Newell Normand: Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Delusion

Newell Normand
October 18, 2017 - 5:19 am

Colin Kaepernick's filed a grievance against the NFL & its owners alleging collusion. Here are Newell Normand’s HOT TAKES on the issue:

*Let’s talk about Colin Kaepernick’s latest move. To me it’s collusion delusion. This grievance filed speaks volumes about Colin’s inability to take responsibility for his own actions. The filing demands an arbitration hearing on the matter, saying the NFL and its owners “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”

*So Colin alleges the owners are colluding against him in spite of everything else that's going on with the players and owners showing a united front– kneeling to show unity…standing to show respect for the national anthem…and meeting to come up with possible resolutions. Now, once again, it's somebody else's fault. Colin, I’m here to tell you – its real simple - every action has a reaction.

*Then information surfaces that some teams tried to offer Kaepernick a job. But, apparently he has a more inflated view of his worth to teams. It’s reported that Colin doesn’t want “back up money,” and allegedly says the league minimum rate of $900,000 per year for a seventh year player isn’t enough. He obviously, in my view, doesn't have as strong an interest in coming back as he wants people to believe.

*In light of all the disagreement among the NFL teams about how to handle this protest issue…as well as the indecision from the NFL, it seems to me collusion is highly unlikely.

*I hear all the time that the players and the NFL Players Association are saying, “This is our platform.” That strikes me as odd. When you're on that little green space in the middle of the stadium, is it really your platform? They're employees. Somebody else's resources are paying for that show we call NFL games. It’s someone else's branding. The fans obviously make a big contribution as well.

*I don't believe Sunday, Monday, Thursday football is their platform. If they want to go outside after the game and shake a sign, go for it! If they want to call a press conference, do that. If they want to create a special program for broadcast or podcast or commercial campaign, go right ahead. Spend your money, spend your human capital, and develop your own platform. Just don't do it when everybody else is financing it.

*As it relates to the original social justice issue Colin Kaepernick said he was protesting, I always like to look to the empirical data. According to The Washington Post - 737 people have been killed by police so far this year. 329 are white; 165 are black. 112 are Hispanic. There are 24 members of other races, and there are 107 cases where the race is unknown. The vast majority of these end up being justifiable homicides.

 

 

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