NFL Opening Weekend Sees More Kaepernick-Style Protests

Colin Kaepernick’s disjointed anti-Americanism appears to be contagious.

The wealthy – but mediocre – former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who decided to sit out the National Anthem at a pre-season game has sparked similar demonstrations and protests nationwide, from the pros to high schools and colleges. Even cheerleaders got in on the action.

Kaepernick, you’ll recall, refused to stand during a playing of the Star-Spangled Banner one year ago during a pregame to protest how America “oppresses” minorities like him.

His protest didn’t stop there, he staged several idiotic demonstrations, including wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs.

Sounds like something to emulate, right?

So this weekend and the NFL home opener, that’s exactly what some players did. Seattle’s Michael Bennett and Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch were two of the most notable players to sit during the Anthem.

Bennett’s brother Martellus – who plays for the Green Bay Packers – chose to stand and give the “Black Power” Salute during the Star-Spangled Banner.

During the home opener between Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Eagles’ Safety Malcolm Jenkins and Rams Linebacker Robert Quinn also gave the black power salute.

In a poll last year, nearly one third of adults said they’re less likely to watch NFL games because of Kaepernick’s protest against “racial injustice.”

In the Rasmussen poll, only 13 percent of Americans said they were more likely to watch an NFL game because of the continuing protests initiated by Kaepernick.

The NFL – the owners, managers and coaches – probably have no real interest in whether or not a player wants to protest the national anthem. What they are interested in is not distracting the other players – or the media or the fans – from the actual game or the other players.

When one or two players are showboating and trying to make a political demonstration out of their job, it is within that employer’s rights to terminate them. No matter what people think, your freedom of speech doesn’t extend to the workplace if it causes a distraction or a disruption – and that’s exactly what these protests are doing.

It almost died down. My colleague Seth Connell wrote last week that Colin Kaepernick almost had an NFL contract with the Baltimore Ravens, but because of his girlfriend’s ridiculous social media posting directed at former Ravens star Ray Lewis, he lost the chance to pursue it.

The Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti reportedly stated that he wanted to hear Kaepernick himself say that he wanted to play football. But because of a ridiculous social media posting, that meeting never happened, ESPN is reporting.

Ray Lewis told Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” on Tuesday night that “We were going to close the deal to sign him. Steve Bisciotti said, ‘I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football.’

“And it never happens because that picture comes up the next day.”

What was it she posted? ESPN didn’t show it in their report, but The Daily Wire was more than happy to show what she sent Ray Lewis.

Take a look:

“Diab compared the football legend to Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Django Unchained hugging owner Steve Bisciotti, compared to Leonardo Dicaprio’s character in the film.”