Doug Robinson: NFL should feel no pressure to hire Kaepernick

via Deseret News by Doug Robinson

If you believe the media, the National Football League has a duty — an obligation, really — to provide employment for (former) quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

It’s been three months since he opted out of his contract (49ers’ version: they were going to cut him anyway).

Then he sat down — or took a knee, whatever — and waited for the phone to ring. And waited. And waited. And waited.

He’s still waiting. The Seattle Seahawks gave him a sniff recently, but decided to pass. Coach Pete Carroll says it’s because Kaepernick is a starter and the Seahawks already have a starter.

You mean former starters can’t be backups? What do they think he’s been doing most of the last two years? Maybe Carroll is just heading off a potential quarterback controversy.

The New York Jets, desperate for a quarterback, preferred to sign 37-year-old Josh McCown rather than Kaepernick.

The Cleveland Browns have had 26 starting quarterbacks since the rebirth of the franchise in Cleveland in 1999. They passed on Kaepernick. They prefer Brock Osweiler.

The Cardinals passed on Kaepernick, too, instead signing Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick replaced Gabbert as the 49ers starter last season and threw 16 touchdown passes and just four interceptions.

Joe Namath, it seems, will be offered a backup job before Kaepernick.

Anyway, the media has adopted Kaepernick as its latest pet cause. They’re always looking for causes as long as it is the right (actually left) kind.

The media can’t write enough stories about Kaepernick’s employment problem. They think he’s been blackballed because last season he refused to stand for the national anthem. He said he was protesting against “systematic oppression” of minorities and calling for “freedom for all people,” although he wound up looking ridiculous when he showed up at a press conference wearing a Fidel Castro T-shirt and then proceeded to defend him.

Kaepernick became the hot story of the football season and triggered copycats from the high school ranks to the pros and a controversy that even included comment from the president of the United States.

At the time, many defended Kaepernick by saying he had a right to free speech, although this was nonsense because speech is protected from governments, not employers, which is why some NFL owners ordered their players to stand-down. The NFL, which fines players if they wear their socks the wrong way, also invoked Kaepernick’s free speech rights and left him alone.

And so Kaepernick continued his protest throughout the season and became a polarizing figure. Right before he became a free agent in March he said he would stand for the anthem from now on. But where? In his family room?

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SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 23: Eli Harold #58, Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel for the anthem prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. The Buccaneers defeated the 49ers 34-17. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Eli Harold;Colin Kaepernick;Eric Reid

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