Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos states on Sunday that there will be a “Collusion” grievance filed against the NFL on behalf of the ex-superstar. A lawsuit that comes months after Kaepernick’s peaceful protest kneelings during the National Anthem; that many fans may speculate to be the ultimate cause of why his return to the field may never happen again.
The 29-year-old Kaepernick was once feared at the quarterback position with his unique ability to run and throw the ball effectively; he had the 49ers back in the playoffs and overachieving all expectations. In addition, he even led the team to their first Super Bowl appearance in over 10 years where they would come up short by a goal-line stand against the Baltimore Ravens.
So what happened? Where did all this talent go?
Nowhere actually, Since 2011 when Kaepernick was drafted by the 49ers, five out of his seven years in the league, he has accounted for over 40% of his teams scoring and total yardage. Statistics like these are only produced by a few elite players (Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russel Wilson, Cam Newton…). A group that players strive to be a part of.
But even with the great stats, the running ability, the arm that can make any throw, we still find ourselves wondering, what happened to Colin Kaepernick?
Since early last year in August during the preseason game when Kaepernick decided to sit and then gradually kneel for the National Anthem, there just seemed to be a black cloud of disappointment overshadowing his career. Nonetheless, the talented young man still chose to protest peacefully in efforts to shed light on social injustice and oppression for African American people in today’s society.
And despite his good intentions, it appears that he is being punished for his actions; not by way of the law but simply by keeping him off the football field and out of the league entirely.
Now, we all know in the history of the NFL that negativity has never been an overarching reason to keep players with talent off of an NFL roster. I could go down the list of impact players who were toxic to their prospective organizations but that’s not the point I want to convey.
Colin Kaepernick has been treated unfairly, blackballed, misunderstood, isolated, scrutinized and taken away from the game that he loves to play, football. For a guy that can surely be a starter in this league; to be treated in the manner that he has been treated in, is quite disturbing.
Kaepernick just wants a fair shot to play just like any other player battling for a position. Clearly, we can see that someone has alluded to the owner’s, that hey… this guy will not disrespect our flag because of his ethical beliefs. Furthermore, this type of outlandish behavior is unacceptable and will be condemned from the NFL(Trump).
More importantly, I am glad there are people in the world like ESPN First Take Analyst Stephan A. Smith who will hold “anyone” accountable for there “mess” if it doesn’t add up.
Above all, ENOUGH is ENOUGH! Blackballed or not, Kaepernick has run out of faith and patience with the NFL.