Did the NFL 'blackball' Colin Kaepernick? | The Tylt
Did the NFL 'blackball' Colin Kaepernick?
Kaepernick became a lightning rod for controversy two seasons ago 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 (and arguably less talented) than Kaepernick have been signed by teams with needs at the position. Kaepernick actually showed signs of improvement in his last season, so it is interesting to see that teams aren't publicly interested in attaining his services.
The former 49ers quarterback settled his collusion grievance against the NFL. With a confidentiality agreement in place, we may never know what the real story is.
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. Reuben Foster was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List for alleged domestic violence and was still signed by the Washington Redskins. 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 just 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.