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Colin Kaepernick deserves to play

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Quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers,  Colin Kaepernick, made headlines at the start of the 2016 NFL preseason when he decided to take a knee during the National Anthem. In an interview, Kaepernick explained why he kneeled, saying “I am not going to stand to show pride for a country that oppresses colored people”. He said he was doing this because there is still racial discrimination and police brutality against black people. Kaepernick has explained that he knows what he is doing and that it may not sit well with people.

His protest was criticized by many people including Mike Ditka, a former football player, who said “I think it’s a problem… anybody who disrespects this country and the flag”.  Kaepernick’s activism off the field has effected his football career. No teams in the NFL have offered him a contract or money to play this season.

Some players still have their jobs, despite arrests and criminal charges. Houston linebacker, Brian Cushing, was recently suspended for 10 games for using perfomance-enhancing substances. These are the types of players who should have no offers.

Kaepernick’s lack of offers is disappointing. He is exercising his first amendment right to protest, and for a good cause. Even if they don’t agree with his politics, he has contributed a great amount to society. He has made $900,000 in donations and started a campaign, Know Your Rights Camp, which encourages higher education and empowerment for youth. He is influencing youth to better themselves and be proud. The NFL Players Association is awarding him with the Week 1 NFLPA Community MVP award for his community work and activism.

Although what Colin Kaepernick did was controversial, he is a good player and good person. The fact that NFL teams won’t hire him just emphasizes how necessary his protest and charity work is.

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  1. Daniel Hamilton on September 22nd, 2017 1:46 pm

    It’s more than his politics, when you’re discussing why he isn’t playing. It’s mainly because sports are a business, winning brings in money, and athletes play to make owners money. Off-the-field actions and in this case on-the-field (albeit before the game) can be distractions. In this case, Kaepernick is being a large distraction from winning the game. Players are allowed to be distractions. That’s why players with PED suspensions and arrests are still playing. However, their skill level has to be quantifiably just as much, and in some cases more, than the distraction they cause. Kaepernick at the time he started doing this was a back-up quarterback on a mediocre team. He was in the bottom 50% of the league when you look at his overall performance. The protest was a huge distraction. He’s not a very good player (a starter on a bad team or a back-up on maybe 50%). The distraction he causes far outweighs the benefits he brings a team.
    (Don’t get me wrong, I think he should be playing. However, when looking at it from a business perspective, because that’s what sports is, it makes sense that he isn’t playing).

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