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The Seahawks’ Michael Bennett was rather blunt in offering ESPN his opinion on why Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned to an NFL roster.
“I think the league is built on middle America, and most of the middle of America is predominately a white crowd. That’s just the truth of it. I think race is not something that the NFL wants to be a part of or get behind. But the league is predominantly African-American. Obviously, there’s the elephant in the room why Kaepernick isn’t signed, and most people know why. I’ve said this several times, and I’m not afriad to say it: I think race and politics in sports is something people don’t want to hear about, nor do people want to be apart of.”
At least Bennett is correct on one topic: people don’t want to hear about politics in sports.
Bennett believes the league’s racism is behind Kaepernick remaining a free agent, yet adds the league is “predominantly African-American.”
It’s unclear how Bennett reconciles the league being racist while a majority of its players are African-American, but that’s for Michael to figure out.
There’s an old saying, “is the juice worth the squeeze?”
In Kaepernick’s instance, it’s not. If Kaepernick were more talented, teams wouldn’t give two shits about his politics and he’d be on a roster. But Kaepernick lost his job to Blaine Gabbert last year and his stats were rather pedestrian when he did see the field. Even though he gave up his protest in an effort to get a contract this off season, the damage has been done.
Kaepernick’s just not good enough for a team to want to deal with the baggage he brings along.
Take Joe Mixon for example, the running back drafted by the Bengals who was caught on video laying a haymaker into a female’s face. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s fucking brutal. He utterly destroys her face with one devastating blow, after allegedly using homophobic slurs against the woman’s friend.
Joe Mixon is really talented with a bright future in the NFL. Even though he committed an act that was utterly deplorable, especially compared to Kaepernick’s simple protest, he’s drafted and on a roster.
Because in Joe Mixon’s case, the juice is worth the squeeze.
The NFL isn’t racist. The NFL has made and continues to make thousands of young, African-American men millionaires.
The NFL doesn’t shun political statements. The NFL still employs many players who joined in with similar Anthem protests after Kaepernick last year, as well as many players who have been outspoken on political issues.
The NFL will even give guys like Joe Mixon and Michael Vick second chances.
It’s like dating a super hot crazy chick. You’ll put up with some serious bullshit you wouldn’t tolerate from a less attractive woman. It’s a simple analogy everyone can understand.
It’s not like Kaepernick’s protest was anything extreme or outrageous. He didn’t knock his fiance out in an elevator or run a dog fighting ring. He’s just not good enough on the field to deal with the shit he brings along off of it.
In Kaepernick’s defense, he’s handling this admirably. He’s laying low, doing his thing, and waiting it out. Eventually, enough time will pass that someone will take a chance on him. And if he gets back on the field and excels, he can protest all he wants because his team will gladly deal with the headaches if he’s winning them football games.