Welcome to The Blog About Nothing. It’s the 3rd of March and it feels like 2017 is going by way too fast. I’m all in favor of slowing things down, but that’s not the way life works. Sad to say.
So as life goes on, so shall we. This week I have to admit that I am disappointed by someone I wanted to believe in. Normally, I try to look at an issue and come up with a rational response but I’ll be honest with you: this blog will be all emotion. I’ll probably regret these words at some point but for now I think I’m just going to rant blog.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a fraud. Let me repeat that: he is a fraud. This week Kaepernick announced that he will no longer kneel for the National Anthem.
No. It comes to an end because he needs a job. A job. Colin is a free agent and apparently very aware that his political views would have made it difficult to find a new team.
So he drops his stance. He will now stand for the National Anthem. He is doing it for a job. A man’s ideals apparently can be set aside for economic opportunity.
Who are the losers here? We are. All those who were in favor of his activism are the losers here. I wasn’t 100 percent on board since he did make some missteps but I felt that his ideals, and his initial idea, came from a sincere place.
I wanted to believe in Kaepernick. I wanted to believe that athletes were going to become the leaders for change like they were in the past. I really did. I looked at Kaepernick and thought he could be the Jim Brown of our era.
Instead I was fooled. It was all about him at the end of the day. Now, I did warn about that in this blog space a few months ago, but I was hoping I would be wrong. Yes, Kaepernick had some missteps in words, and choices. Yes, I thought his non-voting stance was foolish, but I still held out hope.
I loved the seminars. I loved the fact that he took his activism around the country and held workshops for young people informing them of their rights. I thought that was a great thing. I wanted him to carry that on, but no, he needs a job.
Colin at the end of the day will likely push all of that aside for the chance to get picked up by a new team. It’s admittedly a smart play for a business man but I think it’s the wrong play for someone who could be a fine activist.
If activism was really what it was about, he should say to hell with the NFL. Commit to your stance, take a roll of the dice on your career, and if you aren’t picked up by a new team, then commit to it full time. Be the leader that you appear to be, but no, he needs a job.
So I feel let down today. I doubt he cares about that, and if I were him, I wouldn’t give a damn what anyone is saying about me, but I still do feel let down.
I wanted to believe. I did. Now? Now I feel like for the second time in the past few months I have allowed myself to get attached to something that has let me down in the end.
I’m done. I can say more, but what is the point? I’m just going to sit here feeling let down.
Thanks for reading.
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