By Ray Starmann
The season hasn’t even started yet and the NFL is already running a 40 yard dash into trouble.
Colin Kaepernick, the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, with electrified hair by Chia Pet and a body so tattooed that it resembles an East LA viaduct, sat through the National Anthem during last week’s exhibition game versus the Green Bay Packers.
Kaepernick’s reasons for disrespecting his nation and the veterans who gave their lives and limbs for his freedom was your typical idiotic leftist rant, with a touch of Black Panther thrown in for bad measure.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
According to Kaepernick, the US is oppressing people of color here and abroad. We’re the bad guys, not ISIS, North Korea or Iran. In Kaepernick’s world, white men are virtually slave owners, who subjugate black men on a daily basis; like the white people, John and Jed York and Denise DeBartolo York who own the San Francisco 49ers and who oppress Mr. Kaepernick by paying him $14 million dollars a year.
Kaepernick stated that he will continue to sit through the National Anthem at every game. Apparently, his decision to be an unpatriotic scumbag and an uninformed idiot came after long consultation with his family and his Muslim girlfriend.
As a vet, and an American, I find Kaepernick’s behavior to be disgraceful, sickening and the act of a spoiled brat who has no clue about his country, its history or its current role in the world at large.
Colin Kaepernick is just another overpaid, out of control jerk in the NFL. The NFL has a discipline problem and has had one for at least ten years. Prima Donna players get away with limited or no punishments from Roger Goodell and the league, even though they beat their girlfriends, commit assorted felonies and misdemeanors, deflate balls, and now refuse to stand for the National Anthem. Idiot players run around the field with hippie hair flowing out from their helmets, looking like Jamaican pot dealers and members of 1970’s Euro rock bands. Players go on violent rants on social media, TV and in their locker rooms. Other players turn a touchdown pass completion into an episode of Dancing with the Stars before the referee can wrestle the ball away from them.
In the NFL, the inmates are indeed running the asylum.
A jerk like Kaepernick is really a Sign of the Times.
The NFL has become just like American society and American schools: spoiled, petty, undisciplined, out of control; and what is a growing trend among the left, unpatriotic. Coaches like Pete Carroll use politically correct, soft and kind methods to try and motivate a whole generation of un-coachable players. A coach is no longer a drill sergeant, butt kicker, but the player’s buddy, their best friend, someone to speak kindly to them as they scream at the top of their lungs to a terrified female reporter on the sidelines.
Niners coach Chip Kelly told reporters on Saturday that Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the National Anthem is “his right as a citizen” and said “it’s not my right to tell him not to do something.”
And today, Michigan head coach and former Niners head coach, Jim Harbaugh, apologized for stating yesterday that he didn’t respect the motivation behind Kaepernick’s action. Just one question, Coach Harbaugh, why are you apologizing to Colin Kaepernick?
Give me a break…
Gone are the days of Ditka, Papa Bear Halas, Tom Landry, Don Shula, Bud Grant, Hank Stram and of course, Vince Lombardi.
Kaepernick would have lasted approximately three seconds under Lombardi. Lombardi would have called Kaepernick into his office and then bounced him off a couple wall lockers like a used super ball. That would have been followed by Kaepernick’s trip down to the local barber shop for a high and tight and a shave. Somewhere in the process, Kaepernick would have had his tattoos removed.
Lombardi would have told Kaepernick that if he wanted to; one, live to see another day, and two ever make it past the practice team again, he would stand every Sunday for the National Anthem.
Kaepernick would have learned about real world Lombardi discipline and “oppression” at the hands of one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NFL.
But, Lombardi is gone, although his genius and vision lives in perpetuity on the old, subdued color NFL films, narrated by a man nearly as gigantic as Lombardi, Mr. John Facenda.
The NFL desperately needs leaders of men like Vince Lombardi. The NFL has talented coaches, bright people, but they lack the ability to lead men. They are too afraid of the inmates, the press, the fans and the lawyers.
No doubt, Kaepernick will continue to snub his nose at America every Sunday as he sits on the bench during the National Anthem while he texts someone from the Muslim Brotherhood or Black Lives Matter or some other radical, anarchist, anti-American group.
No doubt, coaches and other players will continue to make excuses for Colin Kaepernick and coddle him. He’s just a misunderstood Millennial who needs a safe space.
What he needs is some old fashioned wall to wall counseling.