John Feinstein of The Washington Post is wondering aloud about NFL owners who are willing to hire criminals—notably DUI offenders and abusers of wives and girlfriends—to play on their football teams. It would be natural to write off these self-aggrandizing tribunes of the “second chance” as hypocrites who are willing to whitewash some patently awful behaviour in order to build the best team possible.
Yet few owners there be, apparently, who subscribe wholeheartedly to the motto of legendary Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis: “Just win, baby.” If they really were focusing on victory at all costs, they wouldn’t be refusing to hire quarterback Colin Kaepernick. So what’s really going on here?
Kaepernick has been famous these days for refusing a year ago to stand for the American national anthem in solidarity with black men gunned down by police officers without cause. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media.
The 2013 Super Bowl quarterback led his woeful San Francisco 49ers as well as he could this past year, and now finds himself without a team—just when a number of teams are looking pretty desperately for quarterbacks.
So why are the 32 white men who own NFL teams not greenlighting the hiring of a quarterback with a proven record of quality performance, whose best years may well be ahead of him?
Taylor Swift, of all people, might show us why.
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