Anti-American radical Colin Kaepernick just won’t go away.
After sparking the unpatriotic protests that have unfortunately spread like wildfire, Kaepernick has remained in the public eye despite not being on a roster.
Now Kaepernick is taking his ridiculous crusade to the extreme.
Colin Kaepernick is suing the NFL for colluding against him and keeping him out of the league.
The federal lawsuit filed by attorney Mark Geragos in a California court alleges that the 32 NFL franchises “colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.” The litigation seeks an NFL arbitration hearing for the free agent.
Rather than suing the National Football League, the plaintiff should sue himself and double as the defendant. Kaepernick opted out of a $17 million salary in San Francisco. The lawsuit merely notes that the quarterback “became a free agent on or around March 3, 2017.” It neglects to say how he became a free agent. The 49ers did not cut him. The league did not suspend him. Colin Kaepernick willingly walked away.
Now he complains that he can’t walk back in on what he walked away from. Blame his poor decision-making as a businessman. Blame his deteriorating skills on the gridiron. Don’t blame the teams that refused to accede to ridiculous contract demands and second his unrealistic self-assessment.
Kaepernick won one of the eleven games he started in 2016. He completed 59.2 percent of his passes. He fumbled nine times. His 16-4 touchdown-to-interceptions ratio stands alone among his stats in looking pretty good. He isn’t his former self and he isn’t number one on any depth chart in the NFL.
His vegan diet meant coming into camp last season looking like Friday from Treasure Island. He seemed more interested in making political statements than playing football, wearing socks depicting policemen as pigs here, donning a shirt bearing Fidel Castro’s image there. Football, behind his hairdo, celebrity girlfriend, and random political mutterings, seemed to lack priority status.
Despite all this, the lawsuit holds: “It is no longer a statistical anomaly but instead a statistical impossibility that Mr. Kaepernick has not been employed or permitted to try out for any NFL team since the initiation of his free agency period.”
When you’re Muhammad Ali knocking out Sonny Liston and George Foreman, you can make wild statements and fans still love you. When you go 1-10 as a quarterback, you can’t. Ultimately, fans care about winning, which works as a get-of-jail-free card for everything. Nobody in the stadium cares about who you voted for or what socks you wear. They care about Ws and Ls. And Kaepernick delivered just one of the former to ten of the latter last season. That’s not a formula for NFL longevity, particularly when you reorient all of your teammates’ thoughts to something unrelated to football.
Colin Kaepernick possesses better skills than a sizable number of NFL backups. But when you imagine yourself a starter and demand a starter’s paycheck, your suitors take a knee. This proves especially true when the quarterback under consideration ranks as—that most endangered species on a professional football field—a distraction (see, Tim Tebow).
When you make your statement on the sidelines rather than the field, do not feign surprise once you permanently watch the field from the sidelines.
The lawsuit is the height of arrogance. It assumes the league owes Kaepernick a job. It doesn’t.
Teams have every right to sign or not sign Kaepernick. The teams decided he wasn’t worth the headache. He’s been a thorn in the side while sitting at home.
Imagine how obnoxious he would be answering questions everyday while the team is focusing on winning the next game.
In spite of this frivolous lawsuit, Kaepernick’s actions suggest he’s more focused on activism than actually returning to football.
After working out with the Seahawks, Kaepernick retweeted a message that was disparaging of Pete Carroll, the Seahawks’ head coach.
While being considered for a job with the Ravens, Kaepernick’s girlfriend tweeted a disgusting picture that insulted Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti and team ambassador Ray Lewis.
For a guy who’s eager to get back in the league, his actions say otherwise.
Besides, why is Kaepernick in such a hurry to play in a “racist” league?
This is just his latest publicity stunt. It’s also the desperate throes of a man who knows his playing career is over.