Colin Kaepernick Voted The Most Disliked Player In The NFL...While Having The Highest Selling Jersey
Jeez, really put me between a rock and a racist place here. Most disliked player? Highest selling jersey? Kinda makes me feel like I am being a bit of a pussy for not slandering Colin Kaepernick's entire existence on Facebook OR investing actual money in outwardly supporting him. Neutrality is basically a death sentence in 2016. If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. I'm pretty sure that phrase wasn't coined with the National Anthem in mind, so I'm basically sharing a fence with the rest of the people too cowardice to start making thinly veiled prejudice statements publicly and too frugal to drop a $100 on merchandise that represents a man that doesn't even play for a team I don't even care about. Not sure how I am going to explain this one to my future kids when we are still debating this 20 years down the line...
"Daddy, what did you think about the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem?"
"Well son, I supported his right to do so because that thing that got your friend Terrell's dad beat to death by a judgmental police officer last week is called oppression and it was a big problem back in my day."
"Wow, really? Can I see your jersey?"
I mean, can you even say that you have an opinion if you are not part of a statistic? How can I continue to discuss the issue of professional athletes spitting in this country's face by attempting to make it a better place if I don't have a corresponding percentage point to legitimize my personal assessment? This whole time I thought those that wanted Colin Kaepernick to be executed or deported were the least relevant bunch, but at least they felt strongly enough to take the time to fill out a quick survey. Meanwhile, I'm over here on the sidelines bringing shame on my family name by putting more thought into Colin Kaepernick's actions than how I feel about him as a person. Can't help but think I am completely undermining the significance of the single most important kneel in American history by talking about it without wearing a San Francisco 49er's jersey OR having one casually burning in my backyard.