Sign Colin Kaepernick And Be Done With It.

Colin Kaepernick is an unmitigated, race-baiting radical who has embraced an ideology that has declared war on the American way of life. He’s also a quarterback who is certainly good enough to start and, even after a long hiatus, has the potential to perform well in the NFL. The clips of his workout with Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett show that his arm strength still appears to be NFL-caliber.

Sign him and be done with it.

The NFL’s embrace of radical racial justice ideology renders his kneeling for the national anthem a moot point in my view. Quite frankly, I cared little for what he or anyone else did during the anthem any way. I watch football because I derive entertainment from the strategic competition, not because I care about anyone’s politics or ideology.

I don’t watch post-game press conferences or pre-game media scrums. All I care about is the action on the field and the off-season moves that affect the action on the field. Thus, I could choose not to watch Kaepernick kneel, and I tuned out the putrid coming out of his mouth. I do the same for the NBA and baseball.

Kaepernick reemerged as a serious candidate to return to the NFL this week when the Seahawks traded Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. A number of years ago, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll defended the organization’s refusal to sign Kaepernick on the grounds that it viewed him as a starter and wouldn’t sign him to play backup to Wilson at the time. Wilson’s departure without a clear replacement has stoked fervent media speculation that the Seahawks will now revisit Kaepernick.

The media speculation is not just ideologically driven. Kaepernick appears to be in great shape in the clips of his workouts released to the public. His throws appear to have plenty of zip too.

Before his 2016 season, Kaepernick underwent three surgeries and didn’t start the season. When he finally returned to play, he was fairly efficient, throwing 16 touchdowns to 4 interceptions and posting respectable yardage averages both as a passer and a rusher. The 49ers then told him that it would release him as new head coach Kyle Shanahan had a vision for an offense in which he did not fit. That was the last time we saw Kaepernick in the NFL.

The bottom line this offseason is that multiple teams besides Seattle can use quarterback help. Only one team can win the Deshaun Watson trade sweepstakes. The Houston Texans will need a replacement for Watson. The Carolina Panthers have a horrible combination of Cam “Turnover” Newton and Sam “Ghostbuster” Darnold. The Indianapolis Colts have the very unreliable Carson Wentz at quarterback. The Pittsburgh Steelers have taken a huge chance with Mitchell Trubisky. The Detroit Lions have struggled with Jared Goff, who is only a stop-gap solution.

If Kaepernick is reasonable as to his contract, he is a low risk/high reward signing for any one of these teams. If he busts, his play will match his controversy. If he shines, then his performance will make up for his wokeness. Ask the teams that took chances on Antonio Brown, Randy Moss, etc.

Sports have always had heroes and villains. They keep the money flowing and they make the competition interesting. Just ask Red Sox fans how much they hated A-Rod. Kaepernick is a hero to some and a villain to others. There are people who will pay to see T.J. Watt, J.J. Watt, or Aaron Donald try to split him in half while sacking him. There are others who will pay just to see him perform.

I couldn’t care less. If Kaepernick makes one game that I watch competitive this years and the New England Patriots win it, I will have nothing to complain about.

End the nonsense, sign Kaepernick, and focus on winning. His nonsense is nothing new in a world of heroes and villains.

Cameron L. Atkinson

Cameron Atkinson is a Christian, a published constitutional scholar, a trial and appellate lawyer, and a general hell-raiser. He has received national recognition for his victories in civil rights cases, especially in First Amendment cases. Attorney Atkinson stands out for his written advocacy, and he has taken the lead role in briefing cases to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Connecticut Supreme Court, the Connecticut Appellate Court, and multiple New York appellate courts. Attorney Atkinson has successfully represented clients facing criminal charges, including successfully arguing for the reversal of a sexual assault conviction before the Connecticut Supreme Court. He will accept requests for public speaking engagements on a case-by-case basis.

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