“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue. If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game.”
New York Giants owner John Mara told yahoo sports he received many passionate letters with this message from fans regarding former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
The first sentence in this quote is what got my attention…
If it is true that Mara hasn’t received more heartfelt notes from Giants Nation, what does that say about their feelings towards the organization following their decision to give former kicker, Josh Brown, a new contract and kept him on the team after he was arrested for domestic violence? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Shouldn’t people be more upset about a man putting his hands on a woman than a man choosing to protest during football games?
Furthermore, this proves that we the people of the United States have the power to do anything we want in this country. Mara’s comments imply that the Giants front office would consider signing Kaepernick if it weren’t for the fear of losing fans…I mean money. That’s what this all comes down to just like anything else in this country.
People and companies/organizations have proven time and time again that they can be bought and that money drives their decisions rather than morals. Think back to the Donald Sterling case a few years ago. According to multiple sources, throughout his life and business career, Sterling constantly made racist comments and alleged racially motivated decisions. The NBA didn’t react until there was public outrage after he was caught on tape expressing his ill feelings towards Magic Johnson and black people.
As far as Kaepernick goes, he made the decision to protest and hopefully considered the potential backlash from the NFL and from American citizens. Some people agreed with him and others didn’t. We all know there is a price tag on every decision we make and sometimes, the price we have to pay is unfair, but convenient.
I’ve watched both Ryan Nassib, the Giants backup quarterback and Kaepernick compete in games; Kaepernick gets the edge in my book. However, I don’t make the personnel decisions for the Giants.
There may be several factors contributing to Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment but the greatest one is the fear NFL owners have about the money they will lose if they sign him.
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