him on twitter , instead of standing by his side 😒 she was never real to begin with 💯— g (@gxlashon_) August 29, 2016
I imagine she's thinking she would have raised him to show more respect.
@Kaepernick7 I pray every football player in the league followed your example it is greatly appreciated and Muhammad Ali like— Gemmie Smith (@gemmie_smith) August 29, 2016
Take a stand...by sitting on your ass!
The real question, though, is what do the 49ers, and the NFL, think of Kaepernick's little protest? Coach Chip Kelly, and NFL vice president of communications Brian McCarthy decided to weigh in:
If Colin Kaepernick continues to sit during pregame national anthems, 49ers coach Chip Kelly won't object."We recognize his right to do that," Kelly said during a media conference call Saturday. "It's not my right to tell him not to do something. That's his right as a citizen."
The NFL also weighed in on Saturday, saying that Kaepernick did not violate any league policy by not standing with his teammates during the anthem before Friday night's exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium.
Brian McCarthy, the NFL's vice president of communications, emailed a statement that said, "Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem."
No surprise that the NFL wouldn't have an issue with Kaepernick sitting during the National Anthem. The NFL as an organization has been trending to the left of center for years. I would think that the 49ers, though, would be somewhat embarrassed about all of the negative publicity their quarterback has received. Especially since it's very likely he'll be starting yet another season on the bench. It seems that Colin Kapernick just isn't that great of a football player:
Colin Kaepernick played in a football game for the first time in 292 days Friday night.And he looked like a quarterback playing for the first time in 292 days.Kaepernick’s attempts to shake off nine-plus months of rust were overwhelmingly unsuccessful in the 49ers’ 21-10 preseason loss to the Packers at Levi’s Stadium. He completed 2 of 6 passes for 14 yards in three possessions, which netted one first down and three punts. His last three passes, all incompletions, were either batted down or tipped by Green Bay defenders.On a night when the 49ers managed 11 first downs and 195 yards, head coach Chip Kelly offered that Kaepernick was “up and down, I think, like all of us offensively.”The obvious conclusion: Blaine Gabbert will start the regular-season opener against the Rams on Sept. 12.
Colin Kaepernick, for his part, is unrepentant and has stated he will continue to sit until...something happens:
Two days after sparking a national conversation in the wake of his decision to sit during the pre-game performance of the national anthem Friday night, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn't changing his tune.Addressing reporters from his locker at the team's training facility for nearly 20 minutes Sunday, Kaepernick, who's sat during The Star Spangled Banner for each of the Niners' preseason games so far, said: "I'll continue to sit. ... I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change, and when there's significant change — and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way it's supposed to — I'll stand."
Someone should ask Kaepernick what he thinks "significant change" would cause him to stand for the National Anthem. I'll bet his entire NFL contract he's got zero idea what that would look like. I imagine he'd mouth some vague platitudes about black lives mattering, racism, and social justice.
Until that happens Kaepernick will keep riding the bench...err...protesting from his safe space.