In Trump’s America everybody can get a job, well, almost everybody. How toxic do you have to be to not get offered a job? I think we just found out;

On Thursday, it was reported that the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks canceled a workout for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick because he refused to stop kneeling for the national anthem:

The article clarifies the error here. The ambiguity was not whether grass would meet knee during the National Anthem; it was that Kapernick would not reveal his plans for his off field activities or his plans for social activism in general.

The Seahawks are in desperate need of QB help. They have Russell Wilson but no backup, releasing last year’s back up for domestic violence problems. Most teams carry 3 QB’s on the roster so Seattle is desperate. Yet they still cancelled the workout because Kap was playing coy. To be clear, the work out was only postponed. The Seahawks brain trust may decide to invite him back for a try out, if Kap is more forthcoming about his off field plans or if they decide the fall out in ticket sales, if that comes to fruition, is worth the price.

I don’t won’t to rehash the “collusion” aspect of this story, only that I think it is hilarious that each team owner is being deposed and having to explain why they do not want to hire a no talent whinny ex-QB. OK, no talent may be harsh, but I watched his last year with the 49er’s, he was dreadful.

These ties in with all the boycott posts we have written about here. CEO’s of public companies and football team owners make decisions all the time about how they will run their business, what products they will sell or put out on the field. If they wish to cater to a social cause or a specific targeted consumer, they can do that. And if other consumers find disfavor with that decision, they should shop somewhere else and let the market spank the company with lower profits for the bad decision made. The free markets should decide.

First and foremost, the NFL is a business; if it is not profitable then it will go out of business. Team owners suffered financially due to fan blow-back last year. Rational or not, some fans saw the kneeling as disrespectful. Again, no need to re-litigate  the respect angle, but unhappy fans do not buy tickets. Stadiums are half filled, ratings on stations carrying the games slip, sponsors sell fewer ads or for less money, the financial hurt trickles all the way down the food chain.

Some owners like Jerry Jones have publicly declared that anyone kneeling will get benched, yet another business decision that may backfire. If Dez Bryant kneels, gets benched, and the team loses then fans will not be happy.

I know some will get all worked up that owners can dictate and shape off field activities, welcome to the NFL. I suspect that every professional sports contract since the creation of sports has had morals clauses or other clauses that affect off field activity, all big boy pant jobs do. The military has “conduct unbecoming” which could mean just about anything unsavory or ill-conceived. My past avocation had “conduct unprofessional”. HR departments put in all kinds of clauses that may seem stifling or restrictive but the obligation employees have is to comply or go work someplace else.

The funny thing is that this is all Kaepernick’s doing. He could  say whether he plans to kneel or not. He could promise to restrict all off field activities to acts that would not bring disrespect or dishonor to his employer. He could also man up and identify those causes he is passionate about and wants to speak out on, and let each team decide whether he is worth all the baggage he brings.

Or could it be that he knows he sucks and can’t throw anymore? He would rather bitch and moan about him being black-balled then to actually get a chance to prove his worth and have the world find out that he is not worth much at all.

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kevinmkr

If Dez Bryant kneels, gets benched….

No worries about that now, Rich. Not in Dallas, at least. 🙂

I know some will get all worked up that owners can dictate and shape off field activities

For better or for worse, that’s every job, nowadays. What you do or are *perceived* to do in your private life now has the ability to affect your work life, regardless of what field you’re in and often with little or no due process.

kevinmkr

I’ve been lurking at RTFLC as it’s been closing shop and saw that you had made the move here. My wife and I just had kid #2 and so I’m not terribly active over here (or anywhere outside of the house, actually). 🙂 Glad you’re here! I will say, I am slightly less critical of Kap than you are with regards to his talent level in the NFL. He’s way better than a large majority of the 2nd string (and some starters) in the league. However, I agree with you completely regarding the fact that his skill level (no matter… Read more »

Special K found out he wasn’t so special, and is still whining about it.

Meanwhile, it looks like it has begun in Syria:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-france-britain-launch-strikes-syria-trump-013255933.html

Santino

kevinmkr welcome back! Congrats on baby #2. How about that run by Michigan in the Big 10 tournrey and the Final Four..

Nothing punctuates the point of their affluence more than to be involved with those that aren’t.

I really need to do a better job at this with my kids. They really don’t understand just how good they have it.

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

I guess I could go tit-for-tat here by mentioning how harrowing it was for the nfl to jump down colin’s throat over him protesting the article of faith that is the national anthem, and in the same breath taking the ever-so-doucheworthy approach of “wait and see” on Ruben foster. Too easy for low dangling fruit? The fundamental issue over the kapaernik thing is now not all of the reasons we can conjure to justify firing him, but WHY he got fired. Was the issue purely racially motivated or not? I think to all but the most shameless, that answer is… Read more »

CMNZ

Thank goodness Trump got that good ol’ Congressional approval before bombing Syria huh, not like that last guy.

The Ingraham comparison isn’t a good one. She’s an opinion journalist. Speaking out about current events and making controversial arguments is literally her job. That’s the first reason it’s a bad counter. Second reason is that the complaints about what happened to Ingraham don’t have anything to do with whether or not boycotts are fair play. You’re way off on that. The outrage is over how Hogg has been set up as an untouchable icon who can say whatever nasty thing he wants and absolutely nobody can criticize him without facing ruin. Hogg is allowed to use social media to… Read more »

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

Ingraham went a little out of the scope of even hournalism to probe into, and then mock hogg’s attempts to get accepted into college. By ingraham’s very own definition in the tweet I linked, she herself rationalized using “targeted harassment” to boycott advertisers of things she did not like, the clip on the right is her being astounded by it when it happened to her. Lastly, by your definition Hogg used social media to direct “targeted harassment” at Ingraham, which was in direct response to Ingraham using her twitter account to mock Hogg. Of course, this means you also logically… Read more »

Ingraham went a little out of the scope of even hournalism to probe into, and then mock hogg’s attempts to get accepted into college. She didn’t “probe into it”. He tweeted about it on the same account he uses for his public political activism. It was fair game. By ingraham’s very own definition in the tweet I linked, she herself rationalized using “targeted harassment” to boycott advertisers of things she did not like, the clip on the right is her being astounded by it when it happened to her. When I say “targeted harassment”, I’m specifically referencing Twitter’s own rules… Read more »

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

It’s because you’re not making a point, you’re hiding in a deflection. You WANT this to be something different when these are, in fact, the same issues mirroring each other. Unfortunately you probably never anticipated the shoe being on the other foot, so now you want to drag the issue off into the weeds as if your viewpoint ever became more nuanced than “fuck the nfl because fuck kapaernik. I enjoy watching it all burn down.” The issue is very simple despite you trying to conflate it. You’re not clear, you’re deliberately trying to be obtuse with your previous positions… Read more »

I have to wonder how the teams, and the NFL would react if Kap, wore BLM stickers on his helmet, or black shoes. or something on his uniform to show his support for awareness of police brutality…..

You WANT this to be something different when these are, in fact, the same issues mirroring each other. No, they’re not. You’re taking a simplistic view of “Ah ha! The NFL got boycotted and now Ingraham is getting boycotted and you Trumpcucklicans are all mad about it! Ha, ha!” That isn’t it at all. These outrage mob tactics have been going on for years. I’ve commented on them in multiple posts along with my problem with corporations jumping into Culture War issues. I don’t like it, but I’ve accepted that it’s the norm in modern America. It’s why I didn’t… Read more »

kevinmkr

Rich, thanks for the great advice. I’m very glad that I asked for your thoughts. I’ve taken them to heart and am going to share them with my wife. As always, there’s gold in experience and I appreciate you letting me mine a bit of yours.

kevinmkr

The fundamental issue over the kapaernik thing is now not all of the reasons we can conjure to justify firing him, but WHY he got fired Technically, he quit. While it’s true that he’s clearly been blackballed, for lack of a better term, he was contracted to play last season and opted out. Nitpicking. kevinmkr welcome back! Congrats on baby #2. How about that run by Michigan in the Big 10 tournrey and the Final Four.. “Back” is a relative term — not very much free time these days (although I made it out to see The Darkness last Friday).… Read more »

kevinmkr

I don’t know if that French Riviera reference was a joke Rich — it was meant to be a reference to opulence — I’m not even sure if it’s relevant anymore but I think you understood the context. It’s amazing how many times I’ve already rewritten my parenting guide from pre-children speculation to post-children reality. One of the big pre-children items was the steadfast rule that I wasn’t going to take my kids on big international trips with me until they were much older to appreciate the traveling that my wife and I engage in. My thought being that they… Read more »

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