As we all may know, Colin Kaepernick has been making headlines everywhere due to his outspoken opinions on the civil rights of minorities – especially African Americans. Aside from that, he is no longer in the NFL. Some say he is no longer playing football because teams simply haven’t picked him up. Others say there is no coincidence. People feel he has been blackballed for caring about the police brutality black people and other minorities have faced.
Kaepernick Voices his Opinions
Now, why haven’t other NFL players who have clearly shown their political interests gone under such scrutiny? For example, Tom Brady voted for Donald Trump. This president has a reputation of not caring about the well-being of minorities. Not to mention some of the other backlash Trump has faced, such as the “locker room talk” scandal about groping and sexually harassing women.
Kaepernick has taken a knee during the national anthem, which is his right as an American citizen. Unless there was a clause in his contract about having to stand during the national anthem, there was no reason for him to be a threat. He has also worn socks that depict police as pigs, which caused much controversy. This goes back to how people should have the privilege of voicing their own opinions without it affecting their career.
Ready for the League, Again
Kaepernick has stated he is ready to play in the NFL again. When asked by civil rights activist Shaun King if he wanted to join the league again, Kaepernick said “I’m ready right now. Working out daily.” Tom Brady vouches for Colin as a great candidate for the league. Brady told CBS “I’ve always watched him and admired him, the way that he’s played. He was a great young quarterback, he came to our stadium and beat us, and took his team to the Super Bowl in 2012. He accomplished a lot in the pros, as a player, and he’s certainly qualified. I hope he gets a shot.”
The League Needs Kaepernick
With teams like the Cincinnati Bengals who have begun the season 0-2, there is an unmet need for a quality quarterback. Perhaps Kaepernick could have been of use during their game against Green Bay. The New York Post predicts that the conclusion of that game will be a 0-3 record for the Bengals. Whether Colin would be a good fit for the Bengals or not, he still deserves a shot to play in the NFL while simultaneously standing up for his beliefs.