By: Allan Erickson
Hello all, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but it’s time for me to get back on the grind. My thoughts have been made clear, through this site, and other forums, that it’s time for everyone to get over the Colin Kaepernick saga. This man gave up his NFL career, millions of dollars annually, and put himself into constant condemning from most of you, myself included (in the beginning,) so this country would stop turning a blind eye to social injustices that happen daily. Allow me to “preach on it.”
My only issue with Colin’s protest was his timing. He was fading, he wasn’t playing well, and what he was protesting was happening for a long time before he chose to kneel for the National Anthem. That being said, when I was critical of Kaepernick, I wanted to see what strides he was going to make towards solving these issues. Fast forward 2 years later, and Colin has done so much for his stance, it’s truly astounding. Donations, (both monetary and supplies,) time with local law enforcement, and most importantly, leaving the San Francisco 49ers. This clearly wasn’t a publicity stunt pulled by a fading quarterback who didn’t have “it,” anymore. In fact, he played the second best season of his career last year with the 9ers; and was a lone bright spot for a franchise that can’t seem to win in a game of “Bingo”, right now.
Now, he’s been named the citizen of the year by GQ magazine, and what do you know, a lot of people are up in arms about it. Well, I’m here to tell you all, quite frankly, it’s time to put your big boy britches on, and GET OVER IT.
Colin’s done more for this issue than any athlete, to date. He’s sacrificed so much to make sure that these issues are discussed, and other players have joined the cause. His lawsuit against the NFL is just, and he deserves to be compensated for the overlook that’s happened to him in the past year. He’s sitting on the sidelines, not on an NFL roster, while we see Tom Savage starting in the NFL. Jay Cutler is somehow employed, and Ryan Fitzpatrick has a job. Someone who’s opposed to Colin’s stance and freedoms, please, explain to me why those 3 god awful football players are employed by this league, and Kaepernick can’t find anyone to play for. Until you can do that, then quit crying about what he’s done, focus on the reason he did it, and watch as he continues to be an impact in his community with charitable donations, and continues to try to build on the social injustices that minorities face in this country.