Trent Dilfer Responded To Colin Kaepernick With A Tale About How He Bit His Tongue Regarding Child Slavery
Trent Dilfer- "The big thing that hit me through all of this is that this is a backup quarterback, whose job is to be quiet, and sit in the shadows."
Colin Kaepernick- "I just heard briefly about it. ButI think that’s one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve heard. The fact that you say, ‘You’re a backup quarterback, stay in your place’ … that’s an issue. To me, you’re telling me that my position as a backup quarterback and being quiet is more important than peoples’ lives. I would ask him to really have a conversation with the families of people that have been murdered and see if he still feels that way. Because I’d bet you he doesn’t. Just because he hasn’t experienced that type of oppression."
Trent Dilfer- “My wife and I had been introduced to some really disturbing stuff and other social injustices, childhood slavery in our country," he said. "And I'd gone to a couple conferences and seminars where we got really deep into the details about these issues.It became a passion of ours to help fight this battle of childhood slavery around the country and I had a very big platform in Seattle and I could have leveraged being a Seattle Seahawk, being a NFL quarterback, done a lot to get that message out there, but I chose not to at the sake of not wanting to disrupt the team and I didn't want to draw attention to myself, and I didn't want to take it away from Matt, the rest of our team and our preparation to win.”
First of all, that picture above is just perfect. Seriously, read through this back and forth that's being enabled by multiple news outlets and tell me you wouldn't stare at Trent Dilfer the exact same way that Randy Moss is in that screenshot.
Second of all, did Trent Dilfer just try to use the fact that he was once a silent enabler of child slavery to make himself sound like a superior teammate to Colin Kaepernick? Where are we? Is this still the United States? Do we really have a child slavery epidemic that's gone largely undiscussed by virtually everyone? And you're telling me Trent Dilfer knew about it this whole time and didn't say anything because he didn't want his football team to feel mildly uncomfortable?! I can't be certain, but the idea of him valuing his own locker room's cohesiveness over the lives of innocent kids might not be something he wants to bring up after the fact. It doesn't do the worst job of making his point for him....as long as his point is that doing what is expected of you is more important than doing what's right.
Hey guys, say what you want about Trent Dilfer cowardly sitting on his hands as young Americans worked their hands to the bone as part of the age old practice of treating human beings as property, but don't say he didn't do everything he could to keep his team blissfully ignorant. Sure, that basically equates to nothing, but that's how backup quarterbacks contribute to successful organizations! A bunch of traumatized teenagers might owe Trent Dilfer the beatdown to end all beatdowns, but the Seattle Seahawks owe him credit for a couple of 9-7 seasons. No, he didn't throw a single meaningful pass or anything, but he did let a couple imprisoned kids die just so that his starting quarterback could rest peacefully without worrying about horrific societal issues. Take notes Colin, because if you want to get Chip Kelly to the promised land then you're just going to have to sit on your hands and completely ignore the fact that black people have been given a raw deal in this country since it's founding. It's about time Colin Kaepernick decided what's more important to him, bringing awareness to oppression or the job security of the white dude that profits off the hard work of him and his primarily African American peers. We know what Trent Dilfer would choose and - not for nothing- you can barely notice the blood on his hands while you're looking at his Super Bowl ring.