Let me back up. Vick went on Speak For Yourself yesterday (July 17th) to talk about his career and the current happenings in the National Football League including the recent Ezekeil Elliot incident/non-incident. They also discussed the Colin Kaepernick situation, Kaepernick, as you know, announced his “retirement” a few weeks back and Colin and Wason Jhitlock asked Vick his opinion on the matter. Now granted, there’s a good reason they are asking Vick this: Vick was labeled as toxic after his arrest in 2007 and many thought he would not get a chance to re-enter the league. Vick gave his two cents –
“First thing we got to get Colin to do is cut his hair,” the former quarterback said during an appearance on FS1’s “Speak For Yourself.”
“I’m not up here to try and be politically correct, but even if he puts cornrows in I don’t think he should represent himself in that way,” Vick continued. “Just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut. You know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot. … All he needs to do is just try to be presentable.”
Now let me say that I totally get what Michael is trying to say here: image goes a long way and sometimes you got to go along with the game if you want to get where you want to go. It’s a harsh, ugly truth, but it is the truth, if Vick came out of Leavenworth sporting those retro AI cornrows he had going in or came out with Joshua Cribbs dreads, he wouldn’t have gotten as many looks. That’s ZERO disrespect to Cribbs and AI, they can wear their hair however they want, they weren’t dealing with rehabbing their image and owners weren’t worried about that (although Iverson’s case was a little different…..). Vick is talking about rehabbing one’s image to come back into society, he was convicted of a crime.
Kaepernick is talking about Civil Rights and police violence towards minorities. There is no image to rehab here.
You can go down a list of the other 31 NFL teams and point to one of three reasons why Kaepernick hasn’t been signed by that particular team:
- The Owner disagrees with his protest
- The Owner fears that signing him will enrage their fan base, and let’s face it, a large number of the fanbases for a majority of teams are middle class white males. That is the exact group that doesn’t “get” or “agree with” what Kaepernick was trying to state. (2B). Kaepernick does not hogging spotlight and will not come out to “clarify” anything, he doesn’t want the additional attention.
- The team already has a backup in place (Falcons, Panthers, Cardinals etc)
- * – Pete Carroll thought he deserved a chance to start
Kaepernick cutting his afro will not get him under anyone’s contract. Coming out and saying that he’s “sorry for causing all this mess and that police are a protected class in our society and Blue Lives Matter” while THEN cutting his hair and wearing a clean cut suit would get him under a contract.
It doesn’t matter that Kaepernick finished with a 90.7 QB rating, better than his career average, and his 3rd best season statistically. It doesn’t matter that he was throwing passes to Jeremy Kerley, Shaun Draughn, Quinten Patton, etc. Nevermind that the leading receiver on the team had LESS THAN 700 YARDS AND ONLY 3 TOUCHDOWNS.
Kaepernick is why they went 2-14 according to those that don’t like him.
In other words, the bridges are burned.
What’s incredibly sad is that Vick played right into this idiot Whitlock’s hands. Whitlock constantly gets on air and tells blacks how we basically need to do what the whites say if we want to survive or deserve survival. So his black ass can kiss every single inch of mine. I’m not upset that Vick made that point, he was aiming in the right direction, but he missed his target completely and now Whitlock can continue shucking and jiving because he got a “black millenial hero” on his side.
I took Courtney off the auto-tweet of this post cause I didn’t want anyone getting sassy in her mentions. She didn’t write this, I did. @EagleEye1906.