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Aaron Rodgers Comes Under Fire For What He Said About Kaepernick

As the NFL regular season fast approaches, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains without a job. There has been a ton of speculation as to why that is. Kaepernick made plenty of headlines last year, but it wasn’t for anything he accomplished on the field. During last year’s preseason, he started refusing to stand for the national anthem prior to games as his form of a protest. While few denied Kaepernick’s right to express himself as he chooses, his decision rubbed scores of people the wrong way. As such, many have speculated that’s why he remains without a gig for the 2017 season.

As Fox News shares, we can add Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to that list. Reporters continually bring up the subject with other players whenever they can, and Rodgers was one of the latest lucky ones when he was chatting with ESPN. Rodgers was pretty blunt with his assessment of the situation.

"I think he should be on a roster right now," he said. "I think because of his protests, he's not."

As for Kaepernick’s anthem decision, Rodgers acknowledges it’s not something he would do, but he wouldn’t shun anyone that chose to.

"I'm gonna stand because that's the way I feel about the flag - but I'm also 100 percent supportive of my teammates or any fellow players who are choosing not to," he added. "They have a battle for racial equality. That's what they're trying to get a conversation started around.”

That’s a fair point, but critics will quickly point out that the conversation has never ended. In addition, many critics feel that there’s much more productive ways for players to make their voices heard. A popular sentiment that’s been expressed is that refusing to stand for the anthem amounts to a slap in the face to the country as a whole, and it’s unclear exactly how such a move would help someone get a point across.

"I think the best way I can say this is: I don't understand what it's like to be in that situation," Rodgers continued. "What it is to be pulled over, or profiled, or any number of issues that have happened, that Colin was referencing - or any of my teammates have talked to me about."

That’s some interesting food for thought as well, but there’s another side to that argument. While Rodgers and others may not understand the situations the players are upset about, many other folks don’t understand how disrespecting the anthem would help solve it.

As Rodgers sees it, it’s an issue that our nation “needs to remedy and improve,” adding, "But I know it's a real thing my black teammates have to deal with."

That’s fair as well, but that also leads us to one of the larger problems with the argument from anthem protesters. If the idea is to bring attention to issues of racism and problems with law enforcement, how does painting every police officer in the nation with the same brush help to solve that? Can’t that be viewed as being anti-police in general? It can, and therein lies the problem.

There have undoubtedly been problems between members of law enforcement and the communities they serve - but that doesn’t mean there’s problems with each and every police department in communities across the nation. Perhaps it would be more prudent to focus on the ones that there are problems in. There may be a lot of them, but then again, there may not be as many as you think.

Zeroing in on the problem as opposed to generalizing can lead to solutions. It’s unclear how sitting for the national anthem does. The reason that Kaepernick remains without a job isn't entirely clear either. There are rumblings that he’s received feelers about serving as a backup, but he’s balked at playing at a salary less than he’s accustomed to. Perhaps he should spend some time coming to terms with where his skill set is currently at. By doing that, he may be surprised to find a job before he knows it.

Source: Fox News
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