If they were genuinely doing it for the reasons they claimed, the standard speech by Black athletes against Colin Kaepernick’s political position which involves him taking a knee during the playing and singing of the National Anthem as a form of protest against police brutality would be something like this, “The one thing I hope Colin Kaepernick realizes is that his stance is actually more of a tribute to our freedoms here in America than anything else. Name another country where where you could actively protest law enforcement’s protocol and be afforded a bully pulpit and, other than individual disagreements, face no backlash whatsoever. You can’t. If nothing else, Mr. Kaepernick’s protest has confirmed the greatness of America, not diminished it.”
But no, Colin Kaepernick’s Black critics won’t play along lines as cleverly subversive as that. And don’t think it’s because they’re all too dumb.
They all know where their bread is buttered and they’re all too paranoid to let as much as a crumb fall from the table.
At least I hope that’s the case. Lord, I’d hate to think that since in most cases, their playing careers are over, they’ve just taken to Toming and Cooing as a natural alternative lifestyle.
Don’t tell me some of these niggas have become Uncle Toms without having nephews and nieces!
Let’s go case-by-case:
Ray Lewis: “Take the flag out of it.”
Tiki Barber: “I don’t commend him for sitting and not honoring this country and our flag.”
Shaq: “My question is, what happened last year? How come you didn’t decide to do this last year or the year before that or the year before that?”
Jerry Rice: “All lives matter.”
Cam Newton: “Who am I to say, ‘Colin, you’re wrong, bro’? And who am I to say, ‘Bro, you’re right’”?
Now let’s deconstruct case-by-case as well.
Since Ray Lewis beat that murder rap he’s been undergoing a personal reinvention a lot like George Foreman did after losing to Ali.
Like George, Ray was once sullen and not too wordy. Now he’s saying more, but only the type of stuff that’s either non-committal or critical of Black people. Remember his rambling, incoherent take-down of Black Lives Matter?
As long as there’s a mic and a camera around, Ray will have more where that came from.
Tiki Barber wasn’t high on the list for Soul Brother of the Year to begin with. He left his pregnant Asian first wife for a blonde bimbo so his personal ethics aren’t now something that should give his voice credibility.
Tiki’s mama needs to speak either to or for him.
Shaq’s from a military family so I’ll give him a pass on being a patriot but the shot at Colin was a little unnecessarily. Maybe Kap wasn’t “woke” yet last year. Shaq blaming Kaepernick for not always having been political is like an adult blaming a baby for it’s inability to speak directly from the womb.
Jerry Rice’s criticism hurt me the most because he’s a fellow HBCU guy and we’re all supposed to know better. And to say All Lives Matter? What the fuck, man? Is your other current catchphrase “Make America Great Again?”
Cam Newton should have his vocal chords tied because even though he likes the sound of his own voice, he’s too scared to say anything honest any more.
All told, you’ve got a total of 5 Baghdad Bobs this time trying to reassure the bwana that the natives are calm while social media, jersey sales, and even many fellow current athletes are telling the world a far different story.