One of the hottest issues to hit the world of professional sports over the last year or so is the whole Colin Kaepernick ordeal, which most of us were hoping was finally dead and buried along with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s career.
Apparently that’s not the case, as football players from a variety of different teams seem determined to carry on the man’s legacy, for better or worse.
For those who might not be huge NFL fans, the whole controversy started when Kaepernick decided to voice his support for Black Lives Matter by taking a knee during the National Anthem. Soon, players across the league followed his example.
What came next left the National Football League stunned, as fans of the sport stopped tuning in and coming to games, citing the disrespect being show the country in these “acts of protests” as a main reason for staying home.
Not every pro-athlete is on board with Kaepernick and his buddies’ cheap form of “activism.”
Boxing legend George Foreman recently decided to deliver a message to Kaepernick, calling him out for his “privilege,” a loaded term these days that’s sure to ruffle the feathers of the politically correct crowd.
Former world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman leveled a big-time haymaker, in a manner of speaking, to former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other like-minded athletes who won’t stand for the national anthem before games and refuse to visit the White House after championships.
Foreman said in an interview Monday with the Offended America Podcast that “a lot of us died in war so that [Kaepernick] could have that privilege” of taking a knee when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played.
“The greatest day of my life was when I put on my colors, representing the United States in the Olympics,” Foreman said, recalling his boxing gold medal in 1968. “I love the United States. I love the flag. But there are a lot of people who haven’t found that reason. They don’t strive. They haven’t been brought up with people who were patriotic to even point them in the right direction.”
He also called NBA star Kevin Durant and other athletes “sore losers” for saying they won’t visit the White House because Republican President Donald Trump sits in the Oval Office.
For his part, Foreman is a big Trump supporter — and won’t soon forget how Trump supported him after he came out of retirement and then at age 42 challenged Evander Holyfield for the title in 1991 in Atlantic City, bringing a lot of money Foreman’s way with pay-per-view receipts.
“I was broke, too. Bankrupt,” Foreman said. “But [Trump] put me back. He’s part of writing those checks so I could be back on the wealthy side again.”
Couldn’t have said it any better.
Isn’t it ironic that people like Kaepernick, who make millions of dollars to play a game while most Americans slave away all week just to live paycheck to paycheck, are the ones complaining about how awful and racist this country is?
The same country that gave them protected Constitutional rights and provided opportunities for them to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and make a handsome living playing the game they love with all of their hearts?
What these guys aren’t taking into consideration is that millions of people have given their lives in order to preserve the way of life they now enjoy. The ability to be a millionaire football player cost a lot of folks life and limb, so not standing and honoring this nation and the flag that represents it is a slap in the face to the sacrifice that was made by these brave souls.
The real reason so many players are participating in this behavior is because it boosts their popularity on social media. These days, being an athlete or a celebrity means that people want to hear your opinion on what’s going on in the world.
In order to stay relevant and therefore appealing to sponsors and advertisers, you better share the correct opinion or view on a given social issue. If not, you’ll be drug through the streets like a lamb to the slaughter by the PC folk who are always eagerly on the hunt for the next sacrifice to the false idols of political correctness and inclusivity.
What the NFL and it’s athletes don’t understand is that the average American doesn’t tune into a football game to hear about politics. They watch the game to get away from every day life, to spend time with family and friends just enjoying a few peaceful moments out of the rat race.
When you push an agenda so aggressively, like these players are doing, it alienates that group of people, which just happen to make up the overwhelming majority of your viewing audience.
That doesn’t seem like a super smart move to make.
Let’s hope Kaepernick and his fellow pro-ballers actually listen to the message that’s being sent here by Foreman and strive to actually grow up a bit and act like adults. If they refuse to straighten up, they should be fined by the league.