Skip Bayless Says Trent Dilfer Has a ‘Plantation Mentality’ Toward Colin Kaepernick
ESPN’s Trent Dilfer caught a bunch of criticism when he stated that San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick needs to keep quiet as a back-up QB should—in response to his drawing attention to himself with his National Anthem protest.
“No matter how passionate you are, no matter how much of a burden you have for a social issue, you don’t let it get in the way of the team. And the big thing that hit me through all this is, this is a backup QB whose job is to be quiet and sit in the shadows and get the starter ready to play in Week 1.”
“Yet he chose a time when, all of a sudden, he became the center of attention. And it has disrupted that organization. It has caused friction. It has torn at the fabric of the team. Although I respect what he’s doing, and I respect the passion and burden he has for this issue, a massive issue, I do not respect the fact that he put himself and his stance above his team, because he’s not the only one that’s passionate about big social issues.”
Fox Sports 1’s Skip Bayless accused Dilfer of being “clueless” and adopting a “plantation mentality” toward Colin Kaepernick. Bayless had this to say about Dilfer’s comments:
“Let’s get back to Trent Dilfer. That was typical old school quarterback mentality that you just spoke of. That was so typical. Dispassionate. Disconnected to the point of being clueless. Sort of ex-white quarterback mentality. This is how you do it. You should be thankful and you should be honored to be in the NFL quarterback fraternity. So if you’re a starter, you can speak out a little more. But if you’re a backup, to use your line again, and it’s my favorite line, you are to be seen and not heard. You are to prepare for the game and be ready to play in case of. And you are to remain in the shadows so as not to distract or disturb or wreck your team unity. …Obviously, I’m not black. But this is one thing I do know after years and years of working with a lot of black players and black commentators on many networks: That if you go to the place of you’re telling a black man, or a black woman, that ‘You should know your place and stay in it,’ when you get to there, them’s fighting words. That smacks of plantation mentality. You cannot go there — and he went there. Because no matter what you’re trying to say in the football context, we’re not in the football context any more. We have risen above it to an issue that is far more important than any football game.”
This is what Colin Kaepernick had to say about Dilfer’s comments:
“I think that’s one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve heard. The fact that you say, ‘You’re a backup quarterback, stay in your place’ … that’s an issue. To me, you’re telling me that my position as a backup quarterback and being quiet is more important than peoples’ lives,” said Kaepernick who was booed while taking the field before the 49ers’ 28-0 home victory over the Rams. “I would ask him to really have a conversation with the families of people that have been murdered and see if he still feels that way, because I’d bet you he doesn’t, just because he hasn’t experienced that type of oppression.”
ESPN has declined to comment about what their former employee had to say about a current one. We might need to get used to this war of words between ESPN & Fox Sports as Fox has taken in a bunch of former ESPN talent over the years.