Since 49’ers QB Colin Kaepernick choose to sit during the National Anthem there’s been a non-stop fire storm across the country regarding his actions.
Since the”sit-in” other NFL players, including Denver Broncos Brandon Marshall, have jumped on that band wagon in solidarity with Kaepernick, his actions and his reasons for the Flag protest.
The Seattle Seahawks, in the boldest move to date, are planning their own demonstration on the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. I am not going to talk about the complete and total disrespect any player would be showing our country on this sacred day. If I did, my thoughts and words would be more of anger and disgust, than of rational thought.
Since Colin Kaepernick pretty much was the catalyst of this whole mess, I’m going to focus on his explanation of his “sit-in”. When he released a statement to the NFL media as to why he abstained from showing respect to the flag and to country I couldn’t help but to notice the extreme irony and hypocrisy of his protest.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
First lets look at his statement about showing pride in a flag.
The irony that the very symbol of the freedoms in our country including the First Amendment is the subject of protest does not escape me. Over the years I have seen citizens of this country burn, desecrate, and disrespect the flag for a multitude of reasons. Though there is US Code protecting our flag from such action.
The US Supreme Court has ruled it is a First Amendment right to be able to Constitutionally express one’s self in such a manner. That ruling effectively gives one the right to destroy the very symbol representing that right and all rights afforded to the citizens of this nation. That is extreme irony if I have ever seen it.
Second, Kaepernick flatly states the country, his country, “oppresses black people and people of color” and goes on to say it would be selfish for him to “look the other way“.
However, he and other players are looking the other way when it comes to the freedoms, privilege, and opportunities this country has afforded all Americans regardless of color or race. This includes the “oppressive” salaries these players receive.
At the website Spotrac.com which tracks contract agreements, salaries, bonuses, caps and transactions of our professional athletes, I have found a little of that “oppression” to sink some hypocritical teeth into.
- Colin Kaepernick signed a 6 year, $114,000,000 contract with the San Francisco 49ers, including a $12,328,766 signing bonus, $61,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $19,000,000. In 2016, Kaepernick will earn a base salary of $11,900,000, a roster bonus of $2,000,000 and a workout bonus of $400,000. Kaepernick has a cap hit of $15,890,753 while his dead money value is $19,697,260.
- Brandon Marshall signed a 4 year, $32,000,000 contract with the Denver Broncos, including a $10,000,000 signing bonus, $20,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $8,000,000. In 2016, Marshall will earn a base salary of $2,553,000 and a signing bonus of $10,000,000. Marshall has a cap hit of $4,553,000 while his dead money value is $12,553,000.
- Seattle Seahawks contracts for their active players range from 87.6 million to $450,000.
I wont even get into the thousands of African-Americans and minority men & women who are famous, high-ranking, iconic, cultural giants, and respected individuals that not only made this country what it is, but if it wasn’t for this country, may have never risen to the status that has made them great.
However, if you listen and believe the statements of Kaepernick and other athletes, you may believe that our country is a mirror image of some of the most oppressive nations on the planet.
Finally let’s address the hypocrisy of the line “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder“.
We live in a nation where an individual is innocent until proven guilty. Mr. Kaepernick seems to have a problem with the idea of Law Enforcement being placed on paid administrative leave after an officer involved shooting and while it is being investigated.
The majority of all our police are afforded that right through contractual agreements with the Police Departments they work for and which the Police Unions negotiate those contracts. Teachers unions, and many other private and public sector unions have similar provisions in their contracts regarding paid administrative leave during circumstances regarding criminal and civil investigations.
Guess what other organization continues to honor contractual agreements regarding monies to individuals even when they are being investigated for criminal and civil violations?
If you said the NFL, then you got the question right. However, if your Colin Kaepernick, or any other player in the league who forgot to mention that little tidbit, you may be a hypocrite.
USAToday has compiled a database of NFL players who have been arrested, detained, charged and indicted since January of 2000. The numbers are staggering.
I wonder how many of those athletes immediately got their contracts voided, money flow taken away, and were left unemployed during any and all of these investigations, incidents and court proceedings. I will leave that answer up to those in the NFL who are complaining about paid administrative leave for police officers.
So I say to the professional athletes who are choosing to stand with Kaepernick by abstaining respecting our flag and our nation, maybe you should take a hard long look at our history, our freedoms, and your own house before you choose this type of protest.
“People who live in glass houses should not throw stones, or footballs for that matter”
On November 9th, 2016 the day after the election it was learned that Colin Kaepernick DID NOT take part in voting in the 2016 Presidential election. This fact did not go unnoticed and was addressed by Stephen A. Smith during the ESPN show First Take. Stephen’s rant is EPIC!
“For him not to vote…as far as I’m concerned, everything he said meant absolutely nothing!”
— First Take (@FirstTake) November 9, 2016
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