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OPINION

How Is Colin Kaepernick Still A Thing?

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It’s a mystery for the ages – how a never-was ended up becoming one of the most famous people in the country. This never-was once played professional football and had a couple of decent seasons, even making it to the Super Bowl once. He lost. Then he lost whatever limited ability he once had, fading into the oblivion back-bench players live in on their way out the door.

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But this was Colin Kaepernick, someone you’ve undoubtedly heard of by now, a guy reduced to finding new and creative ways to keep his name, his brand, alive so that gravy train keeps rolling. 

Have you ever heard of Chris Davis? Unless you’re a baseball fan, probably not. But Davis was a good ballplayer for a few years, mostly a power hitter, then the wheels came off. 

Davis his 53 homeruns in 2013, another 47 in 2015. In addition to knocking the ball out of the park those many times, Davis also batted .286 and .262, respectively. Then everything went wrong. 

In 2018, Davis set a record for the worst batting average ever among “qualified” players, which is to say enough at bats to qualify for a batting title (usually 400). He had more strikeouts (192) than batting average points (.168).

But Davis got paid…a lot. He’s signed a multi-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles after his 47-homerun season worth $161 million, all of which was guaranteed. He was set. 

Since he cost so much, and they had to pay it (no one else would take him because of the cost), the Orioles continued to play him, because why not? He retired in August of 2021. 

Davis wasn’t in a position to pull a Kaepernick because he was paid, still played, is white, and isn’t a whiny baby unwilling to admit the biggest obstacle he’s faced in his life is his own douchebaggery. Also, Davis accepted his fate, he didn’t seek out others to blame for his faults. 

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Colin Kaepernick has done just that, and not much else, since he started riding the pine when he started to suck a couple seasons after losing the Super Bowl. He started the kneeling during the National Anthem because it got him attention. That attention, because it was in the name of a fashionable left-wing narrative – that the United States is irredeemably racist – led to Colin making a lot money as the unofficial mascot of Nike. 

Millions of dollars for complaining, without concern for the accuracy of the complaints. Hell, the 1619 project won a Pulitzer and it’s about as accurate a piece of history as Mel Brooks’ “History of the World, Part 1,” so why would anyone expect a nasally, vacant jock to know what he’s talking about? His corporate masters didn’t demand accuracy, they wanted “street cred.” And somehow, this half white dude whose black father abandoned him before he was born, who was adopted by white parents and raised in a loving home, gave multi-billion dollar corporations that street credibility with young black kids Kaepernick likely wouldn’t associate with if there weren’t cameras around. 

Anything for tens of millions of dollars, I guess. 

Since Colin is an America-hating darling of the left, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came calling. The only way to get more attention from Hollywood than hating the country is to be a young, impressionable girl (or boy) desperate to get a break in the movie business. The sickos on the left coast were a perfect match for Colin, and a deal with inked with Netflix to bring the public what no one was asking for – a TV series based on the life of this guy who started for an NFL team for a couple of seasons. Pathetic. 

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Liberals “fail up.” 

Clips made the rounds this weekend of Kaepernick in his show comparing playing in the NFL to slavery, which is ironic, again, considering the company he’s the mascot of, Nike, uses slave labor in China. Curiously, he’s spent the last half a decade desperately trying to get back to the NFL, which seems a bit odd considering. 

Or course, you’d have to take Colin Kaepernick seriously to even be curious about this disconnect, and most people don’t. Nike can’t really dump him, they created him. Sure, it costs them millions every year to keep him in the public eye, but they are saving a fortune on labor overseas, so they have the money. And that money, along with that company, are the only reasons this failed practice squad quarterback is still a thing. 

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