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Colin Kaepernick - again

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    We've had discussions about Kaepernick before, but I was not able to pull up our prior discussions this morning.

    Since Nike started their ad campaign, the value of the company has gone up $6 billion.

    Two teams so far (the Patriots and the Raiders) apparently are interested in talking to him, but this morning's surprise was the San Francisco 49ers, who just lost their starting quarterback:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/09/25/jimmy-garoppolo-injury-prompts-calls-ers-bring-back-colin-kaepernick/?utm_term=.ea8c53feeae8

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    Hopefully he gets serious consideration. The corrupt collusion of ownership is pathetic. SF is in a progressive blue state so anything is possible.

    Best of luck to him.

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    The Chicago Bears could use a fine quarterback, that team always ends up with second rate QB's, mainly because of McCaskey ownership. Before lousy QB Trubiski, the had Jay Cutler, another lousy QB who was paid well and performed poorly.

    I happen to think Nike made a smart business decision, it'll surely help Kaepernick land more endorsements.

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    All the people upset about Kaepernick should be watching the Viet Nam series on public tv showing how the USA CITIZENS were lied to allowing the build and subsequent death of 55000 USA soldiers. And there is more horrible results. I went with friends to visit their buddy at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in the fall of 1969. The buddy was on the eighth floor. He was strung up with bolts through his ankles attached to cables holding his burnt almost bare bone legs in the air. Two floors of guys like this. All because of liars waving the flag.
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    Nike's support of Kaepernick has resulted in some very positive results for the company. In contrast, Land O'Lakes support for Iowa Republican Steve King (the member of Congress most openly affiliated with white nationalism) has been a disaster.

    Although the company gave a modest $2500 to Trump's campaign in June, they have now withdrawn their support due to the fact that their support has generated threats of a boycott of the company's products from hundreds of people.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/food/wp/2018/10/29/land-olakes-faces-boycott-calls-over-its-donation-to-gop-rep-steve-king/?utm_term=.a5aa6e6af2d3

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    I love the talk of boycotts. Most major corporations don't give a damn about your options as long as you're spending money on their products or services. There are always choices to be made.
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    TJ Wrote: I love the talk of boycotts. Most major corporations don't give a damn about your options as long as you're spending money on their products or services. There are always choices to be made.

    Very valid. And Nike has done their research about who buys their products, and its not trump supporters. Nike understands that they are loosing the trump supporters, but likely are getting a 4:1 payout from the demographic that Nike is targeting.

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    According to today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kaepernick's shadow "still looms as NFL biggest game comes to Atlanta.

    Maroon 5 has canceled its press conference to discuss the band's Superbowl performance, saying "the artists will let their show do their talking for them."

    Facing blowback from those who still haven’t forgiven the NFL for how it dealt with Kaepernick and others, the band scuttled a news conference planned for Thursday.

    https://www.ajc.com/news/kaepernick-shadow-still-looms-nfl-biggest-game-comes-atlanta/E7ttOo5K1ECa9vim9GTxUK/

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    I would hope Kap. ultimately sues the shit out of the NFL. The league caters to the money of ownership. Can you say more collusion ? Yet more evil corruption in the good old USA.
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    TJ

    The team with the least revenue last season was the Oakland Raiders, who "only" took in $335 million. The team that took in the most money was the Dallas Cowboys, who earned $864 million. If you did some "quick and dirty math", the total income for all of the NFL teams was $16 billion. To quote the late Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois, "a billion here and a billion there, and pretty soon we're talking about some serious money".

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/193553/revenue-of-national-football-league-teams-in-2010/

    The revenue for the L.A. Rams is MUCH less than the revenue of the New England Patriots - but they are still going to the Super Bowl.

    If you're a "numbers guy", you will find it interesting to compare the salaries of the various quarterbacks compares to their team's revenue. The lowest paid quarterback is Rolanda McClain, whose salary last year was $16.5 million. Peyton Manning is the highest paid quarterback, at $32.4 million, which is equal to 8% of the total revenue for the Jaguars. Colin Kaepernick was paid $19,000,000 in 2016.

    http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/09000d5d829f6793/highest-paid-nfl-players-on-forbes-list

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    In September, Colorado store owner Steve Martin announced that he was going to stop selling Nike gear in his store in order to protest Colin Kaepernick:

    https://abc13.com/business/store-owner-to-stop-selling-nike-over-colin-kaepernick-ad/4160888/

    Karma is a funny thing.

    Yesterday, Mr. Martin announced that he was closing his Colorado Springs store, Prime Times Sports, after 20 years in business, because he could no longer afford the rent. Somehow, I have a feeling that Schmidt won't be sending him a sympathy card.

    https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/02/colorado-sports-store-nike-close-kaepernick

    “Being a sports store without Nike is kind of like being a milk store without milk or a gas station without gas. How do you do it? They have a monopoly on jerseys,” said Martin.

    Martin says he’s the only full service, licensed fan shop between Castle Rock and the New Mexico border. Despite having all 32 NFL team’s apparel in his store, he doesn’t have any current players’ jerseys–because of his decision to drop all Nike apparel.

    Martin came to the realization that Kaepernick and Marshall have a lot of supporters who can shop elsewhere.

    “As much as I hate to admit this, perhaps there are more Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick supporters out there than I realized,” said Martin.

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    Settlement reached. Really big money. At least they didn't address (Sarcasm) the racial injustice and disparities that it was all about.

    cbsnews.com/news/nfl-colin-kaepernick-r...

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    What I'm most interested to find out is if he agreed to never again play in the NFL or if the agreement allows him to play if a team wants him.

    My guess is if we never see him again on an NFL field then he agreed to not pursue a NFL contract ever again. If a team picks him up then our questions about whether he can play again will be answered.

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    Plantation mentality of the owners. Wow, that was a heavy line mentioned on the ESPN show Pardon the Interruption.

    YouTube link

    youtu.be/JbxCQ3DjGiA

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    Colin Kaepernick was in the news again this week due to another controversy about a flag.

    Here's the opinion of a local columnist:

    "Nike had planned to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July, featuring the Betsy Ross flag, on July 1 but instead benched it because Colin Kaepernick was offended.

    It seems some white nationalist groups in the Patriot Movement have taken to waving the Betsy Ross flag, the one with 13 stars in a circle and 13 stripes. So because a bunch of ignorant jerks co-opted America’s first flag, one of America’s major companies put on a pair of its overpriced footwear and sprinted into full-fledged retreat.

    Image result for betsy ross flag nike shoe

    Sorry, Nike, but you red, white and blew it."

    http://arizonarepublic.az.newsmemory.com/?publink=1bd445f37

    Here's a competing opinion from USA Today:

    Roy Tatem, president of the East Valley NAACP, said he didn’t believe the flag was intended to be racist or a racially motivated symbol.

    He said there wasn’t evidence of Ross being a racist or a slaveholder and he didn’t find the flag offensive.

    http://arizonarepublic.az.newsmemory.com/?publink=09e4c4fde

    I strongly support Nike's decision to have Colin Kaepernick their "poster boy", but I'm also of the opinion that they should have explained to him that the Betsy Ross flag should not be considered to be racially insensitive. Kaepernick's opinion is that the shoe reminded him of slavery, but that's REALLY a stretch, since EIGHTEEN U.S. Presidents owned slaves:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States_who_owned_slaves

    If you carry that argument to its logical conclusion, none of us should keep any bills with denominations of $1,$20, or $50, since Washington, Jackson, and Grant all owed slaves.

    That's just silly.

    Very few people, including me, had any idea that the Betsy Ross flag was used by white supremacist groups. By their decision to drop the shoe, Nike has inadvertently given free publicity to the white supremacist knuckleheads.