Kristian@wwl.com - San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Collin Kaepernick received some flack over the last few days when he was seen sporting a Miami Dolphins hat. Kaepernick is a hat and shoe collector, and said the hat was merely a fashion statement.
Was it? Is it that simple? Just a fashion statement? Is it ok for an NFL player to rock the gear of opposing teams? Why couldn’t he rock a 49ers hat to make his fashion statement? He’s a quarterback walking in the path of legends in San Francisco. The fans have seen greatness in Joe Montana and Steve Young, and doubt Montana or Young would ever slip on the colors or apparel of an opposing team. Kaepernick is a rising star in the NFL and a potential face of the organization, he can’t promote another team‘s brand.
I’m on team WWL, I would never wear a competitor’s colors, hat, or shirt. As a leader he has to separate fashion from common sense.
I’m all about fashion, but more importantly I’m about loyalty to your brand, in this case it’s the San Francisco 49ers. After receiving some criticism from the fans Kaepernick, had this to say on twitter: “This the hat y’all mad at? I’m goin wear what I want regardless of what you think. All you need to worry about is the fact that I grind for my teammates and the 49ers! I plan on doin this until they won’t let me in the building! #rediculous #y’allmustbebored”.
His reluctance to accept a lack of judgment and admit to a mistake shows a bit of immaturity. Do you think for a second that Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, or Tom Brady would ever put on the colors of an opposing team? What if it were a Saints player making a “fashion statement” with a New York Jets hat? Would you be ok with that? I wouldn’t.
If you are a part of a team, wear those colors. As a Marine, you would never catch me wearing a U.S Army , Navy, or Air Force hat. Kaepernick deserves the heat, he brought it on himself.