Colin Kaepernick Rumors
Said Curry of Kaepernick: “He definitely should be in the NFL. If you’ve been around the NFL, the top 64 quarterbacks, and he’s not one of them? Then I don’t know what game I’m watching. Obviously his stance and his peaceful protest when he was playing here kind of shook up the world,” Curry said, “and I think for the better. But hopefully he gets back in the league – because he deserves to be here and he deserves an opportunity to play. He’s in his prime and can make a team better.”
In hushed tones this spring, as the free agency period crept along, NFL team personnel executives anonymously said that Colin Kaepernick’s continued unemployment boiled down to talent and skill and work ethic. Training camps have opened, and to many it’s becoming harder to deny that something else might be at play.
“I don’t know what his status is in the NFL, but I’m glad the NBA doesn’t have a politician litmus test for our players,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. “I’d like to think we encourage our players to exercise their constitutional rights.”
“Everything starts from the top,” said ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, a former NBA coach. “Commissioner [Adam] Silver embraces all kinds of different ways of thinking. I think he encourages activism. And because of that, I believe, some of our players in the NBA feel very empowered to speak their mind. That’s healthy that we embrace different thoughts. You can agree with Kaepernick, you can disagree with Kaepernick, but what I don’t think you should believe is that he doesn’t have the right or he should be muzzled in any way.”
Van Gundy said Silver has set a tone in which he feels “there are bigger things than basketball and the business of basketball. And so players have shown that you can [be] both basketball businessmen and still retain your voice on issues that directly impact their communities,” he said. “I think that’s a great sign. It wasn’t too long ago where some thought that if they spoke out on issues, it might impact their brand.”
“He’s done it,” Anthony said of Kaepernick. “He was courageous enough to do that. He created that. He created the kneeling and that protest. And people fell in line with that. Some people supported it. Some people didn’t. But at the end of the day, and I’m not taking nothing away from him…I just don’t think the gesturing is creating anything. I think it’s bringing awareness, but I think doing stuff and creating awareness in the communities [is more effective].”
Anthony said he admires the quarterback for the “courage” he’s shown in starting a movement and withstanding the backlash, but he believes there’s much more to be done in the face of deep-rooted racial injustice. “I’m watching and I’m like, ‘OK.’ Like, ‘What’s next?’” Anthony asked himself, recounting the text conversation with Kaepernick. “In a very respectful way, he was like, ‘I took this step and, you know, just wanted to get your thoughts on what’s happening.’ And I said, ‘Well, you’re courageous.’ “I said, ‘You just showed a lot of courage in what you just did, but now is the hard part because you have to keep it going. So if that was just a one-time thing, then you’re f–ked. But now you keep it going and be articulate and elaborate on why you’re doing it, and be educated and knowledgeable of why you’re doing it so when people ask, you can stand up for what you believe in and really let them hear why.’”