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Nate Jackson / November 25, 2019

Kaepernick ‘Canceled’? Please.

The former quarterback simply isn’t good enough to offset the inevitable media circus.

The incredibly tiresome Colin Kaepernick kneeling saga has been going on since 2016. (Does it sometimes seem to anyone else that we’re caught in a time loop and 2016 never really ended?) This week’s update is that the mediocre quarterback who kneeled himself out of a job by 2017 remains jobless because no NFL team has made an offer after last week’s pathetic sham of a workout.

We call it a sham because the NFL set up a tryout of sorts for him, which he canceled at the last minute and replaced with his own workout and camera crew. Who cancels a job interview, holds an “alternate” one because of the employer’s bias or other supposed wrongdoing, and then complains when he isn’t hired? A social-justice warrior, that’s who.

So that’s the background. Now for the “news.”

New York Times columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates says Kaepernick is a victim of — get this — “cancel culture.” Coates argues that Kaepernick isn’t getting job offers because he’s been “canceled” by an NFL with “suddenly delicate sensibilities” over the national anthem. Coates makes a fair point about the NFL’s double standard of employing “domestic abusers, child abusers and open racists” but not Kaepernick. But other kneelers still have jobs. It’s obvious that Coates is deliberately fumbling the ball on Kaepernick to tell an overarching leftist narrative — one that places blame for the Left’s cancel culture everywhere but on the Left.

Kaepernick doesn’t have a job in the NFL for a simple reason: He’s not good enough to justify the inevitable media circus. The same could be said of Tim Tebow, who often kneeled to pray on the field and who leftists couldn’t wait to “cancel.”

Well, actually, there’s another reason: Kaepernick doesn’t want a job. We’ve argued before that the whole kneeling thing began virtually by accident. Kaepernick was benched for poor play, pouted about it by sitting on the bench during the national anthem, and, when asked about it, decided to make a cause out of his “victim” status by making it some kind of statement against police “racism” or something. If Kaepernick wanted a job, he’d work to earn one. Instead, he’s living high on the hog after his lucrative — and disgraceful — deal with Nike. Why get banged up playing football when he can make a fortune off of martyrdom?

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