Former NFL signal-caller Colin Kaepernick was ratioed online after suggesting in video clips that the league’s “combine” competition, whereby players voluntarily show up in an effort to showcase their skill levels in the hopes of being drafted or signed by a team, to the 18th-century slave trade.
Fox News reported:
“Colin in Black & White” explored the former NFL star’s life from high school to the events that supposedly led him to become an advocate for social justice. One clip that had gone viral on social media showed Kaepernick comparing the scrutiny players receive from coaches to that of slavers.
“But let me tell you, what they don’t want you to understand, is what’s established is a power dynamic,” Kaepernick claimed while images depicted NFL athletes under evaluation by coaches.
“Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod, and examine you searching for any defect that might affect your performance,” he added. “No boundary respected. No dignity left intact.”
Next, the video clip harkens back to the slave days with the same athletes depicted as shackled at a slave auction being physically evaluated.
“Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL combine, which allows all players of all races a voluntary chance to become multi-millionaires, to slavery. Anyone still defending this imbecile lacks a functional brain,” said former sports analyst and current talk show host Clay Travis in a tweet containing the video clip.
Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL combine, which allows all players of all races a voluntary chance to become multi-millionaires, to slavery. Anyone still defending this imbecile lacks a functional brain. pic.twitter.com/rMaKi7c6xh
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 30, 2021
The responses online to Kaepernick’s comparison were swift and harsh.
“How dare @Kaepernick7 compare the evil endured by so many of our ancestors to a bunch of millionaires who CHOSE to play game,” noted former NFL great Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT).
“Colin Kaepernick thinks playing in the NFL is the same as being a slave. Kaepernick made $43.4 million playing for the 49ers and he still has a multi-million dollar Nike deal. This guy is an idiot and will do anything for attention. It’s that simple,” added the Daily Caller’s sports writer David Hookstead.
“The irony of Colin Kaepernick is that he’ll compare the NFL to slavery but remain silent on actual slavery in Xinjiang, where his Nike shoes are made.,” noted Ian Miles-Cheong, a conservative journalist.
“This is so ridiculous. Comparing NFL players to slaves? Idiotic. Kaepernick does a disgusting disservice to those who actually suffered through slavery. This is so dumb,” athlete Jeff Hecht noted.
“My ancestors knew real slavery… it wasn’t being paid $20 million/year to play a game,” Kathy Barnette, a political candidate, added.
Kaepernick, who played in a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers, became highly controversial when he began kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem, starting a trend throughout the league that some say was eventually responsible for the loss of millions of fans.
He has attempted to get back in the league several times but has not performed well enough during workouts for any team to sign him.
He played his last game — a loss to the Seattle Seahawks — on Jan. 1, 2017.