Colin Kaepernick Can’t Get Hired—and it has Nothing to do with Racism
It’s late September and football season is well underway, yet the estranged quarterback Colin Kaepernick still remains unsigned—although he’s ready and willing to play, and is obviously skilled enough for the job.
So why can’t Kaepernick get a hired?
Racism, according to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). They claim Kaepernick is a victim who is being oppressed by the old white men who own NFL teams. In fact, Kaepernick is a symbol for white-on-black oppression. He is the new Rosa Parks.
As absurd as this sounds, it’s exactly what an NAACP spokesman argued on Fox’s Tucker Carlson Tonight. See for yourself:
Of course, the argument presented by the NAACP is completely ridiculous for the simple fact that the NFL is not a racist institution—and if it is, it’s doing a really bad job at preserving its white supremacy.
For instance, even the mind-numbingly liberal HuffPost admits 70 percent of all NFL players are black. Given this fact, the NAACP’s argument fails the a priori test of reasonableness—Kaepernick’s race has absolutely nothing to do with his lack of employment.
No, Kaepernick can’t get a job because he’s asking for more than he’s worth, given that he’s now a giant liability to any team that signs him.
His race-baiting antics have upset legions of football’s most ardent fans, and initiated a tidal-wave of backlash that extends from the white picket fence all the way to the White House.
Even President Trump has been tweeting about it:
If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country.#StandForOurAnthem????????
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
According to last year’s JD Power Fan Experience Survey, which polled 9,200 fans, of those who watched fewer games than the previous year, 26 percent said they did so because of players who copied Kaepernick in protesting the national anthem.
Another poll, this time from Rasmussen Reports, found that some 34 percent of all football fans were less likely to tune in because of Kaepernick (and his copy cats) taking a knee during the national anthem.
Basically, Kaepernick ruined his reputation with many football fans, and is the ringleader behind the money-losing player protests. He’s damaged goods. He’s a liability. He’s a poison pill.
At the end of the day, people need to realize that the NFL is a business: all the skill in the world won’t get you signed if people hate you. Athletes are brand products whose value is tied to their persona—how they behave off the field is often just as important as how they play.
For this reason NFL teams are right to avoid Kaepernick like the plague.
And in all honesty, I don’t feel sorry for him (and neither should you). His salary was $16 million in his final season, and he chose to throw it away by upsetting, if not betraying, his fans.