Colin Kaepernick is Bad for Business
Colin Kaepernick is the hottest topic of the NFL offseason. All 32 NFL teams have spent the past months with egg on their faces from not signing him.
Criticism has been swirling since the Miami Dolphins chose to sign former Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler to a one year $10 million deal with $3 million in incentives. It was even reported that former NFL QB and current minor league Mets player Tim Tebow was called to see if he was interested in the vacancy. Cutler retired from the NFL to pursue a broadcasting career while Tim Tebow hasn’t played for an NFL team since being a backup in Philadelphia, where he didn’t even make the team.
However, back in November 2016, Kaepernick was sporting a Fidel Castro shirt during a media interaction while in Miami. It was met with great disdain from the community and beyond as the Miami population has a strong Cuban influence, where Fidel Castro, former dictator of the nation, isn’t the most welcomed name or image in people’s minds. The Dolphins, in the end, made the better QB choice when it came to an image standard.
Kaepernick was linked to the Baltimore Ravens for some time but in the end that hasn’t come to anything. Even the New York Jets, with a preseason ranking of 32 according to ESPN, haven’t reached out to Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick’s talent alone surpasses all of the current Jets’ QBs combined. All of this can lead to a conclusion that the NFL has “blackballed” Colin Kaepernick from having any chance to play QB in the NFL again. But the question is, who’s more in fault, Kaepernick or the NFL owners?
When it comes to the issue Kaepernick was addressing, there is no fault found in him. Police brutality and tolerant prejudice is an issue that’s deep within the United States. When it comes to football, and within it publicity, image, and commitment, Kaepernick is showing he’s more devoted to the cause than the game. That’s what’s deterring teams from signing him. It’s the fear he’ll only use the roster spot as a platform for protest and not for a chance at a Super Bowl ring. It’s a rational fear, but one that still can’t hold enough merit. As much as Kaepernick has a well established, valid protest, he doesn’t have the means to make a team better through it. He’s a good quarterback, but not outside the locker room to the NFL owners. His actions from the Fidel Castro shirt, to the practice socks depicting pigs dressed as police officers, and the kneeling during the National Anthem, have made Colin Kaepernick a cancer to owners who want to show a proud stance in American traditions regarding the flag.
When the President of the United States makes a stance against an individual’s protest, it will surely resonate with the nation. People across the country debated on kneeling during the National Anthem, protests in sports, and where Kaepernick stood among the chaos. In the end, Kaepernick is on the losing side. He may have support behind his protest, but he doesn’t have support in the NFL front offices. Teams who have no excuse to pass up on him, are choosing to endure a season of defeat rather than give a player and a team a fighting chance.
Colin Kaepernick is bad for business when it comes to football, so no matter how right he is, when it comes to football, owners are saying to him, the media, and the fans, keep it off the football field.
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