Black sheep. Colin Kaepernick’s inability to find a new job in the NFL demonstrates the league’s deep-held attitudes towards black players and politics, suggests Ken Belson of the New York Times. The NFL’s mainly conservative white ownership and viewership have made it clear that they don’t want their players to talk about racism or police violence. One poll suggests that people followed less football because of the silent protests going on. This strongly contrasts with the NBA, where players and coaches have been able to express their political beliefs. Kaepernick is being ostracized because of the NFL’s antiquated values.
Rigid pouting. Colin Kaepernick has not facilitated a new team hiring him, infers Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. He and his agent have done little to improve public opinion of the controversial quarterback. They should have clarified what stance he plans to take in the next season so that teams can better understand what sort of a PR situation they will have on their hands. His plan of action seems to have been to wait for teams to contact him, when, really, his agent should be calling every NFL team available. His latest tweet, likening the police to the slave patrol, will only exacerbate his situation among the lack of public statements.