The controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick and the national anthem is one of the most widely debated topics in the country right now. Earlier this week, Kaepernick was forced to face the harsh truth about the protest trend he started.
Despite Kaepernick being sure that he would have a job with another NFL team when he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, those efforts have fallen flat. Sports Illustrated reports that the Houston Texans signed quarterback Josh Johnson after the team released Matt McGloin. Johnson has not thrown a single pass since 2011. In other words, the Texans would rather have an unemployed quarterback of five years than Colin Kaepernick.
McGloin was signed by the Texans after Deshaun Watson suffered a knee injury that put him out for the rest of the season. The result was that they put their backup quarterback, Tom Savage, in at the starting position.
This move brought the team down to two quarterbacks, Watson and Savage. The Texans needed to bring a third quarterback in and decided on Johnson over the controversial Kaepernick.
Perhaps shocking to many, Johnson, 31, has a record of five touchdowns and ten interceptions in his career. In comparison, Kaepernick is 30 years old and has 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
Kaepernick is viewed in a tainted light because of his protests over the national anthem protests that he began last season. As a way to push back against perceived “racial injustice,” Kaepernick decided to kneel during the national anthem before every game.
Eventually, more players followed suit. This decision was not received well by the general public. Even President Donald Trump lashed out at the protesting players for disrespecting the United States and the military when they refused to stand during the national anthem.
The former 49ers quarterback filed a grievance under the guise of a violation of the collective bargaining agreement. Kaepernick’s claim is that NFL owners are colluding to leave the troubled former-quarterback unemployed.
Cited in the grievance is Texans owner Bob McNair. Instead of acknowledging the fact that no one wants him on their team because he is a controversial player who affects decreased revenue, he seems to believe that there is a deep conspiracy executed against him. In reality, his poor game performance and controversy have likely resulted in his continued unemployment — not racism or any other conspiracy.
Football players are drafted to play the game and entertain people who enjoy the sport. Kaepernick has shown little interest in the sport and, instead, seems to want to use the opportunity of the sports spotlight to be a social justice warrior.
Colin Kaepernick was passed over for a quarterback that hadn’t been on a team in five years. Will he ever work for the NFL again?
The owners, coaches, and league as a whole want to avoid controversy that has resulted in declined ratings and perceptions of the league. If they choose to hire someone who isn’t a controversial figure, they are entitled to make that call.
Kaepernick fails to understand that he is not “entitled” to employment in the NFL. The teams are businesses, and the employees are players who are hired based on their talents and ability to work as a member of a team. Kaepernick has shown the public that he has little interest in teamwork unless it involves teammates who want to push his social agenda further.