Few NFL players have received more air time and fame for their off-field activities than former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Once revered as a man with incredible athletic talent and the ability to become one of the greats of NFL history, he is now known more for his political smears and publicity stunts than anything to do with football.
America is getting tired of it, and it is apparent that he is making more enemies than he is friends at this point.
Another former NFL player and Marine vet from California seems to say it best. Jeremy Staat says that Kaepernick is a “disgrace” for continually “pulling the racism and victim card” in his ongoing battle to get back into the NFL. And that his efforts for continued publicity really aren’t helping himself out at all.
You’ve probably never heard of Jeremy Staat or his NFL career, and that’s just fine. He, unlike Kaepernick, has never sought out fame and fortune.
Staat started out playing for Arizona State, where he played with NFL legend Pat Tillman. He then went on to play for the NFL and was mainly known for his years spent as a Pittsburgh Steeler defensive end from 1998 to 2000.
In 2001, after the September 11 attacks, he considered joining his friend Tillman in the military, who had left the Arizona Cardinals to become a U. S Army Ranger. However, Tillman convinced Staat to stay on with the NFL so that he could earn his NFL pension. So he played a while longer for the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams.
But in 2004, Tillman was killed in action in Afghanistan. This, coupled with his newly earned NFL pension, made his decision to leave the league and join the military an easy one.
In 2006, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq. He was later medically discharged for hip, back, and heart problems and found his way home where he finished his college degree and went on to complete his Masters.
But his heart still burns to serve his country. In September of this year, he announced that he would be running for the GOP nomination of California’s 8th District.
His first order of business is to combat the “national disgrace” of Colin Kaepernick and the leftist agenda he seems to serve.
He wrote in a fundraising email early this month that Kaepernick is a “national disgrace, and I’m tired of seeing him celebrated like he’s a hero.” And Staat’s statements on a recent appearance of ‘Fox & Friends’ held a similar message.
He said, “I think it’s an absolute disgrace. We have a professional athlete who has pulled the race card; he’s pulled the victim card. He knew what he was getting into when he decided to kneel and now, he’s going to go ahead and capitalize on this by essentially extorting the black community, and using Nike as his little shiny horse, if you will, to ride in on.”
Staat, like many Americans, believes that Kaepernick’s consistent decision to paint himself as a victim of race and inequality is an embarrassment both to the NFL and this nation. And his latest stunt has only made this painfully obvious, leading to Staat’s apparent distaste for the man.
Last month, Kaepernick turned what was likely his last chance to play in the NFL again into a publicity stunt for himself and Nike. As a result, several teams who were considering signing him as a backup, have decided not to.
Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan explained it this way, “As a coach, you don’t want the circus in your locker room.” And he continued, “But I’m sorry, but that’s what it is. Is it gonna be worth all the extra media? You’re gonna have a backup quarterback having press conferences and all those types of things. And part of being a backup is accepting your role. You push the starter but you accept the role as backup.”
Clearly, no one thinks Kaepernick is capable of taking a back seat and playing for anyone but himself. And they just don’t want all the drama he brings.
Staat says, “If you want to be part of the solution, go out and find ways to make the problem better. Don’t go out and attack individuals who are just doing their jobs,” which is precisely what Kaepernick loves to do.
Essentially, Staat’s saying ‘quit complaining and actually do something.’