One poor decision can follow you for the rest of your life. When we are upset about something, we naturally want to lash out and tell the world how we feel, sharing our angst and displeasure. But that’s not always the best decision, especially if you are a well-known athlete.
When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem during a game, he opened himself up to a whole lot of controversy. While he was on a mission to prove that he didn’t support a country that does wrong to African Americans and minorities in the United States, he made a lot of people angry.
Indianapolis columnist Bob Kravitz recently expressed his opinion on how the Colts should sign Kaepernick. He believes that the current quarterback, Andrew Luck has been missing too much practice time.
When a poll was taken on Facebook, 70.6 percent of 20,000 respondents said that they didn’t want him as the team’s quarterback and 29.4 percent agreed with Kravitz and thought he should be signed to the team. In another Facebook poll done by Rich Nye of WTHR, came out with 57% saying no and 43% saying yes.
The majority of those who voted no for Kaepernick’s signing said that they would refuse to go to Colts games if he was the new quarterback for the team.
Kravitz got the message loud and clear and he accepted the fact that the majority of voters didn’t agree with him.
But if there are no teams willing to take a chance on Kaepernick, then he may lose his football career altogether. Even the Miami Dolphins refused to sign Kaepernick and instead, brought 34-year-old Jay Cutler out of retirement. The Baltimore Ravens have shown that they were interested but the owner of the team is wavering on the decision.
The problem is that the team owners don’t want to risk losing fans. Because people feel so strongly about American pride, they don’t want to root for a person who displayed hate toward the country during the national anthem.
So, this just goes to show you that you may want to rethink something before you make the decision to disrespect something that several people place a lot of value in. Because Kaepernick decided to express himself in a way that was disrespectful to others and the country, he is paying the price for it. There is probably some worry that he will do other things like this if he gets on a team. He took the ultimate risk and sacrificed his career once, so who is to say that he won’t do it again. Team owners and fans don’t want to risk losing a lot of money and respect. Had this been just your average Joe, the precautions probably wouldn’t have been so dramatic, but this guy is a well-known athlete so he has a lot more at risk and is in the spotlight far more than an average person.
The majority of commenters weren’t on Kravitz’s side…
“Oh, Kappy shot himself in the foot didn’t he? Maybe that’s why he took a knee. Too bad, for ever action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction.”
“Yep, America is taking a knee on you Kap. Good!”