He’s been photographed with Louis Farrakhan fan Linda Sarsour. He donated $25,000 to a charity honoring domestic terrorist Assata Shakur. And he should have lost some of his credit with the social justice crowd for partnering with Nike for its “Just Do It” campaign — but he didn’t. Nike is one of the biggest beneficiaries of corporate welfare in America, it uses sweatshop labor abroad, and there are countless instances of black men being robbed and killed for their extremely overpriced Air Jordans. How progressive.
The NFL is a business, and not only were Kaepernick’s off-the-field antics bad for business, but his on-the-field performance in his final season wasn’t great either.
Kaepernick had a 49.5 QBR in 2016, ranking 23rd among 30 qualified players. He made 11 starts and fumbled nine times. That was in his age 29 season. Pro athletes tend to peak around 27 to 30 years old. Kaepernick will turn 33 this November. Odds are, Kaepernick, who has not played in an organized game of football since the 2016 season, would be worse than he was then.