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Are NFL Owners Refusing to Sign Kaepernick Because They're Scared of a 'Nasty Tweet' from Trump?

The president likes to think so.

Seatacular/Foter.comSeatacular/Foter.comDonald Trump held the third campaign-style rally of his two-month-old presidency in Louisville tonight, where he boasted that some NFL owners weren't interested in signing Colin Kaepernick "because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump."

Trump cited a story from Bleacher Report, which quoted an unnamed general manager who suggested a fear of Trump might be keeping some teams from hiring Kaepernick, who last year declined to stand for the national anthem in protest of the treatment of African Americans in the U.S. as well as the corrupt political system (he knocked candidates Trump and Hillary Clinton last year, calling the former a racist and the latter someone who would be in prison if she weren't who she were).

"They think there might be protests or Trump will tweet about the team," Bleacher Report quoted the general manager as saying. "I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings."

The manager went on to tell Bleacher Report the majority of team owners "genuinely hate him and can't stand what he did," and that only about a fifth considered Kaepernick, who began last season as a second-string quarterback and ended up starting 11 games for the 2-14 San Francisco 49ers, which he had taken to the Super Bowl just four years earlier. He became a free agent this year in a market with not a lot of good quarterbacks.

Kaepernick was not the only player to protest during the national anthem last year, but he was the first and by far the most prominent. Earlier this month, Kaepernick said he would stand for the anthem this year, arguing the method would detract from unspecified positive changes he believes are happening. He did not vote in November.

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  • Rasilio||

    Lol no Teams are not signing Kapernick for the same reason they didn't sign Ray Rice, declining skills that make him a borderline NFL player at best.

    A borderline player that attracts that kind of attention is not going to be on an nfl roster.

    Greg Hardy however, well he got another chance because he was still a top notch pass rusher.

  • Sevo||

    I was certain he'd be arrested for impersonating an NFL QB by now.
    He's a guy who can't count to 40 and can't seem to read 10' tall lighted numbers directly in front of him, ignoring his inability to read defenses.
    In short, no one is signing him because he's NWS.

  • Sevo||

    Oh, and as regards his political views, they are every bit as important as Charles Barkley's.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Are Meryl Streep and Kapernick gonna just go ahead and get married any day now soon?

    Then they will be able to both LUXURIATE in how they have been martyred by The Donald, and go ahead and collect their next several million dollars worth of martyrdom! Formula is, be semi-famous; get martyred by The Donald; Pass "go", get out of fame-jail, and collect more invitations to spew forth on "Oprah"....

  • JeremyR||

    I think it's because of his outspokenness being a distraction.

    Same with Tebow. He wasn't a great QB, but are you seriously telling me he's worse than some of the guys starting? He actually had twice as many TDs as interceptions, a pretty big stat, and that doesn't count his running.

    Meanwhile, you have Sam Bradford constantly getting contracts, despite getting rid of the ball almost immediately to the nearest guy possible (which gets you a gaudy completions stats, but doesn't win games or move the ball)

  • esteve7||

    Yup, I loved Tebow even though I wasn't a Broncos fan. Such entertaining games.

  • Rasilio||

    No sorry you are a moron.

    TD to INT ratio is a stat and teams pay some attention to it, it is often the differentiator between a starter and a backup.

    FAR more important of a stat is completion percentage, anything lower than 60% and your job is jeopardy. Anything below 55% and you can't even get a job as a backup. Tebow's career completion percentage is 47.9%.

    At no point in his career was Tebow a starting caliber NFL QB and from a skills standpoint he can't carry Josh McCown's jock strap. Yes, I am seriously telling you that at his peak he was not better than even losers like Geno Smith.

    Had he swallowed his pride when he came out and considered a move to Tight End or RB and he might have had an NFL career but he was never going to be a QB in the NFL

  • Juice||

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

  • ||

    Kaepernick's QBR was 23rd out of 30 QBs for 2016. Better than Tannehill, Manning and Newton though.

    Nonetheless, I'm guessing stuff like that keeps teams away.

    Oh. Alex Smith was 11th.

  • Sevo||

    "Kaepernick's QBR was 23rd out of 30 QBs for 2016."

    Someone finally taught him to count to 40 without taking his shoes off.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

  • GILMORE™||

    ""YOU WERE RIGHT = WELD WAS A TERRIBLE IDEA, WE'RE SO SORRY"

  • widget||

    Howard Schulz, the CEO of Starbucks, just got demoted by trying to serve a cup of coffee with a political lecture. This can't happen fast enough for me. I will buy my own noose from capitalist, or not, and thank you very much for sharing.

  • Ken Shultz||

    The NFL is in the entertainment business. Quarterbacks, in addition to winning games, are paid to be a marketing gimmick to sell season tickets and luxury boxes. Nobody wants to use Kaepernick to market their team--when he has a history of hurting his team's marketing to patriotic Americans.

    McDonalds and CocaCola don't market themselves by dissing the American flag or the national anthem either. This is the way markets are supposed to work. Market forces are people making choices, and if paying ticket holders would rather lose than win with Kaepernick, then the owners are making the right move.

    This is the libertarian substitute for censorship, too. Being free from government sanction does not mean being free from the consequences of your choices. If you want to say controversial shit and do controversial things, go ahead, but consumers are free to make choices for themselves, too. Turn them off, and there's a price to pay for that.

    P.S. If a general manager says some teams are afraid of being called out by Trump for signing Kaepernick, then Trump isn't crazy to claim credit for that.

  • widget||

    Nobody wants to use Kaepernick to market their team--when he has a history of hurting his team's marketing to patriotic Americans.

    I wish US professional sport competitions didn't start off with the Star Spangled Banner. It's a crappy song for one and no one knows the goddamn words. The tune is too much for most people to sing along with.

    In the 70's Kate Smith would sing God Bless America before the Flyers' games. It was a huge hit. Rather than having a different pop singer go at it for each game, it was hefty Kate again and again. Any pro sports team who did this now would be a HUGE success.

  • Sevo||

    widget|3.21.17 @ 12:12AM|#
    "...I wish US professional sport competitions didn't start off with the Star Spangled Banner. It's a crappy song for one and no one knows the goddamn words. The tune is too much for most people to sing along with."

    Besides which, it's a load of jingoism no one needs. Ditto the lame 'god look after us' hogwash at the start of NASCAR races; I don't care about your superstition.

  • widget||

    I submit that "God Bless America" is less jingoistic than the "Star Spangled Banner". And, by the way, I am amystical. If you're going to do religion, do it light and easy. I think "God Bless America" is OK, YMMV.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "I wish US professional sport competitions didn't start off with the Star Spangled Banner. It's a crappy song for one and no one knows the goddamn words."

    Being patriotic sells to an awful lot of people. And that's why the armed forces spend so much money on advertising--that and the fact that so many people of age are watching football.

    Oh, and I love the Star Spangled Banner, especially the way it ends.

    Oh say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave
    o'er the land of the free--and if not, are you brave enough to do something about it?

    It's damn libertarian is what it is.

    And consider the alternatives.

    "This land is your land
    This land is my land
    from California to the . . . "

    Actually, stay off my property, you fucking union organizing, hippy scum. My land is my land. Not your land.

    America the beautiful isn't much better.

    The great thing about America isn't purple mountain majesties or brotherhood. That shit's nothin' compared to the liberty, capitalism, and the First Amendment.

  • Bob K||

    No way. That song is awesome. Of course I am from Baltimore and it is about how our ancestors fucked up the British and sent them packing (while DC allowed itself to be burned). +1 O' chant at Baltimore games.

  • No Yards Penalty||

    The guy brought his political views to his workplace. Sometimes, there are consequences to doing so. He may be suffering those consequences. Or maybe he just sucks. Or maybe he's expecting too much money.

  • Sevo||

    "...Or maybe he's expecting too much money."

    That house down the street that hasn't sold? Doesn't matter that it's green or has a steep driveway; it's priced too high. Lower the price, it'll sell.
    Kaep, there is a team that will offer you $100K or so to toss to the practice squad so they can figure out what to do with a lame QB; Take it.

  • Big Chief||

    I think he'll get signed at some point. Probably after the draft, but if you're going to stick your neck out, you'd better be good enough to justify putting up with it. That's why I think he announced publicly that he wasn't going to kneel anymore, to assure teams he wouldn't be a distraction any longer.

    And speaking of this year being a market without a lot of good quarterbacks - he's part of the reason it's being described that way.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Who knew that teams might not want a signal caller with marginal skills being a distraction? The NFL is a business and football is a team sport. Kaepernick made some good points and some not so good points, but most of all he made a lot of stupid decisions. His method brought little to the table as far as changing the minds of those not already on the same page.

  • ||

    "His method brought little to the table as far as changing the minds of those not already on the same page."

    And outright pissed off people.

  • DanO.||

    Not that General Cheeto is not a thug.

  • RabbitHead||

    He's a backup at this point. There are two kinds of backups you want.

    A young guy who might be an up and comer who can play if you need him to.

    A veteran in decline who provides leadership in the locker room and mentoring to a young starter.

    I don't see Kaepernick in either category. Vet in decline sure, but leadership? He's a warm body. The kind of backup you settle for, if you can't find the kind you want.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    Please. NFL teams would sign the ghost of Hitler to a contract if they thought he would make their team better and help them win games.

    Nobody wants Colon Paperneck because he absolutely sucks donkey dick and can barely hit the broad side of a barn. Will he stand up for 'O Canada'? The world waits and wonders with bated breath.

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