It’s been more than a year since NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to take a stand for equal justice and against unconstitutional policing by taking a knee during the singing of the national anthem at the start of football games. A year later, he is still being made to pay the price for daring to speak out against racial injustice, discrimination and bigotry.
But the backlash against the outspoken QB has grown from sharp criticism and blame for the league’s slipping television viewership into him being blackballed and made an example of by NFL teams.
In a league where solid, competitive quarterbacks are hard to come by, Kaepernick is being told that none of the NFL franchises could benefit from his athletic services.
One might argue that such is the price a professional athlete pays for being compensated with millions of dollars annually for playing a team sport by team owners who clearly represent the ruling 1 percent.
NFL owners, executives and others might argue that athletes aren’t paid to think or to voice their personal opinions about the social and political issues of the day. But are they being handsomely compensated to shut up and play ball, a notion that inspired the concept of a $60 million slave?