One rule of life we all learn very quickly is that there are consequences for our actions.
Some are immediate and automatic. Others take time to manifest and require others to intervene.
But sooner or later, the price must be paid.
Or must it? For example, we see politicians who are obvious criminals and clearly get away with their crimes.
So there are always those who try to beat the system and some of them actually manage to do so; again, at least from our perspective.
So how does this relate to football? And after all, can’t we at least have one sport to enjoy that’s free of political issues? Apparently not.
If you’ve followed the Colin Kaepernick issue, you know he’s a quarterback who will not stand for the National Anthem and he’s currently looking for a job as a starting QB (without any takers).
To make his problem worse, NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown has just taken Mr. Kaepernick to task for his behavior.
To further add to his problems, there is an implication that perhaps Kaepernick isn’t as good of a football player as he thinks he is. Really, it’s just glorious:
“When Brown was asked for his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s protests and his struggle finding work as a quarterback in the NFL, his response was truly remarkable.
‘Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist or whether he’s a football player,’ Brown said outside the pro-Kaepernick rally in New York City on Thursday.
‘Football is commercial,’ he continued. ‘You have owners, you have fans, and you want to honor that if you’re making that kind of money.’
“‘I’m going to give you the real deal,’ he said. ‘I’m an American. I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem.
I’m not gonna do anything against the flag and the national anthem. I’m going to work within those situations.
But this is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner.'”
Brown clarifies the issues as well as anyone.
To put it bluntly, Kaepernick has insisted in engaging in what is to many, offensive and even disgraceful, unpatriotic behavior, and teams have decided he’s more trouble than he’s worth.
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Sort of like the reason “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade offered for why Kaepernick is not currently playing football:
“Because he’s not good enough to warrant the distraction he’s going to cause to his team.
And among the people who said that is the Buffalo Bills running back, he came out and said ‘Listen, Michael Vick was a distraction, but he was so good teams signed him, that’s the difference.'”
So, Colin Kaepernick has overplayed his hand.
What he now gets to do is to find out if earning a living as a political activist is as financially rewarding as playing for the NFL.
My guess? Probably not.
Source: Independent Journal Review