By Lamont Mann
Vick stated that Kaepernick needs to cut his hair.
Judging by the flood of headlines and tweets regarding this topic, one would think that Vick was being a hater. However, it is quite the contrary. As I watched the full interview, I realized that Vick was simply talking about overall presentation.
Social Media is clearly pissed off at Vick: he’s since been called all types of racial slurs, and Kaepernick himself took to twitter to imply that Vick is a victim of Stockholm Syndrome.
I find it extremely interesting for Kaepernick to mention Stockholm Syndrome, while at the same time championing Fidel Castro and the Castro regime. Castro is one of the top 10 Brainwashers/Manipulators of all time… and Kaepernick appears to be cool with that?
When Kaepernick first made headlines by sitting in protest during the National Anthem, I honestly wasn’t mad at him. If that’s the way he wants to protest, without violence, so be it. I wouldn’t have done it, and I hoped he was prepared to accept the consequences, but wasn’t mad all the same. I feel the same about Vick – I wouldn’t tell another man what to do with their physical appearance, but I do understand his point. He’ll just have to deal with the media backlash, same as any other.
Instead of calling Vick all types of racial slurs and what not, I choose to see a guy who’s image had been equally tarnished, and had to rebuild it – just like Kaepernick. Also, just like the other, these guys both had to re-enter the NFL as a back-up QB. Unless you are living in a fairytale where people don’t follow football, you should know that pro teams are not about to actively acquire a player with ongoing unnecessary baggage. It’s a distraction. That’s just the reality.
Sure, if Kaepernick was a frontline starter like Russel Wilson, Tom Brady or Cam Newton, the NFL would be more accepting. But… he isn’t. Whoever does not understand this concept is just plain ignorant when is comes to professional football.
Again, Kaepernick knew exactly what he was doing when he began his “protest.” Newsflash: Kaepernick, nor any of his social media justice warriors, are going to guilt the NFL to acquiring him. It is what it is. I am sure Michael Sam also regrets “coming out” as a third or fourth string player. Back-up players are not coveted like starters are, and their rope is much shorter.
Back to Vick’s comment…
Vick was trying to tell Kaepernick that if he really wants to play in the NFL, he should clean up his image. And while I easily see it as image rebuilding, social media justice warriors see it as “selling out.” It’s pretty lame, because I’m positive that the same people who are crying for “justice” wouldn’t walk into an interview with a 70’s style Mexican afro, either.
There are certain things that back-up players have to accept. You play by the rules, or you don’t play. A few months ago, I questioned if Kaepernick even wanted to play football at all, but now I am beginning to wonder if Kaepernick actually thinks he’s a legit starter.
Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is your weekly Friday updater, and also weighs in on a variety of subjects throughout the week. Former military man, UH Grad. Follow him on Twitter: @sportsmedialm
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