Does Kaepernick Refusal to Honor Military Damage 49’rs?


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He promised he would do it and fans promised they would boo, and he did and they did. A Lot of people are upset at the way 49’rs NFL player Colin Kaepernick isn’t backing down. It started with his refusal to stand while our National Anthem was played last Sunday. Yesterday Kaepernick disrespected our military. His display of arrogance can only be called what it is – Anti American. This has become a big problem for NFL owners. NFL is made of  privately owned corporations. Kaepernick may not be acknowledging this now but he signed an iron clad contract and in that contract I am sure there are stipulations that he is not allowed to hurt the brand. On Sunday, Kaepernick vowed to continue sitting during the national anthem until he was satisfied with the changes made toward racial oppression in the United States.

So when the national anthem began playing Thursday night at Qualcomm Stadium, Kaepernick and Reid took a knee while Boyer stood next to them. For the rest of the night, the San Diego Chargers celebrated their “Salute to the Military” night for the 28th year with various tributes to the troops throughout. Kaepernick knelt during the anthem, applauded veterans and active military during a first-half break with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” playing and stood for a rendition of “God Bless America,” clapping at the end of that as well. Maybe Kaepernick is trying to mitigate the damage. After hearing loud and sustained boos directed at him during the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night, Colin Kaepernick called the crowd’s negative reaction a “misunderstanding.”

The executive director of one of the largest police organizations in the country blasted Colin Kaepernick and the NFL on Thursday after learning that during training camp practices in August, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback wore socks that bear the image of cartoon pigs wearing police hats. “It’s just ridiculous that the same league that prohibits the Dallas (Cowboys) football club from honoring the slain officers in their community with their uniforms stands silent when Kaepernick is dishonoring police officers with what he’s wearing on the field,” Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations (a coalition of police unions and associations from across the country), told USA TODAY Sports.

For the rest of the night, the San Diego Chargers celebrated their “Salute to the Military” night for the 28th year with various tributes to the troops throughout. Kaepernick knelt during the anthem, applauded veterans and active military during a first-half break with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” playing and stood for a rendition of “God Bless America,” clapping at the end of that as well. From where I sat I saw him trying to make a distinction, but there is no two ways about it. Sitting or kneeling while the National Anthem is played is an afront to AMERICA, and to his fans. He may think his support of Black Lives Matter is going to either go unnoticed or applauded by some but in reality it just creates drama for the club and his team mates are no double distracted by it.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the San Francisco 49’rs don’t fire him; suing him for breach of contract. Whether Colin Kaepernick wants to admit it or not. This is a major distraction for his team and hurts the brand.

Some are saying Kaepernick has the right to sit during the National Anthem. Not so. I am sure the NFL player signed an iron clad contract with both his agent and his attorney present which has a clause in it that the player can not hurt the San Francisco 49’rs brand. I don’t know about you but I would say he has hurt the brand with his fans. As long as there is a chance fans will not watch the game as long as he is playing that hurts the brand. The argument can also be made that the drama surrounding Kaepernicks refusal to honor America is causing undue drama among his team mates. Distraction is not good for the game. Some one please take this guy out of the game. Sit him out for good, and lets play some football.


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