PFT- Former NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart offered Colin Kaepernick similar advice Ray Lewis did a day earlier: Keep quiet about social activism.
“Right now he’s not giving himself a chance,” Stewart said, via NFL No Huddle on TuneIn with Brian Webber. “I don’t think it’s the owners; I think it’s more or less Colin Kaepernick in my mind. Stay off of social media, and when it comes to the political side of everything, you can express yourself, you can do it quietly. I mean people are looking for former athletes and athletes out there doing some things that can be headline news. Do it from a charitable standpoint. Stay low-key about it. You don’t have to be so [loud], especially in this world of politics in the game of football."
“You see what’s taking place with him right now. He’s not even getting a chance to play and he’s better than 90 percent plus of the backups playing in the National Football League, let alone some starters that are playing right now.”
I don't really want to delve into the factors that are currently keeping Colin Kaepernick out of a job that he is more than qualified for because - at this point - they have been discussed here, there, and everywhere ad nauseam. Still, it would be a disservice for me not to mention that last night seems like a weird time for Kordell Stewart to make the proclamation that his unemployment has nothing to do with ownership when this was the hottest of topics as of yesterday morning...
Now, I don't particularly care that a former NFL quarterback spewed absolute nonsense in the wake of a news break that had already proven him wrong. It just makes me wonder when the qualifications for giving advice changed so drastically. Granted, I would rather take life lessons from Kordell Stewart than Ray Lewis and Mike Vick, but I would prefer to take guidance from someone that speaks from experience and there's no more than a couple athletes walking the planet that have fallen victim in the way Colin Kaepernick has. There's no jackass analyst that should be telling him how to conduct himself, because there's no jackass analyst that has been shunned as "unAmerican" for doing something as American as trying to bring awareness to an obvious social injustice.
I wouldn't want sex tips from a virgin, I wouldn't want a drink suggestion from a Mormon bartender, and - if my job was at risk for taking a knee on behalf of human rights - I certainly wouldn't want career advice from someone whose entire career wasn't jeopardized by a peaceful protest. Kordell Stewart might as well be on set babbling about what's it like be white in America, because he's spent just as much time as a caucasian as he has a martyr.
Never mind that Colin Kaepernick has predominantly done his charitable work behind-the-scenes and outside of the public eye, thus making Kordell Stewart's point completely moot. The truth is, I'm just as annoyed by an ill-informed ex-NFLer's decision to give advice as I am by the fact that his advice absolutely fucking sucks.