On January 1, 2017, the San Francisco 49ers misplaced to the Seattle Seahawks within the common season finale of the 2016 season.
On that day, Colin Kaepernick was 17-22 for 215 yards and one landing.
It was the final time we noticed him on the sector.
And I feel, it was the final time he’d ever put on an NFL uniform.
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On Monday, the second badembly between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, homeowners and gamers to debate on anthem protest and social points was postponed on account of scheduling conflicts with out an announcement of when the badembly would ultimately happen.
Since Kaepernick’s protest is what began this whole dialog, among the gamers felt like he ought to be within the room. But it has change into fairly clear that the invitation to have Kaepernick on the badembly, together with the concept of him truly exhibiting up, was sufficient to get the badembly “postponed.”
Cowards by no means need to look the particular person within the eye that they are blackballing.
“Oh, he is being blackballed. That’s a no-brainer,” Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated.
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The state of affairs has change into so blatant that even coaches in numerous leagues are overtly discussing it within the media.
“All you have to do is read the transactions every day, when you see the quarterbacks who are being hired,” Kerr continued. “He’s way better than any of them. But the NFL has a different fan base than the NBA. The NBA is more urban, the NFL is more conservative, and I think a lot of NFL fans are truly angry at Kaepernick, and I think owners are worried what it’s going to do to business.”
Kerr is true, as a result of proper now guys like Blaine Gabbert, Drew Stanton, Ryan Mallett, Nathan Peterman, Joe Webb, Garrett Gilbert, Mark Sanchez, Kevin Hogan, Cody Kessler, Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian have jobs within the NFL. I may add extra names to this checklist, however you, similar to the remainder of the final managers, homeowners, and coaches on this league, know that everybody I’ve named, and will identify, aren’t higher than Kaepernick.
And there isn’t any higher instance than Kaepernick’s former group, the 49ers. Quarterback play has been so dangerous this season that the group has determined to waive Brian Hoyer, the one who they selected to interchange Kaepernick, and have despatched rookie C.J. Beathard again to the bench after buying and selling a second-round choose for former Patriot backup Jimmy Garoppolo.
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That’s proper, San Francisco gave up a really worthwhile draft choose simply to save lots of face as a result of they refuse to confess that not re-signing Kaepernick was a mistake. It’s one of many 49ers’ worst strikes in franchise historical past, however they will by no means admit it. And though Kaepernick opted out of his contract on the finish of final season, 49ers common supervisor John Lynch made it completely clear that he wasn’t going to be part of their future plans.
“We gave him the option, ‘You can opt out, we can release you, whatever.’ And he chose to opt out, but that was just a formality,” Lynch was quoted as saying.
Teams are scared of what’s going to occur in the event that they signed Kaepernick. We particularly noticed it with the Baltimore Ravens and the Seattle Seahawks.
“If you are a general manager, you do have to worry about the circus that would erupt if you signed Kaepernick,” Kerr stated. “That’s not justifying not signing him, but it’s understanding what you’re getting into.”
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An offended fan base, his girlfriend’s tweets and the notion that “he doesn’t fit into our offensive system” have all been excuses used as to why groups will not signal Kaepernick.
But on the core of that is anger and racism.
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White NFL homeowners are shedding management of their groups, as black gamers are beginning to use their platforms to talk on points which might be necessary to them, and it is rubbing homeowners the improper method.
Players aren’t simply “sticking to sports.” And to some homeowners, it appears like “the inmates are running the prison.”
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Kaepernick’s collusion lawsuit in opposition to the NFL is not serving to his case both. Proving collusion in a court docket of regulation will virtually be not possible to do. Besides, who needs to rent somebody who’s taking their league to court docket?
The Patriots do not.
And whereas rumors and speculations possibly swirling round social media that Kaepernick may wind up in New England, I hope he would not. Hoyer will greater than doubtless be returning to Beantown to fill that roster spot.
But on Tuesday, Kaepernick’s lawyer stated that he believes his consumer will probably be again on the sector quickly.
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“I think within the next 10 days somebody will sign him,” stated Mark Geragos on The Adam Carolla Show. “I think somebody’s gonna sign him. I think the NFL has to come to their senses, and realize every day that goes by just proves the collusion case even more.”
I wholeheartedly disagree with Geragos, particularly as he made these feedback a day after homeowners canceled a gathering during which they’d have been in the identical room as his consumer.
In September, Rembert Browne wrote a bit for The Bleacher Report titled, “Colin Kaepernick has a job.” In it, he mentioned how Kaepernick understands his place in historical past, the magnitude of his stance, and the way he will probably be remembered:
“One of nowadays
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When you made it
And the doorways are open huge
Make positive you inform them precisely the place it’s at
So they haven’t any place to cover.”
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Langston Hughes advised Nina Simone that, earlier than he died. And whereas Colin isn’t any Langston (and Bennett no Simone), what’s behind that door has at all times been the true historical past of this nation.
Through that door, the true historical past of this nation. Through that door, the disagreeable causes behind this nation’s best success and failures. And by means of that door, flashbacks to all of the occasions this nation’s methods have helped you and those you’ve cherished, all of the methods it’s harm.
Colin Kaepernick discovered that door. He’s been exhibiting us the place it’s, for a yr now. And it’s on us now — all of us: to ask discomfort sufficient to take that stroll, down this harmful street that so few journey, and perceive that you would expertise all this harm, all this ache, then you would stroll again out into the identical America you left behind.”
Kaepernick is the sacrificial lamb that the NFL and this nation want. Because of his sacrifice, progress will probably be made.
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Which is why in a tragic and twisted method, I am glad that Kaepernick won’t ever placed on a pair of pads once more.
Because if he does and gamers cease kneeling, then the dialogue might cease, and the progress might come to a halt.
We want Colin Kaepernick to remain proper the place he’s in order that we will transfer previous the place we’re.
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