Kapernik-Fool or Genius

November 25, 2019

Mike Wilcox
Mike’s Musings Columnist

I’ve decided after this weekend’s fiasco, Colin Kaepernik is either a fool or a genius- I’m not sure which.

He was certainly clever when he parlayed his kneeling for the National Anthem, into a multi-million dollar enterprise, mostly coming from Nike. His frizzy afro and fast talk made him the spokesperson for disadvantaged Blacks, even though he was a millionaire many times over, and was raised by a white family in an upper-class neighborhood.

Some might argue, hey billionaire Trump rose to the presidency on the broken backs of blue-collar laborers, why can’t Kaepernik do the same with disadvantaged Blacks?

The guy was on top of the world until this weekend. This was supposed to be the time when Kaepernik displayed his quarterback wares, including his rocket arm, to nearly 25 NFL teams at the Atlanta Falcons football complex. It was to be organized by the NFL , JayZ, in coordination with Kaepernik’s camp. Yes, the man who supposedly is banned from the NFL has a camp, or posse, if you may, of a couple dozen hangers-on.

In the final hours before Kaepernik was to show the world how he hadn’t lost his football skills, even though he hadn’t played competitively in three years, the martyr decided to move the tryout to a high school field sixty miles away. Now mind you this was an NFL event, paid in whole by them with a little help from JayZ (presumably he was acting as the intermediary). Kaepernik said in the final moments he wouldn’t attend because certain media were not allowed, and if NFL teams were truly interested they could see him perform at the new location. Word has it six or seven of those teams did attend.

But word also has it the NFL hierarchy is totally disgusted. So is JayZ, who stuck his nose out for his so-called friend in trying to make this legitimate tryout happen. Noted sports commentator Stephen A. Smith called it a joke and lamented Kaepernik would rather be a martyr than a quarterback, thus he should stop the charade.

If Kaepernik truly wants to be a quarterback in the NFL, then he played the part of a fool over the weekend. Several teams including the Detroit Lions who had lost their number one, Matt Stafford, were seriously considering the hiring of Kap, if his tryout was up to par. Kaepernik, today, would be on an NFL roster, making a couple of million, if he had stuck to the agreed upon workout session at the Falcon complex. But nope, he again tried to make the NFL look foolish, and take his “dog and pony show” elsewhere because organizers didn’t cave to a final demand.

Jeez they had already allowed Kap to hire his own receivers. They agreed to several of his other demands, but like a spoiled child, he pouted his way to another facility. Mind you this was a job interview. Teams were checking out his arm and footwork to determine whether to hire him. Imagine any of us making demands of a potential employer like he did. We wouldn’t even be allowed in to the interview room.

Thus I have determined Kaepernik has no desire to play football. This charade was an attempt to get more publicity. Kap was no longer in the media spotlight, and like Trump, he craves attention, thus this tryout would feed his craving. It certainly did that and now he can continue to be the martyr and wave the victory flag against the imperialistic NFL. Just maybe he isn’t a fool after all.

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