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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   10/4/2016, 9:08 am

This highlights the problem beautifully:

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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   3/22/2017, 11:11 am

Poor baby.



http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/colin-kaepernick-free-agency-rumors-news-updates-quarterback-signings-contract/xuaiqfa1k1z41bshdrqbylbw7

Is Colin Kaepernick being blackballed by NFL teams? Prove he's not


David Steele @david_c_steele

Published on Mar. 18, 2017

It seemed a little early to condemn NFL teams for freezing out Colin Kaepernick. Barely a week had gone by in free agency. With one exception — albeit a grotesque, borderline-obscene one — not many quarterbacks had been coming off of the market. Bleacher Report’s Friday story on how front-office types still want nothing to do with him for his protests during the national anthem shined another light on it.
Still, it’s a long offseason. It only takes one team rowing against the tide. And, again, even the Jay Cutlers were still looking for work, never mind a part-time starter fighting against a scarlet letter.
Then, this week, Nick Foles signed with the Eagles.
EJ Manuel signed with the Raiders.
Geno Smith signed with the Giants, soon after Josh Johnson, last year's backup, re-signed.
Josh McCown set up a visit with the Jets.
And, of course, this all was after Mike Glennon signed with the Bears for $18.5 million guaranteed.
Come on. Stop it. Do not ever say Colin Kaepernick can't get a job because he's not good enough.
Think of a better excuse. Think of a better lie. Hey, even try telling the truth — this time, on the record.
But don’t feed everybody the "It’s because Kaepernick is a trash quarterback" line. Everybody’s full, thank you.
Now, the Bleacher Report explanation is much more plausible — and NFL executives no longer deserve the benefit of the doubt that their decisions are football-related.
They might be able to get away with them being money-related, except that there is nothing definitive about what Kaepernick wants to get paid. Then again … $18.5 million for Mike Glennon. To be a starter.
It's not worth the electricity needed to type it, or to trot out the stats that say Kaepernick was not terrible in his 11 games last season. It’s not worth repeating that he had not played in a year because of multiple surgeries and is healthier now than he has been in two seasons. Not worth the reminder that the 49ers’ new management is rebuilding the entire roster from scratch, which tells you Kaepernick wasn’t exactly working with the same weapons Matt Ryan was.
Of course this isn't about football. It’s about maintaining the status quo, or what NFL teams believe that to be. It's about not ruffling feathers, or at least the feathers NFL teams care about ruffling.
It's about at least one team in the market for a quarterback, the Giants, with a coach who's on the record as being "disappointed" in Kaepernick’s protest (at the same time he eagerly defended a kicker who abused his wife). The two signings they made essentially scream, "Anybody But Kaepernick."
And it’s about one nameless AFC general manager who took this to its furthest extreme and told Bleacher Report that he’s afraid "Trump will tweet about the team," and that some teams want no part of that kind of attention.
Imagine that. Kaepernick was the one labeled a coward in so many places for so many reasons last season — including, implausibly, for making it known that he would no longer do the same protest at games next season.
That marked Kaepernick a coward, yet teams are scared of a hot take from the president, and let that guide their football decisions.
Meanwhile, those who said the rich, entitled jock really wasn’t sacrificing anything with his kneeling must be aware by now exactly what he sacrificed.
Until someone proves it wrong, he has sacrificed his NFL career. Teams find Manuel, Foles and Smith to be more reasonable options at what they’ve made clear is the most important position in their sport.
NFL teams are free to prove that wrong. So far, early in free agency, they haven’t.


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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   9/26/2017, 8:41 am

My, my.
The Liberal Tantrum du jour certainly seems to have some legs.
I wonder how long it will take these people to realize that the folks who watch their games do not, unlike the players, have the luxury of behaving like pampered assholes.  
It would be interesting to see the reaction if the police decided to "take a knee" rather than serving and protecting those in black communities.
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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   9/26/2017, 5:21 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   9/26/2017, 5:31 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   9/26/2017, 6:48 pm

Heretic wrote:

Just so there is no misunderstanding, let me see if I have this straight: blacks, under the auspices of free speech, may say anything they wish to say. Whites, on the other hand, are not allowed to comment if or when they are offended by such speech.
Does that pretty much sum up your viewpoint?
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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   9/26/2017, 11:14 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   9/27/2017, 4:24 am

Heretic wrote:

Kinda funny coming from someone who just recently made a post concerning 'whataboutism'.
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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   9/30/2017, 1:08 pm

Texas Sports Anchor on NFL protest nails it...

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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   9/30/2017, 6:40 pm

Scorpion wrote:
Texas Sports Anchor on NFL protest nails it...


I personally think that Trump, as an agent of the government, should have kept his mouth shut on this issue (actually, I wish he would keep his mouth shut about a lot of things). Having said that, I think that these 'kneelers' have every right to do what they are doing. What they do not have the right to do, however, is to jeopardize the livelihood, income, and reputations of their employers while demanding that their employers continue to employ them. That is complete and utter bullshit.
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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   10/11/2017, 10:14 am

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happy jack wrote:
What, exactly, are you saying?
That by exercising their own 1st amendment rights, they were, in reality, demonstrating that they don't like the 1st amendment?

Conservatives seem to love the Constitution only when it applies to their rights but have a hard time applying them to all.

While we are on the topic of applying rights to all: would you defend the right of a football player to carry a Confederate flag onto the field during the playing of the national anthem before every game?


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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   10/11/2017, 10:37 am

Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones issues the ultimatum that his players stand for the national anthem, or be benched.
Michael Wilbon, co-host of 'Pardon the Interruption', compares Jerry Jones to a plantation owner.
That might actually be an apt comparison, had slaves on a plantation been earning $1,000,000+ per year.

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PostSubject: Re: Kaepernick   11/9/2017, 10:46 am

Ruh, roh!
First it's the NFL players who disrespect the national anthem, now it's the colored people.
What's this country coming to?


http://www.newsweek.com/naacp-urges-congress-replace-racist-national-anthem-705207

IS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM RACIST? CALIFORNIA NAACP WANTS IT GONE

BY BEATRICE DUPUY ON 11/8/17 AT 10:49 AM


The California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is demanding that Congress get rid of the national anthem for lyrics it says are anti-black—the latest race-based dispute over the country’s main secular hymn.
The group is pushing two resolutions through Congress that would do away with the national anthem—which they say is “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon”—and find a replacement.
“This song is wrong; it shouldn’t have been there, we didn’t have it till 1931, so it won’t kill us if it goes away,” Alice Huffman, the president of the California NAACP told CBS13.

At issue is a couplet in the full version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that reads, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.”
Huffman said the lyrics celebrate the deaths of black slaves in their fight for freedom in the War of 1812. Historians have argued about the meaning of the couplet for years, with some suggesting that the line refers to its author, Francis Scott Key, rejoicing in the massacre of former slaves who took the side of the British.
It is unclear if Key was making a racist reference. Key, who fought in court to help slaves, also opposed abolition, owned slaves and once remarked that blacks were “a distinct and inferior race of people, which all experience proves to be the greatest evil that afflicts a community.”
In September, vandals in Baltimore defaced a monument of Key by covering it in red paint and the words “racist anthem.”
Key wrote the poem “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1814 to honor American troops who withstood a British attack on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 (“their flag was still there”). The poem became the national anthem under President Herbert Hoover, almost 117 years later.
The lyric in question is not part of the song that has played before sporting events, but that, of course, hasn’t prevented the national anthem from being a symbol of racial prejudice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a nationwide conversation on the anthem last year when he knelt to protest police brutality.
“We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick,” Huffman said. “I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.”
The NAACP has announced its support for Kaepernick in a separate resolution, which would condemn President Donald Trump, who has called for the NFL to fire the “son of a bitch” players who fail to stand for the anthem. He even encouraged fans to leave, like Vice President Mike Pence, when players kneel during the anthem.
“I don’t think you can disrespect our country, our flag, our national anthem,” Trump said at a September press conference.
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