Colin Kaepernick is suing the NFL. That’s right. As a free agent, he can’t find a job, and instead of blaming his actions he blames the team owners. This is a peak moment of stupidity in a situation involving an organization that is wholly devoted to promoting immoral, unjust public displays that bring shame to our great nation. My commitment to respectable language makes it difficult to properly comment on these shenanigans.
Things are still in an early stage, but you can expect Kaepernick to try and milk the legal system to compensate for his current unemployment. At this stage, he has officially filed a grievance against the NFL. In his claim, he says that NFL owners deliberately colluded to prevent him from playing and that they breached their collective bargaining agreement. He asserts that the controversy around his kneeling for the national anthem is the sole reason for his unemployment and that the NFL is punishing him for bringing bad publicity to the organization.
His claims are conveniently forgetting that he voluntarily ended his contract with the 49ers and that dozens of NFL players are kneeling every week and keeping their jobs, but we’ll talk about all of that more in a minute. This lawsuit is complete stupidity, capped by the fact that it will probably be cheaper and easier for the NFL to settle than actually carry out proper justice.
The easiest way to unravel Kaepernick’s complaints is to look at the timeline of events. In 2014, Kaepernick was still a respected, playoff-potential quarterback. That’s probably why the 49ers gave him a six-year contract extension. By that contract, he had guaranteed employment through 2020.
Unfortunately for him, he stopped winning in 2015. A season of underperformance was capped by an injury in November that kept him off the field. He was healthy to return in 2016, but before the season began, it was announced that he would not be the starting quarterback. An underwhelming previous season hurt his outlook. It was after this announcement that Kaepernick started kneeling (probably assuming that he was benched over the color of his skin rather than his inability to win).
Despite trying a new quarterback, the 49ers still couldn’t win. Kaepernick ultimately got plenty of play time last year, and he put together 1 win in 12 games. The 49ers only other win of the season came when Kaepernick stayed off the field.
Let’s spend a little time on this. The NFL is a professional league. Competition is ferocious. Every team employs a salary-capped lineup. If you aren’t winning, especially at quarterback, you won’t play. The end. Despite that, the 49ers were obligated to keep Kaepernick because of a contract. There may have been a buyout clause in there, but that’s not what happened. Kaepernick decided to become a free agent, fully expecting his 1-12 season to land him a better job.
Name a profession where you can have a failure rate of over 90 percent and still get a job? Nowhere. Sure, the NFL is far more competitive than most professions, but that’s part of the deal.
If NFL owners appeared to collude, it’s only because they all independently reached the same decision. Kaepernick isn’t a winner, and they don’t want him tanking their franchises.
Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the stupid iceberg. Entire teams have kneeled and protested the anthem. Literally hundreds of players have participated in this farce of a protest, and yet, only the ones who have voluntarily eliminated their contracts (which is just Kaepernick as of now) are without a job. The NFL actually has rules in the book requiring players to respect the flag and the anthem and has holistically chosen not to pursue any disciplinary action. In fact, the NFL’s refusal to be patriotic (and reasonable in a basic sense) has cost the organization billions of dollars already. Why would they single out Kaepernick?
The worst of it all is to compare another quarterback who was wronged: Tim Tebow. Now, I know not everyone loved Tebow, but as far as wins go, he was superior to Kaepernick by a ridiculous amount. Despite the winning, NFL owners actually did collude against him because they didn’t like his public displays of faith. NFL owners chose losing quarterbacks over a record-setting Tim Tebow (he set almost a dozen in his rookie season).
This is clearly an organization that cares more about ridiculous progressive publicity wins than smart business decisions. Even with all of that, they still won’t sign Kaepernick. What else is there to say?
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