Let’s be real. Many in the NFL and mainstream are taking a knee merely to spite President Trump. Cam Newton, however, understands the real motive behind the act, which is why he praised Colin Kaepernick for his trailblazing stance during a recent interview.
“My hat goes off to the Colin Kaepernicks of the world,” Cam said. “He’s made the ultimate sacrifice (as a player), and I respect that wholeheartedly. I can’t let a moment go by without shedding light to that: A person that does have the talent to play, a person that should be in this league, but I feel as if he’s not getting his just due because of his views.”
Some may disagree with Cam, but the reality is that Colin Kaepernick is not the “washed up” player that many have painted him in efforts to mask what could be discrimination.
Colin was given a record $126-million contract in 2014 after leading his then-team, the San Francisco 49ers, two consecutive NFC championship series and one Super Bowl meet. He was the talk of the NFL until he took a social justice stance last year after several unarmed African American men were gunned down by police officers. It wasn’t until Colin began kneeling during the national anthem that he suddenly became a horrible ball player. The 49ers even replaced him with a quarterback whose record was nearly the worst in NFL history. Take that as you like.
Kaepernick has endured harsh criticism from both white and Black NFL players. Michael Vick even went so far as to say that Colin may have a chance of being signed to a team if he groomed his hair differently.
Still, despite scrutiny and those who will for him to be penniless, Colin remains active in the community and determined to see justice for minorities with regard to police brutality.
“That’s a legend, right there,” Cam told the Charlotte Observer. “For him to think outside of himself, to raise awareness of something that, this is 365 days removed from his first initial stand, and now here we are doing the same things. And now everybody is kind of understanding what his reasoning was, and I respect that.”
Right on, Cam!