Former NFL player and current NBC Sports commentator Rodney Harrison has offered yet another ill-advised and misguided opinion on Colin Kaepernick protesting the nation anthem.
According to Harrison, Kaepernick should be standing during the anthem because he doesn’t really have anything to protest. He pleaded his case during an interview with SportsTalk 790.
Let him explain (per Complex):
“I just think he’s going about it the wrong way. And if he really wants to make change, sitting his butt down on the bench, that’s not going to change [anything]. That’s going to get people very upset, and he has to understand that. If you think you’re sitting against the national anthem, well, a lot of people really served before his time and are now trying to give him the freedoms and the liberties and the opportunities he has to be able to make the money that he has and the ability to speak and have a voice.”
Hold on, he’s not finished. Harrison went on to say.
“I’m a black man, and Colin Kaepernick, he’s not black. He cannot understand what I face and what other young black men and black people face or people of color face on an every single [day] basis when you walk in the grocery store and you might have $2000 or $3000 in your pocket and you go up into a Foot Locker and they’re looking at you like you’re about to steal something. I don’t think he faces those types of things that we face on a daily basis.”
Sensing that may not have come out the way he wanted it to, he kept talking.
I’m not saying that he has to be black. What I’m saying is, you know, I said his heart is in the right place, but even with what he’s doing, he still doesn’t understand the injustices that we face as a black man or people of color.
It’s one of those situations where it’s a very sensitive topic, and he has to understand, too, that right now, he’s in the midst of a quarterback battle. He’s in the midst of trying to keep a job. Sometimes, you have to look at the bigger picture. People will say, ‘Well, maybe what he’s standing for is bigger than him winning the job,’ or something like that. But my thing is, I look at the timing of the situation. Why is he doing it now? He’s in a quarterback battle. He’s fighting for his life. Yes, he’s guaranteed $11 million. But what happened to all this Colin Kaepernick talk when he was making $300,000? I guess it’s easier to sit there and say, ‘I know I’m guaranteed $11 million. I made eight figures last year, so I’m set financially for the rest of my life. Now, I can get up and talk and feel like I have the freedom to say whatever I want.’ But what happened to that three, four years ago when he was making little money? That’s my thing. It’s the timing.
And then, I was always taught by [Patriots head coach Bill] Belichick, ‘Don’t cause distractions in the locker room. Don’t force your teammates to have to answer questions for you.’ Now what is his teammates doing? They have to answer questions. It becomes a distraction, and this team frankly is not good enough to be able to handle trying to get better and to handle these distractions. I just think it’s not the right timing.
Facts. Colin Kaepernick is bi-racial. He was adopted by White parents, but, he is still “black.”
As expected, Twitter is currently dragging Harrison.
Rodney Harrison your clown. Out of everything you can say with your platform? Put down another brother for standing up? @Rodney_Harrison
— BBG Ricci (@twentyfivehrs) August 30, 2016
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