Oh, this is just too good.
As you’ve no doubt heard, former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick, who started all the National Football League’s current public relations woes by being the first player to kneel during the National Anthem, has been very, very upset that no team will sign him to get back into the game. And we very much doubt our next story will help his mood any.
Sports Illustrated reports that the Houston Texans has just signed former Bengals quarterback Josh Johnson to their team. And they must have really not wanted to go with Kaepernick, considering that Johnson, er, hasn’t thrown a single pass since 2011:
Johnson, 31, has thrown five touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his career. Kaepernick, for comparison, is more than a year younger than Johnson and has thrown for 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
There is speculation that the reason Kaepernick remains unsigned is due to his social activism. Kaepernick became a subject of controversy last season when he began not standing during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in America.
The former 49ers quarterback has filed a grievance under the collective bargaining agreement that accuses owners of colluding to not sign him. A number of league personnel have been deposed in relation to the grievance, including Texans owner Bob McNair.
Gee, who would have imagined that Kaepernick might have made himself so radioactive that teams would settle for poorer game performance just to spare themselves the bad press of his association?
Answer: absolutely anyone who’s been paying attention over the past couple of years. As TFPP has previously reported Colin Kapernick is the guy who justified his original stunt on the grounds that America is a racist hellholle in which black people are supposedly oppressed and executed on an institutional level, who doubled down by comparing modern-day police officers to slave catchers and wearing socks depicting cops as pigs on the field.
Colin Kaepernick is also the guy who, despite the farcical pretense that he’s standing up to racism and murder, is so big a fan of actual racists and murderers that he wears t-shirts bearing the image of bloodthirsty tyrant Fidel Castro and in April donated an astounding $25,000 to the Chicago-based “charitable group” Assata’s Daughters — which is named after former Black Liberation Army member and convicted cop killer Assata Shakur, a fugitive from justice currently believed to be enjoying political asylum in Castro’s Cuba. Hmm, I’m sensing a pattern here…
The NFL is taking enough of a beating as it is right now over players who’ve followed Kaepernick’s example of snubbing the Star-Spangled Banner for the purpose of slandering America’s police. Ratings are down, longtime fans are vowing never to tune in again, and lucrative advertisers are being pressured to abandon ship.
Through it all, it has been astonishing to watch coaches, team owners, and the NFL commissioner refuse to do the obvious thing to resolve the matter by cracking down on field activism and simply mandating that players stand respectfully for the National Anthem. However, it seems even the NFL isn’t dense enough to bring back the publicly-reviled instigator and poster boy for their woes.