Colin’s Sit Down

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem when his team played Green Bay’s Packers Friday night.

Some of you have been asking me about that whole Colin Kaepernick situation over the weekend. For me, it’s pretty cut and dry.

Kaepernick has the right to feel the way he does about American society as it stands in 2016, but his gesture of sitting down during the national anthem was rather uncouth. Half a century ago, when Tommie Smith and John Carlos donned black gloves and waved them in the air when our country’s anthem played in their honor, at least they stood as they made their protest. I also see rumors among more conservative news sites that he converted to Islam in the off-season, but most of the sports media hasn’t reported that as fact, so it may or may not be.

Standing up by sitting down? That does not compute for me. He makes $19,000,000 a year. I wonder how much of that goes to charities he cares about.

Just a reminder, Colin: you have the right to sit on your keister, true that. But the 49ers have the right to release you, and the other NFL teams also have the right not to sign you up for their respective teams should San Francisco’s team release you.

In the age of social media, what you do in this life follows you around. Remember that. You can’t take a stand for something by merely sitting down.