Why Colin Kaepernick Doesn’t Have a Job

by Steve MacDonald

kaepernick kneeling during national anthemNew Hampshire Public radio has a lengthy “report” about why former Quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job. They quote players, experts, and none of them ever gets to the actual point of the problem. A situation that anyone who has every worn a uniform as part of their job ought to understand.

You can’t just do whatever you want in the company uniform because it is a reflection of that business. Period.

If you rob a bank in your BK duds guess who gets a phone call before they even find you? Every BK, the franchisees, and the corporate office. They don’t like that.

And Kaepernick, regardless of whether he even has a point, deliberately pissed off more than half the country by disrespecting the national anthem, the flag, and the nation, in his work clothes. I don’t care what the NFL policy is, that’s just downright stupid. And it’s why he has no job.

Some think that’s not fair. Like this ‘expert’ from the Public Radio piece.

“It doesn’t really matter if it’s collusion or culture,” says sociologist Harry Edwards, “but you cannot have people [in the NFL] associated with double murders, dog fighting, rape, drug use, vehicular manslaughter and violence against women, from owners all the way down to rookie players … [and] a man who takes a knee and says we can be better [as a society], cannot even be given a chance to compete for a roster spot.”

Fair enough, but none of those other things happened on national television, in a team uniform, week after week, in front of America. If you think that doesn’t matter then you should stand next to sociologist Harry Edwards who is probably wicked smart and so smart, he’s stupid all at the same time.

Those other things while vile in their own right were localized incidents which did not have the widest possible audience. They got press, but not everyone heard about them. And I can’t be certain, but no one including the perpetrators claimed pride in their actions afterward.

Kaepernick was an unrepentant perp from beginning to end. And the progressive media loved him for it. And he loved them back. He was adored by the hate America crowd, advertised, elevated, and now they wonder why he can’t get a job.

Kaepernick (appears to have) discovered that his stand kneel was a liability when it became apparent (publicly announced in March of 2017) that the free agent might not be cashing any paychecks next season. He agreed he’d stop doing it. Said he’d made his point or something. Inspired a nation.

Yes, he did.

The people who buy the tickets that pay his salary are pissed.

And no one (not the NFL, not CBS sports, not even BK) is required to give him a job or obligated to hand him a paycheck, baggage or no.

Free association is the private or personal right to choose your company based on your conscience or your interpretation of the conscience of others. That comes with”free speech,” if you missed that part of First Amendment class.

Colin missed it until it hit him like a tone of bricks. Probably didn’t see it coming with all those bright media lights in his eyes. He still might not see it. He isn’t alone.

But in a world where 140 characters worth of free speech deserves to get you fired and make you untouchable, people still wonder what happened?

How about this?

Did anyone take him aside early on and say, Colin, you’re a free agent next year, and this kneeling thing is gonna pay off big. Yes? No? Did anyone take him aside and tell him the opposite?

Did anyone tell those other players who glommed on to keep it up or lay off? I don’t know. No one is talking about them. They didn’t start it. And first adopters deserve special attention. And Colin Kaepernick got it.

So, what’s next?

I think Colin will play pro football again but not until after he’s been punished for being a douche-bag in his work clothes. That may mean a season on the couch. Ample time to find a PR firm to help him recycle his image. Not just spending money on “the problem” as he sees it, which he is doing, but on respecting the symbol of the nation that made his having that money to make those choices even possible.

America is not unforgiving, but it is proud, and Kaepernick insulted America in exchange for left-wing adoration, and it bit him in the ass.

And he can spend a fortune, and it is a fortune to most Americans, on do-goodery in the community, but it won’t stop aggravated middle-America from calling team offices to bitch about the guy when his name pops up as a player under consideration if it doesn’t repair that relationship in the eyes of prospective employers.

The people need some time. The caches need some time. The league needs some time.

Colin Kaepernick should take a seat, or maybe a knee, at least for a little while.

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  • Bruce Currie

    Is there any contradiction between the stance on Kaepernick here and the post on Google’s firing of an engineer for his statement on women in engineering?

    • Radical Moderate

      No there isn’t a contradiction Bruce. It’s the same as saying is there any contradiction between comparing apples and oranges.
      Try another back flip but add a Triple Lindy Twist or another contortion and you may make a connection next time.

      • Bruce Currie

        Mmm… both spoke out for their beliefs. Both did it on company time, and both put it out there for the public to see. Seems to me they have a lot in common, albeit coming from seemingly opposite ends of the political spectrum.

        • Radical Moderate

          Only 50% correct…
          Kaepernick a low IQ athlete expressed a political opinion about the alleged persecution of Black people in America in full uniform on company time.
          The other Damore, a high IQ engineer wrote and made public a personal op-ed on the documented contradictions about diversity in the workplace on his own time.
          Compare the two:

          If it wasn’t for working in football that bone head Kaepernick would be asking you if you want paper or plastic.
          If it wasn’t for working for Google Damore would be cashing his three figure check at Raytheon.
          Apples and Oranges.

          • Bruce Currie

            Mmm….”documented contradictions about diversity in the workplace”. Seems to me he was more interested in playing the victim–a poor abused conservative in a sea of left-wingers. And now planning to sue, generating more publicity for his self-proclaimed victimhood. Is he not a right-wing “snowflake”? In any case, he’s flat-out wrong that biology has anything to do with the dearth of female engineers in the US. For instance, I believe in Iran the numbers are reversed–if memory serves 70% of engineers there are female.

          • Radical Moderate

            Nope that’s not the point of what he is saying about biological differences. The point is that equal outcomes can’t and shouldn’t be forced. But the idea that people should just be allowed to gravitate toward the work to which they are naturally inclined or advance to a position to which they are truly qualified just doesn’t work for someone like you who believes that evil patriarchal White males are hiding under women’s beds and whispering “Don’t enter the STEM field” in their ears at night while they sleep.

          • Bruce Currie

            Not equal, but fair outcomes can and should be “forced” via legal measures. “Naturally inclined” and “truly qualified” are loaded terms that ignore the role that networking and connections often play in employment in any career path. A pure meritocracy is a mythical creature. At the same time, there is so much that needs doing in this country if we had the determination to invest in the future, that there should be no scarcity of good jobs at good wages for all of us. Instead, we’ve become hostage to an ideology–Neo-liberalism–that promotes austerity for us schmoes and pillage for the 1%.

          • Radical Moderate

            “Not equal, but fair outcomes can and should be “forced” via legal measures.”
            – It can be said that “fair” a loaded term as well. What’s “fair” Bruce? At what percentage of the workforce do women and minorities have to be before its “fair”?
            “networking and connections often play in employment in any career path”
            -Of course it does and I know many qualified white males that were not hired or passed over for promotion because a “friend” or family member of the boss was hired or promoted instead. It’s been going on forever.
            “A pure meritocracy is a mythical creature.”
            – Because the Left has forced it to be. All those race, sex and ethnicity boxes that need to be checked and hiring quotas has successfully kept that “pure meritocracy” creature outside the gate since the 1970’s.
            “At the same time, there is so much that needs doing in this country if we had the determination to invest in the future, that there should be no scarcity of good jobs at good wages for all of us. Instead, we’ve become hostage to an ideology–Neo-liberalism–that promotes austerity for us schmoes and pillage for the 1%.”
            – Agree 100%

          • Bruce Currie

            I think a rough gage of fair is probably when skilled professions have similar demographics to the population as a whole. A “meritocracy” in principle sounds nice. In practice, those with greater access to credentialism are deemed most deserving. That still favors those who chose to be born into the top 20%. There never was a golden age for meritocracy, certainly not before the 70’s, when the effects of our racially segregated society–north and south–were still pronounced. And certainly not since we backtracked on affirmative action programs starting in the 80’s. And not now, as the nation re-segregates its schools and the larger society under the privatization regime now underway.

            This debate is one that should not be necessary–in effect we’re arguing over crumbs–the leavings of the 1%, while they’re laughing at their divide and conquer schemes. They’re selling austerity for us, but not them. Well over 90% of all the income gained since 2008 has gone to the 1%. There is plenty of good, important work to be done (on that we agree). But it’s folly to rely on the market, since its inherently risk-averse and can’t see past the next quarter’s earnings report anymore, thanks to shareholder value theory.

            Only a strong central government has the vision and spending capability to support programs necessary to accomplish the rebuilding of the nation’s infrastructure for the 2nd half of the 21st century–which means a low carbon future. On which, we should have started yesterday.

  • It’s worth adding that Kaepernick’s skills as a player visibly deteriorated over the past few seasons. He’s not a leader and he doesn’t seem to be very intelligent or articulate. Once Jed York ran Harbaugh out of town, the system that kept him looking decent collapsed. What’s missing for me in this discussion is Jed York’s utter failure to nip this problem in the bud last year, instead of allowing Kaepernick to make a fool out of himself, along with the entire 49ers franchise, and now the NFL. Cowardly behavior from the Jed Yorks of America is a major problem, once upon a time the business leaders of the nation recognized their responsibility to society as wealthy and powerful men, no longer (except for the obvious and glorious example of President Trump).

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