Colin Kaepernick: Sit Him or Start Him?

Most of you are probably like me when it comes to an upcoming NFL season. I am excited and always look forward to watching games and highlights plus getting involved in Fantasy Football and rooting for my favorite players and teams. I simply love watching the NFL.

Colin Kaepernick is actually relevant for the first time in along time. When participating in my fantasy football draft, I never even saw his name listed. Having been relegated to the bench while making tons of money, I can imagine that Colin was trying to find a way to get back in the spotlight.

If you have followed Colin’s professional career, you probably have noted that he is not known for being an advocate for social justice and social equality. After a high profile partying incident in Miami, his career has kind of gone south. In his case, after throwing more interceptions then touchdowns, he had been relegated to back up status.

Kaepernick had been hanging out on the bench without any real attention so I think he made a calculated decision in the hopes that somebody might notice him again. So what better way then protesting the National Anthem by sitting on the bench while all others stood. He has every right to do so because in America we have those freedoms. Just like all those blasting Kaepernick have the right to speak negatively about him because they have the freedom to state what they think.

An attention seeker does not care if the attention is negative or positive as long as the attention is received. Colin is no different then the student who acts up in the classroom just so they can get the attention of others. We all know them. (I suppose that would include me who was known as the class clown back in my day.) Most fans outside of San Francisco had forgotten about Colin Kaepernick but now he has become one of the most talked about and evidently disliked individuals in America. (I’m sure Hillary and Donald are jealous of all the attention he is receiving.)

Kaepernick says, “Yes. I’ll continue to sit. I’m going to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me this is something that has to change and when there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country-is representing the way that it’s supposed to-I’ll stand.”

“Yes. I’ll continue to sit. I’m going to stand with the people that are being oppressed.” (Sit and stand in the same paragraph, wow.) Colin says he is going to do more to fight oppression but what it is he hasn’t figured that out yet. So I’m guessing that Kaepernick will continue to receive attention, something that he hasn’t received in many a month and think about this, how many benchwarmers get that amount of attention? Probably no one else. I believe this is just his way of trying to stay relevant since it wasn’t happening as a starting qb.

That’s my take away. A grandstanding stunt that has somehow made him relevant again and back in the spotlight. For him a brilliant move. Think about it; his career will probably not be worth noting for his play, but now he will always be remembered and his name known for sitting during the playing of the National Anthem at games.

Kaepernick has every right to stand up (or in his case sit down) for what he believes. But sitting for the National Anthem does absolutely nothing to bring about change. Judging from Facebook posts, he has alienated many Americans. I would think that it would be much better if he found a more meaningful way to implement the changes he says that he seeks.

But in reality, I’m guessing that most 49er fans would be happy if he can change his td to interception ratio. Until that changes, I say you just sit him. Just saying.

About timfruth

Longtime public educator who recently retired from public education. Messed around in politics as a town councilor and vice mayor. I am a father and a husband who currently works in a new active career in Human Resources. Love the outdoors and rapidly adjusting to a new me.
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