The week has been full of heated arguments about the former San Fransisco QB and current free agent’s hair style. A lot of people think that he needs to cut his hair and to regain a starting QB position or even to be picked up for a team. But is the hair the real issue here? A lot of people see him cutting his hair as conforming to “white owners” and essentially alienating himself.
Michael Vick, who was charged with Tax evasion and dog fighting while he was with the Atlanta Falcons seems to think that he needs to cut his hair and go clean cut to get a QB job somewhere within the league. But really is that the issue? Since Colin started taking a knee during the National Anthem before games for a reason he felt personally responsible to take a stand for, he has been blasted from everyone including myself.
I couldn’t believe an individual that was being payed to play a sport and I was overseas away from my family not even making a fraction of his check for a game, was infuriated about his actions and refused to watch him or any other player that took a knee. It was a sign of disrespect to the Military and those sacrificing time away from their families for a higher cause, college tuition, or U.S. Citizenship for a vast majority. Here these people were using a platform that we used to get away from the bombs and long hours and poor internet to make a political statement.
Colin’s hair is not the issue, and he can get a starting job somewhere if he truly wants to. His hair is apart of his character. Once I learned and understood more about what his reasoning were, I understood but still don’t agree with the platform or method he went about addressing the Social injustice that is going on in America. Colin really should have chosen a different platform to take this stand, but he definitely got everyone’s attention.
Football is used to escape the day to day rhetoric and stress that many have during the week and look forward to watching on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. Political statements should be done throughout the week. Colin could have addressed this issue with local government leaders and been able to really shed more light to the situation and would have garnered more support for his cause. Getting to the brass tacks of the issue is that many owners feel that Colin Kaepernick will be a liability to their organization and could be infectious to the locker room. They see him as bring undo attention to an organization and this could cause serious issues within the locker room and all the off the field antics would affect the performance.
What should Colin do some ask? In my opinion he needs to rebrand himself and show the owners that he is not a liability or infectious to a locker room. He needs to take his actions on the field that infuriated millions and start interacting with the local government and bring some light and assist. There is no progress to be made by pointing the finger and continuously creating a divide that was evident so many years ago. Those years aren’t forgotten by anyone, but many are trying to figure a way to move forward and evolve from the past and ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
Rebranding himself does not mean that he has to change his hairstyle one bit or change his goal of bringing social injustice to the forefront. Rebranding would be him showing that he is educating himself or getting assistance to address the issue in a more aggressive manner that would get faster results. By faster I mean, spending more time throughout the week working for his goals while he can focus on football and getting back on the field if he really wants to play again. This type of action would show owners he has learned and evolved and more focused than ever on the issue and still able to focus on football. A lot of athletes has foundations setup for various reasons and causes and Colin is no exception to this. He just needs the right team to help him with this process and understand that not everyone is against him. He just really needs to approach the topic at a different angle. But to blame him not getting picked up by a team because of his hair style is absolutely ridiculous.
To be continued………