Is the NFL 'blackballing' Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid? | The Tylt
Is the NFL 'blackballing' Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid?
Kaepernick became a lightning rod for controversy last season after his national anthem protest sparked similar protests by athletes across the country. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand for the national anthem because he wasn't okay with being forced to "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color." It was a move that many fans, players, and analysts denounced as "disrespectful." It was also a stance that garnered a lot of sympathy with people of color.
The NFL doesn't like its players rocking the boat, or bringing distractions to the team. Quarterbacks who have been less vocal than Kaepernick have been signed by teams with needs at the position. Kaepernick actually showed signs of improvement last season, so it is interesting to see that teams aren't publicly interested in attaining his services.
The former 49ers quarterback is now filing a grievance through the collective bargaining agreement alleging the NFL owners are colluding against him to deny him employment. This is the first legal action taken by Kaepernick, and he has a big mountain to climb to prove the owners are against him.
Do you think he is being blackballed by the league?
Eric Reid say he's being blackballed by association.
The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I’ve protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous. If you think is, then your mindset is part of the problem too.
Ryan Fitzpatrick finished last season completing 56.6 percent of his passes, and throwing for 12 touchdowns against 16 interceptions. Kaepernick, on the other hand, completed 59.2 percent of his passes, throwing for 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. If you were an NFL executive, wouldn’t you attempt to sign the best player available? Apparently not, since Fitzpatrick is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Kaepernick is out of work.
Kaepernick’s kneeling protest is clearly hurting his job prospects in the NFL. Teams are choosing inferior quarterbacks who will stay silent and just play football. Kaepernick hasn’t been accused of murder or killed dogs, and yet Michael Vick had an easier time finding a job. Kaepernick shouldn’t be ignored because he is socially conscious.
There is no conspiracy against Colin Kaepernick because he is “woke.” Teams aren’t signing him because he’s not a good quarterback.
Kaepernick’s legs are still his greatest asset. However, with passing becoming an integral part of offenses across the league, Colin’s inability to throw at a high volume hurts him. Of the regular starters in the league, Kaepernick ranks near the bottom in yards per game, and yards per attempt.
In this pass-happy league, a dual-threat quarterback that can’t throw consistently will not find a job. It has nothing to do with his politics. Kaepernick can’t find a job because he’s just not good.