Baltimore is now ground zero for the “Kaepernicks” – aka his defenders in the Left-stream media who are desperately advocating for some NFL team, any team, to sign him to a contract. They’re pressuring the Ravens to sign the Social Justice Warrior, not so much for his potential to throw touchdown passes and help the team win games, but more because Baltimore and America can “use his voice.”
The Ravens are thin at quarterback because long-time star Joe Flacco is experiencing back pain. The reserve quarterbacks are unimpressive. And the head coach, John Harbaugh, is the brother of Kaepernick’s previous coach, Jim Harbaugh, when he played at San Francisco. John Harbaugh and Kaepernick have been communicating back and forth this year, and now the media is demanding the Ravens sign the great SJW hope.
The editorial board of the Baltimore Sun just raised the standards of liberal lunacy today with this over-the-top advocacy:
We need Colin Kaepernick’s voice (and maybe his arm). … What is disappointing about this situation is Mr. Kaepernick’s quiet assurance to the Ravens and any other teams who might be in the market for his services that he would stand for the anthem this year. Whether the Ravens need his arm, we’re in no position to say. But Baltimore — and America in general — could certainly use his voice.
Mr. Kaepernick’s defenders have gone to great lengths recently to argue that he would be an asset to an NFL team by emphasizing his skill on the field, his dedication to training, his positive effect on locker room culture and even his ability to build muscle on a vegan diet. We doubt the Ravens or any other NFL team will look at it this way, but his social activism also makes him an asset to the community. Mr. Kaepernick does a lot more than kneel before games; among other things, he has also hosted a series of “Know Your Rights” camps teaching young people of color about financial literacy, health, college admissions — and the history of police brutality.
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Kaepernick angered multitudes of people by refusing to honor America and by branding public safety officers as “pigs” and “run-away slave patrol.” Only the Seattle Seahawks, who brought him in but did not sign him, have gone anywhere near this toxic free agent. The owner of the New York Giants acknowledged having Kaepernick on a team could ignite a furious fan backlash.
The Sun editors also prefer Kaepernick’s stance on America’s police officers to that of President Trump. They claimed he casually endorsed police brutality in a speech to law enforcement officers in Long Island Friday. And it “echoed the circumstances of Freddie Gray’s killing in Baltimore two years ago.":
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon — you just see them thrown in, rough — I said, please don’t be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head and they've just killed somebody — don't hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, OK?”
BALTIMORE SUN: “To president Trump, that’s a joke. He got laughs and applause from the crowd. Responsible police chiefs across the nation have subsequently explained why what he said wasn’t funny, and at a time when the Department of Justice is walking away from its efforts at reform and instead seeking to reinstitute the kind of zero-tolerance policies that led to systemic civil rights violations in Baltimore and elsewhere, it certainly isn’t.”
The Sun editorial concluded: “Pro sports teams like their athletes to be involved in the community in benign ways that are unlikely to offend. But at a time when the president of the United States treats cops roughing up the people they arrest as a laugh line, Mr. Kaepernick is saying something we need to hear.”
Thank God that NFL teams have until now disagreed with the Sun's absurd position on Kaepernick’s message. The owner of the Ravens knows he needs help at QB and that the radical free agent will bring a firestorm of outrage down on any team that signs him. Like the other NFL teams that signed quarterbacks this offseason, he's treading very carefully.
The Sun editorial board got one right though: they’re in “no position to say” -- much about Kaepernick that makes any rational sense. Readers commenting on the editorial are overwhelmingly rebuking the Sun.