I am a true Seattle Seahawks fan. I bleed the blue and green. So when The San Francisco 49ers (as we call ’em FortyWhiners) are merely mentioned, I get my best 12th Man smart remarks ready for sparring with fans from the opposite side of the fence.
It’s all fun and games during football season. My friend Jen says that she loves when I go into “Football Lisa” mode. She is a Montana girl and a Broncos diehard and her husband is a Patriots fan so we have had our share of hurling insults at one another on Facebook and defending our team of preference over the past few years. We laugh it all off and come together in the end. Case in point, after Cam Newton’s cocky display and disrespect for the 12th Man flag, I cheered on the Broncos hard last Super Bowl.
Never have I cheered on the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick’s response to the National Anthem cements the fact that I probably never will so long as he is on that team. This man’s response is no less than epic:
Kaepernick’s reasoning for sitting out our National Anthem?
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”-Colin Kaepernick
Years of “oppression” that he’s never experienced firsthand. Kaepernick is bi-racial. His biological father is black and biological mother is white and she was left by his biological father when he learned that she was pregnant. He was subsequently adopted by Wisconsin cheesemakers, Rick and Theresa Kaepernick. The “struggles” he’s faced as a child? This was his “struggle”, according to US Magazine:
“I knew I was different to my parents and my older brother and sister,” the San Francisco 49ers quarterback shared. “I never felt that I was supposed to be white. Or black, either. My parents just wanted to let me be who I needed to be.”-Colin Kaepernick
Real oppression. The opportunity and freedom to be who he needs to be including living a life most young black men in the inner cities dream of with a paycheck…well…most of us can only dream of!
While Kaepernick’s response may have been shocking to some, it seems as though he has been drinking the water in liberal San Francisco and using his celebrity to push his agenda for quite some time:
I could go on but suffice to say lots of retweets come from BLM activist, Shaun King.
My dad, being a businessman, constantly talked to me about carrying myself in a certain way and treating people with respect, and I think that’s something that’s carried over throughout my life. It’s how I deal with certain situations.”-Colin Kaepernick
“Carrying yourself in a certain way” and “respect”? Really, Kaepernick? “Football Lisa” is coming out!
Kids look up to you, dude. I sincerely hope you like sitting down because I am sure that there are a great number of young men just like you who are hungry and would give anything for a chance to be in your shoes and would even stand to respect our country and it’s National Anthem! Kaepernick, you’ve given #FortyWhiners a whole new meaning! As for the man who torched your San Francisco jersey? Couldn’t have expressed the sentiment better myself. And you know what? You’re right. It is “bigger than football”. It is about people of all colors and ethnic backgrounds and their love of something even bigger than themselves and their own self-interests. Soooo looking forward to September 25th at “The Clink”. I hope you sit the whole time you’re there, you ungrateful, poor excuse for an athlete. BOOM!