Here it is again. Colin Kaepernick is in the news, though some might argue that he never left. And it isn’t even his fault this time, though, again, some people could easily argue otherwise. Considering the hullabaloo he raised, it isn’t surprising that he has become the source of even more debates, this as opposed to the sportsbook odds for next season.
Whether or not he expected it, there is a dark cloud surrounding Colin Kaepernick, one he will be hard-pressed to dispel. Despite proving himself several times over as a capable athlete, it might come as a surprise for some people to learn that Colin is still unsigned even as the National Football League training camps kick things into gear.
Of course, some might argue that Colin’s record has been a little spotty. He hasn’t exactly been consistent in his performance. But, with the scandal he has brought to the NFL, one cannot help but wonder whether his current situation is a consequence of the NFL Owners’ distaste for his actions.
The NFL is as patriotic an organization as they get. It tends to embrace the American flag and all its ideals and concepts to the Nth degree. As such, it didn’t come as a surprise when Colin’s decision to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem attracted hostility.
Of all the abuses and accusations that came Colin Kaepernick’s way, it was the attack on his patriotism that really galvanized his critics. That he wouldn’t respect a flag so many had died to protect was an insult to the United States of America.
Colin’s fans have often argued that the attacks on the athlete’s patriotism make little sense because all he did was exercise the freedoms that the American flag grants him. The United States has always elevated itself above dictatorial nations like Russia because it gifts its citizen the freedom to speak and express their thoughts and opinions as they wish.
Every American citizen has the right use these freedoms as they wish without the fear of reprisals of any sort. Whether or not Colin Kaepernick was offending the patriotic sensibilities of the nation by choosing to kneel during the playing of the national anthem, he still has the right to express his objections to the situation in his nation as he sees fit without having his ability to earn a living threatened.
With this mind, it has been suggested that the owners of the NFL, many of whom have ranted about the patriotic symbolism of standing during the national anthem, are trampling upon that very patriotism by denying Colin his right to express himself without the fear of reprisal.
During the peak of the Colin Kaepernick scandal, the athlete claimed that his actions were a protest against the unchecked deaths of black men and women at the hands of police officers. His stand actually garnered him a lot of support, with some military personnel going so far as to express their support for Colin’s right to utilize his American Freedoms.
The ball is in the court of the NFL owners who must manifest their patriotic backbone by showing a willingness to sign Colin Kaepernick despite his penchant for eliciting negative attention via his protests.