Take a Seat, Colin

That is what you were going to be doing much of this season anyway, you know, sitting. Let’s face it folks, Colin Kaepernick isn’t a good quarterback. He stormed into the league a few years ago, wowing fans with his blazing speed to go along with his rocket arm. But then, NFL defenses caught up to him, and Kaepernick didn’t just drop down to being an average QB, he completely belly flopped.

But, as he battles for his roster spot life this training camp (he’s losing to Blaine Gabbert..), we aren’t talking about what Colin can and can’t do on the football field. We are talking about a quarterback who isn’t taking a stand, literally.

The National Anthem is a staple of American sporting events. People rise, they remove their caps, some place their hand over their chest, and give their respects to this country. You see, the anthem is a lasting moment, before you leave the real world behind and enjoy a sporting event for 2-3 hours. It reminds you that we live in the greatest country in the world. We live in a country where you can make millions playing a game! And we live in a country that affords Kaepernick the right to do what he is doing, no matter how much you do or don’t like it.

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of his move, especially when the NFL is opening up most of its games on September 11th. Not standing for the anthem on 9/11? Not a good look, at least show respect for the victims. Regardless, I respect the anthem and the flag, something that many seem to not respect anymore in 2016 America.  I was raised to respect the flag. Many have died for this flag, for the freedoms we enjoy today. So to me, anytime I can stand up and honor our country I will proudly do it. 

These freedoms the flag symbolizes, the flag so many people fought and died for, also protect Kaepernicks right to free speech. They just do, and to deny that is completely making this entire situation one sided and showing how close minded you might be.

If Kaepernick feels he needs to speak up for what HE THINKS is unjust, then he has that freedom to do so. However he wants to express himself is his right, whether we agree with it or not. And I got to give him credit in this aspect. Kaepernick’s football play is literally straight shit. Hes 49ers career was on the bubble well before this media controversy. He hasn’t been healthy much of this preseason. There is a decent chance he can be cut. I’m sure Kaepernick is aware of his standing with the 49ers as well. Now doesn’t seem to be the best time to bring something like this up, but he wasn’t afraid to. Football be damned, Kaep stood up for what he believes in and realizes there is more to life than a game. He willinginly took on all the attention and backlash to to get his message out. Some athletes are comparing what he did to Muhammad Ali, who spoke out against many issues during his career. But even though we look back at Ali as beloved, he was very much hated, much like Kaep is currently being hated today. The only difference is Ali was the greatest, whereas Kaepernick is atrocious.

The point is, show your respect for this country. Be grateful you live here, be grateful for those who fought for you, those who protect you. This country is far from perfect. There are people out there who are truly struggling, who live a life I or many of you know nothing about. Things can be changed, and there are things that do need to change. 

But as much as I don’t agree with Kaepernick, this is what is most at stake here; freedom. Freedom of speech, what seems so censored lately, must always be allowed to exist and thrive, no matter how vile that position is. This has put the 49ers in a difficult spot as well. There was buzz all offseason about the team trading Kaepernick. Maybe the Niners could just say forget it and cut him. It can be entirey all about his recent horrendous play, but many will view him being cut due to the media circus he has brought on the team with his actions this past weekend. No team will sign him if he’s cut either. No team wants to bring in that kind of scrutiny, especially in the NFL. 

While I’m not a fan of Kaep doing this, am I going to be sitting here, stewing over this. Does Kaepernick not standing affect me in anyway? No, I will live my life the way I want, so will Kaepernick and so will you. That’s the beauty of living in America 🇺🇸.

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