The NFL still hasn’t fully recovered all the lost viewers after Colin Kaepernick’s anti-American anthem protest.
Liberal sports writers continue to portray Kaepernick as a civil rights icon.
But one NFL great infuriated Kaepernick supporters with one sentence.
Any time a backup quarterback signs a contract, Colin Kaepernick supporters bristle because he didn’t get that opportunity.
They were particularly furious when the Jacksonville Jaguars signed former quarterback Tim Tebow as a backup tight end.
But former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith had strong words for the detractors.
When asked about Kaepernick, Smith said, “We don’t need Kaepernick on our team.”
He added that Kaepernick would “divide our locker room.”
Smith is arguably the greatest player in Jaguars history.
He was one of the original players when they were an expansion franchise, and ended his career with 862 receptions, 12,287 yards, and 67 touchdowns.
If anyone has his pulse on the city and the franchise, it’s Smith.
Kaepernick would undoubtedly be a polarizing figure, especially when the organization just drafted Clemson Tigers quarterback number one overall.
Kaepernick’s radical positions and the media circus that would follow would be a disaster for a rebuilding franchise trying to develop a young quarterback.
Ever since Kaepernick started his protest, sports leagues have adopted “wokeness” and alienated fans.
The league fully embraced the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement, which only drove away more fans.
Kaepernick was given a chance to get back in the league when former Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson organized a private workout for him.
Kaepernick changed plans at the last minute so he could work out in front of a camera crew for a photo op.
The entire point of the workout was for Kaepernick to show teams that he could be a team player, not if he could still throw a football in a simulated practice.
Kaepernick failed the basic cooperation test.
He proved that he would be a circus and a distraction.
That’s why he isn’t in the league.
But the mythology of Kaepernick continues to grow as he signs more endorsement deals.
He has contracts with Nike, Disney, Penguin Random House, Netflix, and EA Sports.
Kaepernick’s actions post-NFL suggest he doesn’t really want back in the league; he wants to be viewed as a martyr and a revolutionary.
The Jaguars don’t need a revolutionary.
They need a mentor to help their rookie quarterback along the way.
Signing Kaepernick would’ve been an unmitigated disaster, and Smith was right to say the team didn’t need him.
Also, Urban Meyer is a first-time head coach in the NFL.
The last thing he needs is trying to manage a locker room with Kaepernick and the media crawling around nonstop.