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Nothing personal, Kaep.....

Ramie Makhlouf
June 08, 2017 - 2:59 pm

     Let me start by making something clear. When Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of racial inequality in America, I supported his right to protest on The Big Show and agreed with him on most of the issues for which he was protesting. But it seems whenever an NFL team signs a backup quarterback nowadays, Kaepernick’s name repeatedly comes up. The most recent case being the Seahawks signing Austin Davis after having Kaepernick in for a visit. Many of his supporters see it as evidence that he’s being discriminated against, or even blackballed, for his stance. That’s simply not true.  Before I get into what is actually happening here, let’s get out of the way what’s not happening.

First of all, he’s not too good to be a backup, as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll insinuated. That’s just a ridiculous excuse. But…

He’s not being blackballed. Technically speaking, that would mean that all 32 NFL owners have colluded and agreed to not sign Kaepernick. I’d contend that in 2017, it would be nearly impossible for that to happen and not get leaked by someone, somewhere. DC can’t even keep secrets in today’s media climate.

The NFL is not racist. I mean, for all I know some of its owners etc. maybe, but they’d put winning and especially money before any racist agenda they may have. The NFL and its owners see one color: green. Which brings to why Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job.

Giants owner John Mara caught some heat recently for saying this to The MMQB about Kaepernick and why he’s still unsigned…

"All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue. If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn't one or two letters. It was a lot. It's an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more so than any other issue I've run into."

The outcry was ‘Oh so a guy who gets a DUI or hits women can get a job, but not the guy who protests?!’ Mara’s not saying he agrees with those people. He’s saying that’s how a portion of his customer base feels and essentially the business climate he’s operating in, not one with which he necessarily agrees.

A few months ago, we were asking on the show why the Milwaukee Bucks, with all the excitement they were generating, weren’t selling more tickets? We were all blown away by how many people said they wouldn’t support the Bucks because of their quite public support of Democrats and opposition of Donald Trump. We’ve never gotten a call in the history of the show saying they wouldn’t go to a game because player X got a DUI, or because player Y beat up his wife. Let that say what it will about society, but the bottom line is the Bucks may have lost some business over politics.

Just as Kaepernick has the right to protest, team owners have the right to make a decision to not lose business for signing a backup QB, essentially the only position in sports who, if everything goes right, will never see the field. If Cam Newton took Kaepernick’s stance, he’d still be one of the highest paid QB’s because his benefits outweigh whatever loss you may take. Heck, as backwards as I find it, a fan has the right to be more upset by a player protesting than he is by a player beating a woman and using his dollars to express that. That being said, you and I have the right to find that backwards and disturbing.

We can’t just defend the rights of the oppressed or disadvantaged. Moreover, it’s downright dangerous to only protect the rights of those we agree with. The great thing about our right to free speech and opinions is that we’re all entitled to it -- But the Catch 22 about our right to free speech and opinions is that we are ALL entitled to it.

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