The San Francisco 49ers have bestowed upon Colin Kaepernick the highly prestigious Len Eshmont Award. The award, which the team presents to the 49er who “best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, an original member of the 1946 49ers team,” is given annually and voted on by the players. Kaepernick’s season-long protest against alleged racial inequality in America apparently “inspired” teammates to name him for the award. 49ers center Dan Kilgore, though initially skeptical of the reasons behind the protests, spoke about how Kaepernick won him over after a team meeting in August. Kilgore told ESPN, “After Kap stated his case today, and seeing where he is coming from, I do stand with Kap when he says ‘enough is enough’ against crime and the violence and discrimination and racism. I believe that enough is enough. But I could see why people would think it’s bad with the national anthem and the military.” 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith discussed some of the criticism Kaepernick has received. Smith said, “Colin has handled that situation better than anyone could have imagined. It hasn’t been a distraction in our locker room, and it probably helped him open up to a lot of our team and our teammates better. He’s been very open in communication about that as well as football.” Ironically, the award is given to the player exhibiting the most “inspirational and courageous play,” and to date, Kaepernick’s play has inspired exactly one win in ten starts, and even that one win came by one point against arguably the most dysfunctional franchise in the entire NFL. Kaepernick obviously received this award due to his “inspirational and courageous activism,” not play. Yet, even then, what’s the scoreboard on that? Colin Kaepernick’s protests this year played a leading role in the NFL’s ratings demise, which hurts the league financially. Specifically it will hurt the hundreds of players in the league who make significantly less than Colin Kaepernick. So the protests haven’t helped the players. What about the “oppressed?”
What about the poor, “oppressed” NFL players, indeed.. Can I PLEASE be that “oppressed” making millions, living in mansions, and so on? Kaepernick is such a nauseating, self-righteous, and hypocritical tool. He makes me want to vomit. And, the overwhelming majority of Americans see right through it. That’s why NFL ratings are WAY down this year. And yet the other 49er players fall for Colin’s bs…and dishonor Len’s memory in the process….showing the disconnect between the NFL and regular Americans.
Before Colin Kaepernick sat for most of Friday night’s preseason game, he sat for the national anthem. In the immediate aftermath of the game, no reporter asked about nor did the quarterback initially provide a reason why he sat down during “The Star Spangled Banner.” But the team released a statement following the game obliquely categorizing the incident as one of “expression” rather than negligence. “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony,” the team explained to ProFootballTalk. “It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.” Kaepernick eventually outlined his motivations to NFL Media. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” the former Super Bowl starter explained. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” ProFootballTalk points out that on Thursday a since-deleted post on a Kaepernick social media account depicted the American and Confederate flags with this caption: “The fact that you really believe that there is difference in these flags means that your [sic] ignoring history.” The San Francisco 49ers quarterback, whose Twitter account features stories of police shooting minorities, commemorations of slave rebellions, and links to articles on white supremacy, grows increasingly prolific in his political re-tweets as he becomes decreasingly productive on the football field. Kaepernick completed two of six passes for 14 yards in the 21-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Friday night at Levi’s Stadium. The starting quarterback position in San Francisco increasingly looks like Blaine Gabbert’s to lose. Kaepernick prepares to lose much more than playing time. “This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he told NFL Media. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Oh whatever, you self-righteous tool! Hey Colin! Can I PLEASE be “oppressed” by the income you’re making here in these United States of America?!? What an ingrate!! Over 68% of the NFL is black, while less than 28% are white. But, that too is probably “oppressive” to entitlement-minded, and inherently (and ironically) racist Black Lives Matter crowd. And, while Colin’s biological father was black, his biological mother (a Denver area nurse) is white. If the 49ers have any self-respecting integrity, they’ll fire this disgusting oxygen thief. Hopefully the fans in San Fran will boo when his name is mentioned. Unreal..