This may be the most controversial subject in the world at the moment at not just in sport. 99.9% of people in the world will have some sort of opinion on the ongoing Colin Kaepernick situation, we would be remiss if we didn’t cover it in some form.
Let’s get this straight, whatever people may have you believe Colin Kaepernick was a very good football player. One of the first players to have success as a running quarterback, something that we see so often nowadays, Kaepernick took his chance when Alex Smith went down and took the 49’ers to a Superbowl.
Granted, he would never reach these heights again, but he was still a successful player. When you look at the stats, his passer rating matches to more than half the current QBs in the league. As good as he was, I don’t think you would consider him a superstar. A lot of people who don’t watch the NFL would probably have no idea who he was. Nowadays, you would be hard pressed to find anyone in the western world who doesn’t know who he is.
Things began to change in the 2016 preseason when Kaepernick sat down during the national anthem. In their final game, teammate Eric Reid joined him, but this time both men knelt in what became one of the most iconic images of modern times. But Kaepernick and Reid could surely not have known what that simple action was going to lead to.
The actual protests themselves have been covered over and over. We all know how we got here and how an African-American from Wisconsin became the most famous face in the world.
Without a doubt, Colin Kaepernick has been victimised and persecuted for standing up for what he believes in. He took a stand just as John Carlos and Tommie Smith did in the 68 Olympics, he used the platform that he had to influence the world for the better. Anyone with that power should do the same. Whilst people have supported Kaepernick, Nike included, he lost what he worked his whole life for, his job. To hear Kaepernick speak he has no regrets and would do it over again. The only people who should regret anything is the people that forced him out of the league.
Kaepernick’s case will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) they will decide if the league has colluded to keep him out the league. It isn’t his talent, no one can doubt what he can do with a ball in his hands. Owners in the NFL don’t want any more controversy in the league if they can avoid it. The League has a terrible record dealing with domestic violence and all the evidence points to the health risks. It seems as though they thought it would be easy to brush this issue under the carpet and get POTUS of their back. It wasn’t simple, it wasn’t east and more negativity has been shone on the league. The Trump Administration and MAGA crowd call for the players who protest to the banned, the rest of the world put them on a pedestal. Would CAS ruling in favour of Kaepernick change things in the short term? Probably not. It would show that people cannot be silenced for standing up for what they believe in. It would show a league like the NFL that they need to change and modernise, they cannot force someone out of the league because they don’t like what he has to say.
As for Nike, they should be praised because they have taken a big step. Whilst it can be argued they have done so, only to keep themselves in the spotlight. They have taken a big step but putting such a polarising character as their poster boy. Ultimately, the billion dollar company will be seen as being on the right side of history on this one.
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