Stephen A. Smith Ends What's Left of Colin Kaepernick's Career [VIDEO]
Some call Colin Kaepernick a freedom fighter. Literally, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Stokley Carmichael all rolled into one. A super serious man for a super serious time speaking out super seriously (see GQ Picks Colin Kaepernick for 2017 Citizen of the Year and Nike Recalls American-Themed Sneakers After Colin Kaepernick Complains). Others view him as an overrated quarterback and media whore. After last weekend's PR stunt, there's more evidence for the latter category. The whorish one.
The NFL set up a workout for Kap, who, remember, "just wants to play." The work out never occured. Here's a brutal recap of what happened courtesy of ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith.
He doesn't want to play. https://t.co/ZuSI1IVW9r— Stephen A Smith (@Stephen A Smith)1573951668.0
He don't wanna play. He wants to be a martyr. But guess what, it ain't workin' this time.
You don't wanna work. You just wanna make noise. And you want to control the narrative. It's over. Colin Kaepernick's aspirations in the NFL, for an NFL career... it's over.
Here is the NFL's response to the Slackin' Kap.
The #NFL (@NFL) ‘s response to @Kaepernick7’s sudden change of location for his NFL workout.. thoughts? https://t.co/AqY9m2VaI1— gsm (@gsm)1573941426.0
Here's the moral of this story. *Maybe* Kaepernick had a point when he first decided not to stand for the National Anthem. *Maybe* things got unnecessarily stupid when the president got involved and a new front in the culture war opened. Maybe the issues Kaepernick claims to be fighting for are issues that are deeply important to you. That's fair. But as a messenger, Kap is a clown. All the cynics who said this had nothing to do with social justice and everything to do with publicity and his own ego were proven right. I mean, the dude was wearing a shirt that said Kunta Kinte on it. Kunta Kinte is a fictional slave character in Roots. So you know.
Look, we've all been there. Those of us who get involved in political issues, at one time or another, have been let down by our more vocal messengers. Whether they were frauds in the first place or just got addicted to all the sudden attention. It sucks. It hurts. But eventually, you need to admit it to at least yourself.
It's time for Kaepernick's supporters to do the same. The dude is a messenger, sure. But a messenger of the highest douche proportions. A word we do not use as lightly as some may think.