San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has clearly been hit in the head one too many times.
Since Kaepernick was an integral part of the Niners run to Super Bowl XLVII in 2012 his play on the field has taken a significant nosedive. Kaepernick has played himself into a tough spot in San Francisco and to make matters worse is now making national headlines for all the wrong reasons. The only person Kaepernick has thank for this story not gaining more attention than it already has this week is Anthony Weiner. This guy just cannot stop taking pictures of his junk.
We all know the story by now, Kaepernick will not stand during the presentation of Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner” which is played prior to every game in the National Football League. Kaepernick states that “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” in regards to how he believes that the American government is addressing the issues minority groups in the United States face.
Listen, I understand that Colin has the right as a citizen of the United States to voice his opinion but why does he call all of this attention to himself? Kaepernick scored a 38 on the Wonderlic test putting him near the top of his peers when it comes to intelligence but obviously his knowledge of techniques in raising awareness about issues facing minorities is lacking.
I was only half joking when I said that Kaepernick had been hit in the head one too many times because it concerns me that he did not realize that there are smarter ways to go about raising awareness. By refusing to pay respect to the Americans that have worked hard to make it possible for an American citizen like himself to use their skills to make millions of dollars is hypocritical on his part. Far before Colin Kaepernick the human being was even a thought there were American’s who put their lives on the line to make sure every future American citizen had the right to pursue their dreams.
Here is a thought to ponder, when Kaepernick was born his mother put him up for adoption and a family was fortunately for his sake there to adopt him. Well luckily for little Colin, over one hundred years before he was born Massachusetts passed the 1851 Adoption of Children Act which recognized adoption as a social and legal operation based on child welfare rather than adult interests. The same American’s that had a part in making the 1851 Adoption of Children Act a reality undoubtedly performed the simple act of standing for the national anthem as a way to honor their country. Without those American’s Colin Kaepernick would not be in the position he is today.
At this point this has become an issue with Kaepernick and other professional athletes ego’s more than anything. If you are so concerned with issues that minorities face in America quit your job as a failed NFL quarterback, put your millions of dollars towards the cause and subsequently run for political office. Instead, we have politicians sending dick pics and distracting the American public to the real issues they face.