This is a few days old, but I’ll post it anyway. Just after the policeman who shot Philando Castille was found not guilty on June 16, Colin Kaepernick posted the following tweet:
A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled! pic.twitter.com/BVVPVZIQyD
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) June 16, 2017
I understand Kaepernick’s anger — the killing of Castille was tragic and disturbing. But the comparison of police officers to slave patrollers is as offensive as the socks Kaepernick wore last year that depicted policemen as pigs.
Before Kaepernick posted this tweet, I thought he was taking the necessary steps to save his career. He had announced he no longer would kneel for the National Anthem, and then he went silent for most of the offseason. That’s what I would have advised him to do if I were his agent. I would have told him to stop calling attention to himself for non-football issues. Show the league he’s focused on his future as a player.
This tweet cancels out everything Kaepernick did this offseason to resurrect his career. Now, he probably will become a martyr who sacrificed his NFL career for social justice.