NFL: Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment is his fault.

At the time of this post, Colin Kaepernick is still unemployed.

So, who’s fault is it that Kaepernick is unemployed in the first place?

Answer: Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick could still be playing for the 49ers for at least another year. Instead, he chose to leave the team.

As for why Kaepernick remains unemployed, ESPN quotes 49ers linebacker Eli Harold as saying, “I really think it has everything to do with the protest that he did. Some general managers and owners are scared to touch him simply because they’re scared to lose revenue, money.”

Earth to Eli Harold:

NFL teams exist for the purpose of making money for their owners. Those owners don’t want to take unnecessary risks, and it would be risky for any team to hire Kaepernick. For example, Sports Illustrated‘s MMQB quotes Giants co-owner John Mara as saying, “All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue [Kaepernick’ kneeling during the National Anthem]. If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more so than any other issue I’ve run into.”

NBC Sports quotes Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy as saying this about Kaepernick:

“Yes, it all stems back to not [standing] for the national anthem and the reaction that that’s going to get from fans. But if people perceived Colin Kaepernick as a difference maker, as a guy who could be their starting quarterback and help them win games, he would be signed now and people would deal with the repercussions. I think everybody sees him maybe as a backup. Is he a guy who can really help us? Am I just going to get three or four games a year? If that’s the case, it’s not worth the headache, it’s not worth the distraction, it’s not worth the number of fans we would turn off.”

So, is Kaepernick worth such a risk? From Pro Football Focus:

“Among all 33 quarterbacks to play at least 500 snaps, Kaepernick was our worst-graded quarterback in 2015. In 2016, he ranked seventh-worst of 30 qualifying. Prior to that, he hovered around the NFL average.”

Kaepernick could still be signed by a team in time for the 2017 season. If he isn’t, then life will still go on.

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  • Retired military

    Gee David. A column I can agree with. For a minute I thought you were going to blame Trump for it though.

    Now about the thread about proven crimes of the Obama admin spying on US citizens without probably cause…

    • Oops! I forgot. Since this is my next post, the headline was supposed to be “Trump touches balls of Saudi King”. Oh well, maybe next time. LOL

  • He could go on the road with Kathy Griffin. They have a lot in common.

    • sarahconnor2 #GiveThemHell45

      She probably passes better than he does.

      • Given her history with Anderson Cooper, she takes a knee better, too!

  • jim_m

    The irony is that the one team whose fan base would tolerate his anti-American antics is the team he quit – San Francisco. Now, having been at the bottom of the league two seasons in a row there are few teams that would take a chance on him even without his baggage.

    Perhaps he should try a league somewhere where his anti-Americanism might be more valued like the CFL. However, I would hazard to guess that he isn’t good enough to win there either.

    • yetanotherjohn

      Does ISIS have a team?

    • Brett Buck

      Make no mistake, there aren’t many people supporting Kaep’s protest in the Bay Area, either. What most people “know” is that there is a hyper-left enclave in San Francisco proper that is vocal and the press covers their every moronic utterance. Outside of that, much of the Bay Area (the actual people, not the governments) are generally reasonable people and not barking leftists. The actual stadium is about 5 miles from my house, and not many people around here support him – either his protests, or his extremely limited capabilities as an NFL quarterback.

      Between indulging this imbecile, the lies perpetrated to finance the stadium down here in Santa Clara, the lies perpetrated about the traffic/parking issues on game day, and the fact that the team itself (under Trent Baakle’s dimwitted efforts) has been dismally bad, even the die-hards have given up on the 9’ers for the time being. Every game sells out due to corporate block buying, but look at the stands, That’s the one saving grace of the entire situation, the traffic was bad for the first few games, but since attendance has fallen so drastically, it’s not too difficult on game day, even for weekday games (where I have to cross Tasman to get to/from work).

  • yetanotherjohn

    Shows you what you know. It can’t be his fault because he’s a lefty. Just the other day Trump made a lefty hold up a severed head and absolutely ruined her, it certainly wasn’t her fault. Just last year the Russians, DNC, FBI, news media and a whole bunch of others ruined Hillary’s shoe in to be president (she should have been 50 points ahead), but it certainly wasn’t her fault. It sure can’t be Chevez or Maduro’s fault that Venezuela is starving because they are leftys. The list of lefty’s whose lives were ruined but it wasn’t their fault is endless.

    BTW, do you have an opinion on the wetness of water?

    • Brett Buck

      BTW, don’t overestimate the basic decency of the left.

      I will make a prediction – in a few days or weeks, once the initial faux outrage fades, people will actually start to sympathize with her, and start to defend her. She didn’t do anything way out of line with a lot of others, maybe one small step from a Samantha Bee rant, but really of the same nature, just with more graphic visuals. In 6 months, most of the leftists who denounced this because they thought it might make them seem to be “balanced” (like Cooper and Chelsea) will slowly creep back. Griffins core audience, which is small and consists of sexual deviants and the mentally ill, are probably perfectly OK with this entire incident. That’s probably enough for her to scrape out her meager living. It’s not like she was a huge star, I guarantee you she will get a month’s vacation, but someone will still give her gigs.

      • jim_m

        Don’t have to wait. It’s already happening. Her presser where she accused Trump of persecuting her is designed to allow the left to flip the narrative to one where she is the victim. By Monday you will have leftists of all stripes comparing her to Joan of Arc and Mother Theresa.

        • yetanotherjohn

          Its only fair, because its not their fault, they are leftist so it can’t be their fault

        • Brett Buck

          One the most contemptible (and hallmark) characteristics of leftists is a complete lack of a moral center. They react the way they think people expect them to react. Cooper, for example, wasn’t shocked or in any way morally outraged, he just thought that the value-signalling required him to claim he was. This sort of sickening disingenuous phony bullshit is what makes the average liberal a worthless waste.

          • Brucehenry
          • Brett Buck

            So I take it you missed my point entirely, even though it was spelled out explicitly in a mere 4 sentences? Dear God almighty!

            Have you found anyone, in the 10 years since the Nugent incident, anyone who initially expressed outrage, but later came to the conclusion that Nugent was the victim?

            Putting aside the fact that you again proved incapable of following very straightforward English grammar, would you care to do a little research and estimate the incidence of liberal “assassination porn” against, say, Bush and Trump, vs the instance of conservative “assassination porn” against Clinton and Obama?

            Both cases are stupid and nutty, so the statistics should show where the nutcases predominate. The time frame should easily skew the results to your liking, as I am giving you 16 years to find conservative examples and only 8+ to find liberal examples. But you already know the answer, don’t you? Therefore, even when you missed the original point, your own point is also moronic.

          • Brucehenry

            Your “point” is the strawman that Cooper and Chelsea and other contemptible libs ya know the ones without moral centers will soon come around to defending Griffin even though they pretend outrage now. Hasn’t happened yet, but you say it will, so hey Gospel truth.

            Meanwhile Trump had Nugent in for a photo opp tour of the White House long after Nugent made those threats. No conservative commentator, to my knowledge (and admittedly I could have missed a few) ever made any but the lamest tsk-tsk noises about the threats in the first place.

            I linked to those two articles (and there are countless more like them) because Whataboutism isn’t considered a logical fallacy here. And I know you guys like to, while wallowing in same, refer to that UK-made movie, which none of you have ever seen, about a hypothetical assassination of GWB as “assassination porn” only that’s not what it was. (It was a dystopia about a Cheney presidency, and while it was over-the-top perhaps, wasn’t what you claim to think it was.) While, sure there have been those who found glee in wishing death on Bush and Trump, “lynching porn” was all the rage while Obama was prez and I never heard a word from you, or Hannity, or any of your other thought-leaders about it.

            https://www.google.com/search?q=obama+hung+in+effigy&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi805PF1qLUAhUl2oMKHfK5Af8QsAQIOw&biw=1366&bih=662

            If it’s moronic to notice that you leapt to a conclusion that something will definitely happen because you don’t like liberals, what is it called to make that leap?

          • Scalia

            …because Whataboutism isn’t considered a logical fallacy here.

            Normal people call it tu quoque (a type of ad hominem argument). If used as a refutation of an argument, it is fallacious, but pointing out hypocrisy is fine so long as it is understood that the actual argument isn’t touched.

          • Brucehenry

            Well, however “normal” the commenters at Wizbang may be, I don’t believe it’s understood that way here. Could be wrong of course.

          • Every time you flap your yap or lay hands on a keyboard…

          • jim_m

            Bruce does not believe hypocrisy is possible on his side. It’s not hypocrisy to him, it’s just a means to an end.

          • Brett Buck

            Which is why I used the word “predict” which means I fully recognize the fact that no one has backed off yet, you twit!

            At times, it’s fun to play with your ilk and draw you ever further into your delusional world, but in this case it’s not even entertaining.

          • Brucehenry

            Sure you didn’t step on your own dick at all when you pretended your prediction was deserving of me doing research to find conservatives doing what you predict liberals are probably gonna do.

          • Brett Buck

            I don’t give a flying rat’s ass what you do. And I point out that the part of the thread to which you are referring to *has nothing whatsoever to do with my point* and was *made up by you* because you couldn’t (and apparently still don’t) grasp the point. My prediction had nothing to do with your tangential response. Either you are too dull to get the point, or you know you can’t come up with a sensible response so you are going to try to bluster your way through. Either way, you are a complete waste of everyone’s time.

          • Brucehenry

            Reread it, dumbass. I replied to one comment you made and you, apparently, either thought or pretended that it was a reply to your first one. So I played along.

            “Don’t grasp the point” my ass.

          • Brett Buck

            I’m sorry you got so confused and now can’t extract yourself. I will take your limitations into account in the future.

          • Brucehenry

            Yeah sure I’m confused not you OK.

          • Ass is the only thing you demonstrate having an abundance of hereabouts.

          • jim_m

            I love how all you livs an come up with is Ted Nugent, yet there are countless lefties that have wished death on conservatives. Fuck You. You should be ashamed by the fact that it is so obvious that your side lusts after the deaths of your ideological opposition but all you can do is make excuses for it.

          • Brucehenry

            I just linked to a page with countless images of countless teabillies wishing death on Obama.

          • jim_m

            No you linked people hanging effigies. You are a fucking moron.

          • Brucehenry

            Yes making those effigies, lynching and burning them meant the makers had warm feelings about Obama but simply opposed his policies.

          • jim_m

            And btw, effigies are not threats of violence. They are symbolic demonstrations with centuries of history. If you knew any history you would know that but as a leftist you are too busy trying to erase all of history.

          • Brucehenry

            But you are upset about Griffin’s effigy. Or your wingnut buddies are.

          • jim_m

            Um, no. An effigy is something quite different. Griffin did a mock beheading with the intent to encourage people to do the same.

            She also has previously said that she would target Baron Trump and we see that she is doing so now.

          • Scalia

            The Rolling Stone headline says that Nugent threatened to kill President Obama, but their quotation says no such thing. Nugent told the president to suck on his machine gun. How is that a threat to kill the president?

          • Brucehenry

            Sure it was just harmless banter not a threat at all.

          • Scalia

            That it was very crude, I do not deny. I do not see a threat to kill.

        • Vagabond661

          She played the same victim on Seinfeld. She is good at it.

  • Jwb10001

    If he was 1/2 as good as I suspect he thinks he is, all that protesting stuff wouldn’t matter, he’s simply not that good. If you’re among the best at your craft a lot will get over looked, if like Kaepernick, you’re basically middle of the pack easily replaced, it might be best to keep a lower profile. So it’s basically his problem more focus on football less on politics might have helped.

  • pennywit

    I think it mirrors the Tebow situation to an extent. If you’re not an elite quarterback, then no team wants to deal with your drama.

    • Vagabond661

      Except Tim Tebow didn’t cause the drama.

      • pennywit

        As I recall, Tebow’s fans brought a lot of drama with them. Not entirely his fault, but still, it’s a parallel situation. If Tebow or Kaepernick had been Tom Brady, Jr., then both would be playing right now.

        • Vagabond661

          His fans weren’t the source of drama. The Looney Left was was throwing a hissy fit over his kneeling.

          Like Rodney said below, nothing wrong with him or his fans. Triple A is loving it. Tickets went nuts when he came to Augusta Ga to play the Greenjackets.

    • Were you aware that he is playing AAA Ball and drawing significant crowds for the Mets away games? Might be less of a mirror than you think.

  • jim_m

    Note that Bruce applauds and defends Kathy Griffin on this blog.

    One more reason he should be permanently banned.

    • Brucehenry

      Point out one word of applause or defense.

      • jim_m

        You are continuously excusing her actions based on your repeated citing of Ted Nugent saying that what she did is OK and by your claims that conservatives hung obama in effigy.

        You neglect to admit that people hung Bush in effigy, and Reagan. The left made an assassination pron movie on the assassination of Bush 43 that you applauded and defended too.

        Again, you should be banned from here.

        • Brucehenry

          Wizbang’s owners can do what they wish. You lie.

          I pointed out that the same wingnuts — and you — who are reaching for the smelling salts about Griffin were silent about Nugent. That’s all.

          I have pointed out many times over the years that that movie you liars have pretended to be upset about all these years was not what you claim it was.

          • jim_m

            I will just point out that you have proven my point that the left will be defending Griffin by Monday. You arrived two days early.

            Thanks for playing, you dumbass.

          • Brucehenry

            And again you can’t point to one word of defense written by me.

            I briefly, for a few months in the 1980s, thought shock-comics like Andrew Dice Clay, Sam Kinison, Howard Stern yada yada were funny. Then I remembered that even then I was in my twenties and thirties, not 15, and came to my senses.

          • jim_m

            Oh I see, You are not meaning to defend her. You are just scouring the internet to find examples of right wing people that have done something you feel is similar and you are doing it spontaneously and it is only coincidental that Kathy Griffin made an ass of herself this past week.

            Nope. You aren’t defending her at all. All your posts here have absolutely nothing to do with claiming that people on the right do what she did and therefore there is no reason to be upset with what she did.

            You are pathetic.

          • Brucehenry

            Didn’t have to scour the internet to find Nugent, recent guest of the Trump White House.

            Griffin shouldn’t have done what she did. Nugent shouldn’t have done what he did. (I mean threatening Obama and Hillary, not shitting his pants to dodge the draft or molesting 14 year olds).

            But if you’re not gonna say anything when Nugent goes outrageous don’t be upset that it is pointed out when you fall on your fainting couch clutching your pearls when Griffin does something outrageous too.

          • jim_m

            Wait, so if I understand this correctly you are now defending molestation of children because you exempt that from the things you say Nugent shouldn’t have done.

          • Brucehenry

            “If I understand this correctly” being the key phrase here. What a dumbass.

          • jim_m

            Tell you what, dumbass. We can even up the odds for you. You stop drinking before you post and I will have a couple of shots before I start. Otherwise you simply need to learn proper syntax.

          • Brucehenry

            OK sure syntax made you misinterpret it. Not dishonesty! Being a lying sack of shit who has at least twice in our history together violated Wizbang’s terms of service and is skimming dangerously close to doing so again had nothing to do with it.

            People who repeatedly violate the TOS shouldn’t be calling for others to be banned.

          • jim_m

            You you specifically exempted molestation of children from what you were criticizing Nugent for. I can see that you probably didn’t mean to be claiming that it was OK, but you did say that you weren’t going to criticize him for that.

            I am simply pointing out what you wrote.

            You are lying that you have not been defending Griffin. Every post on this thread has been meant to obfuscate the issue and to claim equivalence with others with the purpose to minimize her offense. Otherwise, why bother?

          • Brucehenry

            The whole “reading comprehension” internet schtick is a cliche, but Jesus.

            I have pointed out that wingnuts are OUTRAGED that Griffin did an offensive thing but were silent when Nugent did an offensive thing. That’s all. They are OUTRAGED about the beheading effigy but were silent about the lynching effigies. That’s all.

            I don’t want to minimize anyone’s offense, Griffin’s, Nugent’s, or that of the legions of Teabillies in my links. Just pointing out selective outrage.

          • jim_m

            Most of the obama effigies are inoffensive as far as effigies go. Left wing ‘every disagreement with obama is racist and an attempt to return the nation to the age of slavery” got really old real fast.

            If people ignored your outrage about those effigies it was simply because you were constantly outraged about everything. When I was being called racist for holding the same positions that I held when I opposed Bill Clinton, it was obvious that the outrage was entirely fake. Just like it is from you now.

          • Brucehenry

            Sure Jim effigies of a black man (who happens to be President) being lynched are “inoffensive as far as effigies go.” Sure they are!

            But hey, not a racist! Why would anyone suspect a guy who thinks (and says, OUT LOUD!) effigies of a black man being lynched are inoffensive of racism?

          • jim_m

            Nearly all effigies are hanged. Claiming that in obama’s case these are “lynchings” only serves to demonstrate your endless ignorance.

          • Brucehenry

            Oh did I misunderstand you? Must have been your syntax.

            Bookmarking this thread. Not likely to let you forget this remark. What a dipshit.

          • jim_m

            One would think that a man who lives in NC and whose ancestors almost certainly conducted lynchings themselves, that you would be better informed as to what they are. Frankly, with your professed age, I would be surprised if you didn’t participate.

          • Brucehenry

            Actually I have a short “autobiography” of my paternal great-grandfather, born in Ireland in 1867, in which he relates an anecdote aboard a Merchant Marine ship when he and some of his white shipmates beat the crap out of one of their fellow sailors, a black man they considered too “big for his britches.”

            There was also, in my maternal grandmothers big fat photo album, a black and white snapshot of an actual lynched black man. Right there amidst photos of Aunt Ada and Uncle Eb.

            So I know what a lynching looks like and how participants in it justified themselves. I also think I have a pretty good idea what kind of ghouls who enjoy effigies of it actually are.

          • jim_m

            Seems you knew them personally. My family were Central European immigrants in the 1890’s and settled in Chicago. The other side were abolitionist preachers in Ohio and Northern Kentucky, so I cannot claim the in depth and personal knowledge you have.

          • Brucehenry

            I’ll never forget first flipping that photo album page over and discovering that picture. Scared the pure shit out of me. I couldn’t have been more than eleven. My grandmother said the victim had “raped a white woman.” Bet he hadn’t.

          • jim_m

            Now imagine that it was your dad in those pictures an you get what Baron went through. That is what you are trying to create equivalency for.

          • Brucehenry

            Sasha was the same age in 2009 while you were ignoring the lynching effigies.

          • jim_m

            Not the same

          • Brucehenry

            No? Why not?

          • jim_m

            The effigies I have seen are obviously not real. The severed head that Griffin used was intended to be as realistic as they could make it. She also deliberately portrayed it in the same manner as ISIS beheadings. There was nothing political about what she did. The context of the anti-obama demonstrations was enough to show that it wasn’t real. Griffin wanted to make hers as realistic as she could.

          • Brucehenry

            Yes probably both 11 year old children could see how obvious that all was. And the Obama stuff was “inoffensive as effigies go” so why should a child be upset?

          • jim_m

            For instance, it is almost certain that obama’s kids saw these protests on the news. We know that Baron did and we know what his reaction was. No such reaction was reported from obama. As part of the victim cult of the left he would have jumped on it an we would have heard it.

          • Brucehenry

            We know what Trump said his reaction was. Speaking of “victim cults” led by the man who told the Coast Guard Academy graduates how mistreated he had been in his commencement speech.

          • jim_m

            Here is what you are defending:

            “So I’m happy to deliver beat down to Donald Trump — and also to Barron. You know a lot of comics are going to go hard for Donald, my edge is that I’ll go direct for Barron. I’m going to get in ahead of the game.” – Kathy Griffin

          • Brucehenry

            Never defended Griffin

          • jim_m

            You think that, if it gives you comfort.

          • Brucehenry

            And you think the opposite, if it fits your delusion.

          • Sky__Captain

            Bruce, why exactly did you post this way upthread? It did start the conversation which had nothing to do with Colin Kapernick.

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            Sure yeah those terrible libs and their misplaced moral center

            http://thehill.com/blogs/pu

            http://www.rollingstone.com
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            You are quite incorrect, “Whataboutism” IS considered a logical fallacy here.
            The only reason I see to post this tripe is to defend Kathy Griffin’s actions.
            If it isn’t, then please explain. In English.

          • Brucehenry

            For the umpteenth time No defense of Griffin is made. I posted it to point out the selective outrage and double standards on display here and elsewhere. But particularly in response to Brett’s comment.

            It’s plain as day to anyone who can read.

          • Sky__Captain

            Actually, no. It’s a piss-poor attempt at deflection.

            Do you think that Kathy Griffin’s photoshoot was objectionable in any way?
            Does it compare to some of the internet pictures of George W Bush or Barack 0bama?
            How does in compare with the movie that depicted the assassination of GWB?

            Yes, I’m putting you on the spot – do you defend or condemn Kathy Griffin’s photoshoot?

          • jim_m

            But…but…but…

            Ted Nugent!!!

            My ancestors lynched people and what they did looks kinda sorta like political protests, so all demonstrations against obama must have been attempted lynchings!!!

            Conservatives are all EEEEEEEvil!

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            So I wonder if Tulsi Gabbard (or whoever) will have Kathy Griffin as a guest at the White House in 2021?

          • jim_m

            Gabbard won’t be there. But I get your point, and since the left celebrates hate and terrorists and people who advocate and actually murder others in the name of left wing ideology, I would expect her to be invited.

            This is why I say that she will be fully rehabilitated by the left and that this is already underway. Why even today Alec Baldwin stepped up to her defense.

            You will be calling her a martyr by Friday.

          • Why don’t you hold your breath waiting for the answer to your question?

          • Yeah, that racist apple didn’t fall far from it’s racist tree, did it?

          • Brucehenry

            A day late and a dollar short, the idiot who calls himself “Sky Captain” imagines he will swoop in and “win the debate.”

            I’ve already said at least once that Griffin shouldn’t have done what she did. I’ve also addressed, several fucking times, that movie you dumb bastards are still pretending was “assassination porn.” And I’ve posted links illustrating what I think is a pretty damn interesting compare and contrast with the internet images of Obama being hung in effigy, etc. (You know, the ones your not-racist friend Jim say are “pretty inoffensive.”)

            Read the thread before you wade in and you won’t look so fucking stupid.

          • jim_m

            The lynchings your family committed are not the same as political protests. Plain and simple.

          • Brucehenry

            Another imaginary gotcha from the guy who is the stupidest — and thinks he’s the smartest — wingnut here. Even more stupid than this apparently illiterate Sky Captain character.

          • jim_m

            Not a gotcha. Just trying to explain things for you.

          • Sky__Captain

            You really are a piece of work. And that is not a compliment. I still wonder why you have not been banned. I guess your sole purpose is to serve as a bad example.

            Now, one last time – do you defend or condemn Kathy Griffin’s photo shoot?

          • Sky__Captain

            Ah , yes profanity and name-calling – your sole debating ability.
            Please note I have refrained from such.

            I still wonder why you have not been banned. I guess your sole purpose is to serve as a bad example.

            I am not aware of any effigies of your 0bamaMessiah being beheaded. I must have missed that one.
            Saying that Kathy Griffin should not have done the photo shoot is not the same as condemning it, however.

          • Sky__Captain

            “A day late and a dollar short,…”
            I was not aware there is a time limit to post. Is that in Wizbang’s Terms of Service, or did you just make that up?

            I know it states you’re not supposed to be vulgar or hateful, but you ignore that on a regular basis. I suppose it is acceptable, since it is your primary debating tactic.

          • No wonder you yelp when racists get scratched…

  • Wild_Willie

    Just like the gay football player. He can be excellent but coaches DO NOT EVER want to have press conferences dealing with anything besides football. And that is what happened on both accounts. ww

    • Jwb10001

      You know I sort of disagree, if Kaepernick or the out and proud guy were really good they would deal with it. I contend they were both mediocre and not worth the effort.

  • sarahconnor2 #GiveThemHell45

    NFL teams usually like quarterbacks that have a chance of hitting their receivers with some degree of consistency. Kaepernick’s only hope of staying in the NFL, given that unfortunate little fact, was to force them to keep him to avoid being called racists.