Social Justice: Kaepernick Won’t Be Back in the NFL
So much for the social justice agenda as it pertains to Colin Kaepernick.
His career in the NFL is over.
As Lifezette wrote,
Colin Kaepernick’s phone has been silent this offseason, according to reports. Considering his poor stats as a quarterback and the endless controversy surrounding the former 49ers player, it will likely stay that way.
Don’t think for one second that the social justice warriors admit defeat. Just because NFL owners avoid more triage by ignoring Kaepernick, the anti-America Left continues to press.
The Lifezette article continues:
Yet some sportswriters still keep bringing Kaepernick’s name into the conversation.
Even though the NFL has moved on from the man who started the national anthem-kneeling protests in the league — the media haven’t.
On Tuesday, the Miami New Times ran a column about why the Miami Dolphins need to sign Kaepernick in order to turn their franchise’s image around — seriously.
Author Ryan Yousefi wrote:
It’s truly embarrassing for the NFL, and the Dolphins individually, that Kaepernick — a young, strong, and mobile quarterback who led a team to the Super Bowl only a few years ago — doesn’t get as much as a workout or a phone call, while a guy like Mike Glennon gets an $8 million deal in an offseason after the Bears gave him $18.5 million to win one game and get benched for a rookie. [Former Fins quarterback Chad] Henne has thrown only a few passes in the past couple years, yet teams are fighting for his services. How does any of this make sense?
The NFL must save its image by hiring the man who destroyed its image?
I love Yousefi’s use of Kaepernick’s past to justify his argument. But if that wasn’t enough, then why not denigrate other NFLers in support of the has-been kneeler?
But according to the article, Yousefi isn’t the only social justice sportswriter warrior:
He is also not the only sportswriter, and that publication is not the only outlet calling for a team to sign Kaepernick. In the past month, ESPN and The Washington Post have done the same.
ESPN decided Kaepernick is a good backup quarterback option for the pass-first Oakland Raiders because he’s athletic. Sure, he’s athletic, but he’s not a particularly great football player. In 2016, he went 1-10 in 11 games starting for the San Francisco 49ers and got benched twice in favor of Blaine Gabbert, who spent the 2017 season as the third-string quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.
Plus, Kaepernick fumbled nine times and posted a 49.3 QBR (quarterback rating), which ranked 23rd among 30 qualified NFL quarterbacks. It’s a competitive league, so teams typically move on quickly from athletes like Kaepernick.
At the beginning of the month, The Washington Post ran a column entitled “Why Colin Kaepernick May Be Just What the NFL Needs.”
The piece said, in part:
Might a choice for Kaepernick — even as a backup QB — be seen as a socially progressive stand, distinguishing one franchise from the other 31 to a new, diverse, and younger audience? Could a team become an “employer of choice” in a league where African-American talent dominates? With viewership on the decline and the average viewer age of 50, the NFL, as a whole, should act soon.
The NFL witnessed a 15 percent drop in viewership.
Some could argue that the league was losing audience all on its own, and they would be right. However, such a huge dropoff was undoubtedly tied to Kaepernick.
And along with TV viewership, ticket sales were down nearly 1,000 fans per game this past season. According to Fox Sports, television revenue dropped by around $500 million.
More than one survey cited players kneeling in protest of the anthem as their reason for abandoning the game. I know that’s the reason I stopped watching. Further, I know many of my friends who did the same.
On that note, I predict the NFL will experience another bad season for both TV viewership and ticket sales. The public won’t forget how the NFL, a supposed America-loving meritocracy succumbed to political correctness in the most heinous of ways.
From the first “openly gay” football player to the anti-cop support of Black Lives Matter, the NFL lost its way. The league allowed one petulant mediocre quarterback vying for a spot to dictate its direction. And Kaepernick sales the ship over the waterfall.
The fact is, if Kaepernick never kneeled, he’d likely have a job. He would be no more than a backup. But he would remain a moderate success story earning millions of dollars to watch other people play. And when his career ended for other reasons, Kaepernick would have life after football to look forward to.
But Kaepernick rolled the dice and bet against America. Needless to say, he rolled craps.