I began in California as a John Madden and the “Snake” Raiders fan until they dumped Oakland and moved to that uninhabitable place, Los Angeles. The Niners were coming into their own with Joe Montana and I jumped on the bandwagon.
It’s been a pretty good ride until now.
An ignorant multi-millionaire quarterback having all the success of the American dream who now tells us the country that gave him so much is unworthy of his respect.
You can think or say whatever you want in this country but you can’t avoid the repercussions of saying something ignorant and stupid through the megaphone of fame.
I won’t be following the Niners this year with this idiot at the helm. And as for the Niners management; You need to own up to your responsibility. Having had San Francisco in your name is no excuse. You have a responsibility to your business and insulting your fan base is not good business. No fans means no money and ultimately no Niners.
Fire the jerk.
Kaepernick Anthem Snub is Not a Free Speech Issue
From Townhall By Mark Davis, Aug 29, 2016
It is hard to know which is more disillusioning: an NFL quarterback stupid enough to insult an entire nation in a political hissy fit, or a multitude of constitutionally illiterate people who think it is a free speech issue.
Let’s cover both.
For a while there, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a story featuring something for everyone to admire. His childhood was a product of admirable values from the beginning, from a birth mother who chose adoption over abortion to a white couple raising a mixed-race child in one of those environments that inspiringly proves that racial differences do not matter. A straight-A student in high school, he thrilled fans at the University of Nevada with a dazzling combination of passing and running talents.
In just five NFL years, he has led the 49ers to two NFC championship games and a Super Bowl. He is recognized for multiple tattoos, but many refer to faith and contain actual Bible verses. So much to admire.
And now this: a spectacle stemming from his refusal to stand for the national anthem because to do so would “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
I don’t presume to know how Mom and Dad feel as their son aligns with the America-hating bile of Black Lives Matter, but a weekend social media firestorm has revealed reactions from many corners.
Most have it exactly right, that this is an infuriating story of another slap at our nation based on anger over racial disparities. Kaepernick’s derision of America is not even limited to the police controversies of late. It is a wide indictment typical of today’s worst race-baiters— that America remains a racist cauldron despite the wave of enlightenment that began more than twenty years before Kaepernick was born.
Less than a decade after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, racism was on its way to the dankest corners of human behavior. “All in the Family” won massive affection for lampooning bigotry; from legislation to the culture, racism was being chased into obscurity. By the time baby Colin was raised in a loving home, being a racist was already the worst attitude anyone could display in America, a stigma even more sharply honed today.
Can racism still be found? Of course. It is part of the seamy underbelly of human nature that will always fester in the occasional basement, along with religious bigotry and misogyny.
But anyone asserting today that our entire nation deserves an attitudinal scolding on race is guilty of a stunning level of ignorance. Kaepernick’s explanation his tantrum is filled with the first-person obsessions of the narcissist: “I know that I stood up for what is right… It would be selfish on my part to look the other way.”
What a complete shovelful.
So his black teammates who actually stood for the anthem, and players on other teams, many of color, who have distanced from his petulance, what are they? Just not as sensitive and socially aware as the wise and bold Colin Kaepernick?
It is his incendiary gesture that smacks of selfishness, a self-absorption that says “because I am upset I am going to offend the sensibilities of millions of Americans.”
I’m sure this 28-year-old views himself as the heroic heir to Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who raised their fists in black power salutes on the medal stand in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Controversy exploded then, too, but they could point to a nation where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been killed six months earlier and widespread acceptance of racial equality was still a work in progress.
Colin Kaepernick has chosen to engage in an act of hate against the America of 2016, a nation purged of every law that tilted against minorities, a nation that elected a black president when he was a sophomore in college.
One presumes Kaepernick has read a newspaper since. Of course, we would like to presume that all of the idiotic claims of America’s still-racist soul would be instantly dismissed as folly. Not as long as there are political points to be scored by casting doubt on the miraculous progress we have made in eradicating prejudice.
The twittersphere ballooned with condemnation of Kaepernick, but also contained voices thrilled to have their own disdain for America reflected in as public a space as an NFL sideline.
So is this just one of those things where we all agree to disagree? It is not.
The 49ers and the NFL have issued the lamest of responses, the team saying it “recognizes the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in the celebration of our national anthem,” the league saying it “encourages but does not require players to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”