As if it needed any padding, Colin Kaepernick decided to buttress his newfound reputation as a low-rent John Carlos or Tommie Smith for the 21st century by giving a black power salute in the end zone after a touchdown in Sunday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The score was Kaepernick’s first rushing touchdown of the season — another sign the San Francisco 49ers quarterback is suffering from athletically diminishing returns, if not diminishing headlines.
While he’s been starting for the team since Week 5, Kaeopernick’s first touchdown came as his team tied up the Arizona Cardinals late in the game. Arizona would eventually win on a field goal as time ran out, 23-20.
However, that’s not what would be making the headlines on Monday morning:
— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) November 14, 2016
Kaepernick’s America-baiting tactics first became news back during the preseason, when he sat out the national anthem and then became one of a growing number of players demonstrating during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The movement, ostensibly in support of Black Lives Matter (or whatever) has been falling from the headlines quicker than the NFL’s ratings. Apparently, people don’t watch sports to see political demonstrations. Who knew?
While I certainly don’t begrudge Colin Kaepernick his political opinion, I’d also like to point out why what he says is controversial. It isn’t because we’re against his right to say it. It’s because he’s paid tens of millions of dollars to tell us, in part, how oppressed he is.
In spite of leading a 49ers team that’s 1-8 and being an interception machine par excellence, Kaepernick is in the middle of a contract that pays him $19 million a year. Perhaps most importantly, by targeting the flag and national anthem, he’s implying that those who defend America — namely, our servicemen — are the ones who are oppressing him.
We probably shouldn’t be too upset, though. In spite of the fact that he’s turned his career into a traveling political carnival of neo-radical politics, he couldn’t be bothered to vote.
“You know, I think it would be hypocritical of me to vote. I said from the beginning I was against oppression, I was against the system of oppression,” Kaepernick said, according to SF Gate. “I’m not going to show support for that system. And to me, the oppressor isn’t going to allow you to vote your way out of your oppression.”
Thanks, I guess.