If you want the right to disrespect your own country, you better live in America.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been under fire for the past few months for refusing to stand during the national anthem, justifying his disrespect by describing America as a nation that “oppresses black people.” Of course, if we lived in a nation that oppressed black people, do you think he’d have the freedom to make such a statement?
Imagine if ISIS had their own sports teams, and one of their players refused to honor the Islamic State before a game. He might have the freedom to do so…. but not the freedom to keep his head on his body shortly after.
Kaepernick is so oppressed that he earns $19 million a year, and was adopted and raised by two white parents.
Most people saw this whole debacle the same way. According to a Yahoo/YouGov poll, 29 percent of NFL fans are watching less football than in years past. Of that group, 40 percent blame the national anthem protests started in the preseason by Kaepernick. That was an especially popular reason for those 55 and over. Fifty-three percent of that group cited protests as their main reason for avoiding the NFL.
And now, his protest has finally come to bite him in the ass. As the Conservative Tribune reported:
Things haven’t gone well for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick since his ill-advised national anthem protests that sparked nationwide backlash.
In October, the controversial athlete reportedly signed a revised deal with the NFL team that effectively deleted the last three years of his contract — 2018 through 2020 — which could make him a free agent in March, according to USA Today.
In other words, Kaepernick is likely out of a job at the end of this season, and millions of America-loving, patriotic football fans across the country are not sad about it.
Well, good riddance to him.
The Leftist defenders of Kaepernick were quick to point out that as offensive as his protest is, he has every right to do it. I don’t think any conservative criticizing the man had argued that he didn’t.
Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences – and now Kaepernick has learned that lesson.