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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has been out of the NFL for a number of years following a lot of controversies.
His name came up recently as a possible QB for the Dallas Cowboys. Their starting quarterback, Dak Prescott fractured his right thumb in the team’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in September.
Kaepernick claims that he keeps himself ready to play “in case a team calls.”
Stephen A. Smith of ESPN’s “First Take” floated the idea that the Cowboys pick up Kaepernick for the quarterback position.
He said, “You know what, this is a different subject for another day maybe. It will never happen, in my opinion … might want to make that call to Colin Kaepernick.”
“Might want to find out. He ain’t been around but he’s a playmaker with his legs who’s available, you gotta take that into consideration.”
Former Cowboys legend and superstar wide receiver, Michael Irvin, had a different take.
“Let’s stop with this Colin Kaepernick stuff. Let’s just stop. Colin Kaepernick’s been out of football for what five years now,” Irvin said.
“Come on, man. Let’s stop all of a sudden thinking we can go resurrect Colin Kaepernick and he’s going to come and resurrect a football team. I’ll take my chances with Cooper Rush. I will take my chances with Cooper Rush.
“I saw Cooper Rush win a football game last year. That’s all I’m saying.”
Irvin is referring to the current backup quarterback for the Cowboys, Cooper Rush moving into the starting position. Will Grier will likely be his backup.
Colin Kaepernick released a drama series on Netflix called, “Colin in Black & White” earlier this year. In the series, he compares the NFL’s draft process and training camp to the slave auction.
“What they don’t want you to understand is what’s being established is a power dynamic,” says Kaepernick.
“Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod, and examine you searching for any defect that might affect your performance. No boundary respect. No dignity left intact.”
In the Netflix special, a line of NFL prospective players morphs into slaves at an auction. The players-turned-slaves are black and in shackles while white slave owners bid on them and whip them.
“Look at this here! Come on! Who wants this?” the auctioneer shouts.
With a comparison like that, is it perplexing that the NFL doesn’t like the idea of taking Kaepernick back?
A lot of critics spoke out about his Netflix special.
“How dare @Kaepernick7 compare the evil endured by so many of our ancestors to a bunch of millionaires who CHOSE to play game,” Utah GOP Rep. Burgess Owens, a former NFL player, wrote on Twitter.
Radio host Clay Travis said, “Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL combine, which allows all players of all races a voluntary chance to become multi-millionaires, to slavery.
“Anyone still defending this imbecile lacks a functional brain.”