Colin Kaepernick has been the trending topic for months now, ever since he refused to stand during the national anthem while still playing for the San Francisco 49ers. From that point on, he struggled to find a job and faced harsh criticism for his move on social media.
Many NFL athletes disapproved of Kaepernick’s behavior as well.
Such is the case with NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl IX MVP Franco Harris who explained what was to happen with Kaepernick if he had pulled off this trick back in the day:
“We had two of the meanest guys in football who I think would have dealt with it that way. And that would have been Joe Greene and Jack Lambert,” the former Pittsburgh Steeler said in an interview this weekend.
In fact, Greene’s nickname was “Mean Joe Greene,” whereas Lambert did not have a nickname bur used his physical appearance to scare off his opponents.
All things aside, Harris noted that free speech is essential, but disrespecting the American flag is just absurd and disallowed. He could not imagine the example future NFL stars might be getting by Colin’s show-off move.
“This has been my position from the start that we always, sure we have certain social issues that we will always be dealing with, but that you stand for the flag,” he said. “And that we are all behind the flag.”
Harris, who was born to an Italian mother and an African-American father, said Kaepernick’s right to speak his mind was justifiable, but what he was mostly bugged about was Colin’s way to use sports as a political platform.
“But when he puts on that suit and steps out on that field, now it’s more than just him,” said Harris.
“It’s his teammates, it’s the NFL, and it’s the fans. And when he puts that suit on, it is not just about him and his position and things that he wants to back and he wants to believe in,” Harris said. “Because the team has to come first.”
In addition, he noted there was a way to be socially and politically active and outspoke without hurting anyone in the process.
“If he wants to make statements and take a position, then that’s fine absolutely, go do that,” stated Harris. “But there’s no reason why you couldn’t do it after practice, on another platform than doing it with a suit in the stadium.”
He’s got a point, for sure. It is insulting to trash the team and country that pays you millions so you can be the best version of yourself. Hopefully, this will ring a bell with Kaepernick and he will learn his lesson. Kaeperick needs also realize that he not only offended his team, costars and the entire sports sphere- he threw rocks at Americans as well, and this is something that no one has taken lightly.
Although the liberals were all ‘for’ Kaepernick’s move, his career seems to be telling a different story- and do you see Obama running to help Colin in that department? I don’t think so.