By claiming to be ‘taking a stand’ for Soros-funded #BlackLivesMatter, Colin Kaepernick may have only been looking out for himself.
Up until Saturday morning, with the exception of NFL fans and ESPN watchers, many Americans had never heard of San Francisco’s #2 quarterback and multi-millionaire Colin Kaepernick.
However, as news traveled across the airwaves and internet after Mr. Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem during Friday night’s pre-season game, it seems he has become very well known.
Kaepernick’s explained his refusal to stand for the National Anthem as follows:
“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.”
Obviously, sensing the very public backlash, his team scrambled to put out a lukewarm response:
The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick’s decision: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
Whether or not it is or is not Mr. Kaepernick’s “right” to refuse to stand during the National Anthem (it is his right, by the way), is almost beside the point.
Kaepernick refusing to stand for natl anthem is his right. Here's a Marine, who can't stand, because he defended it pic.twitter.com/mLjTUPQ2pm
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) August 27, 2016
Rather, it is Mr. Kaepernick’s statement that America is “oppressive” and his siding with the Soros-funded anti-police astro-turf group Black Lives Matter that is laughable—especially given Mr. Kaepernick’s obvious lack of oppression.
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.
Kaepernick says he is “proud” to stand up for his beliefs, even if he is dropped from the 49ers or his sponsors leave him.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Although, according to sports writer Vinnie Iyer, Kaepernick is on “thin ice” with the 49ers, his conclusion that Kaepernick “just put his future with the team on a lot thinner ice” is likely wrong.
In an interview earlier this week, he suggested that his relationship with San Francisco’s general manager, Trent Baalke, was stone cold. Kaepernick just put his future with the team on a lot thinner ice after making the organization and the higher-ups even less happy with him.
It is doubtful that either the 49ers or his sponsors will drop Kaepernick.
By his putting himself in the center of a race-based controversy makes it more difficult for either his sponsors or the 49ers to drop Colin Kaepernick…at least for the time being.
In this, the age of hyper-racism charges, if either the 49ers or his sponsors drop him, they will be accused of racism against a man who ‘stood up for his beliefs’ and against ‘oppression.’
Perhaps that is what Mr. Kaepernick planned all along?
Meanwhile, expectedly, there has been a fairly substantial backlash on talk radio and the internet.
I don't believe #ColinKaepernick is genuine. He's a pouty, malcontent, trying to force a trade. Could've taken a "stand" much sooner.
— I Play With Jackman (@IPlayWithTrucks) August 28, 2016
https://t.co/68WCTWCH9d He has no "right" to do this while employed by 49ers. Make him stand or cut him for conduct detrimental to the team.
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) August 27, 2016
"Well, Colin, here’s my salute to you. Here’s my salute to you…sitting while you pee for the rest of your life." https://t.co/QLvycw1XFm
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) August 27, 2016
Kaepernick could do us all a big favor by explaining what other country provides a path resembling the one he took. https://t.co/aY77ya6ZRk
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) August 27, 2016