Some NFL Teams Now Blaming Kaepernick’s Being a Vegan on Why He Doesn’t Have a Job
Most people can look at what former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick did last year—when he kneeled in protest during the playing of the National Anthem—as a huge reason as to why he’s jobless right now. Then there are others who seem to be making excuses to deflect from the real reason.
The latest silly excuse? Kaepernick is a vegan and teams are scared.
At season’s end, Colin Kaepernick stated he was fully committed to football. But some teams are unconvinced and wonder about his vegan diet.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) March 31, 2017
Coming off three offseason surgeries, Kaepernick’s physical appearance was a shock to many as he looked extremely frail compared to years past, but he had a plan.
“Eat food,” Kaepernick said last September, “and a lot of it.”
Many NFL athletes have done this same diet and it’s worked out perfectly, as the Washington Post explains:
“Bulking up without protein-rich meats and other animal products might be difficult, but it’s been done before by much larger men than Kaepernick. In 2014, 6-foot-5, 300-pound defensive lineman David Carter went vegan after years of suffering from high blood pressure, nerve damage and tendinitis. He lost 40 pounds over the first month but, more importantly, those ailments disappeared after dropping animal products from his diet, Carter told NFL.com in September, and he still got lots of protein from beans, peas and peanuts.
“Socially, it kind of isolates you,” said Carter, who is now retired and travels the country advocating for veganism. “Football is a machismo sport, which is great, but everything can’t be machismo. On the field and at practice, yes, you can be machismo, but when it comes to diet, you need to have compassion for your body.”
A more apt comparison to Kaepernick is Griff Whalen, a 6-1, 185-pound vegan wideout and kick returner who spent last season with the Chargers and Patriots (he’s currently a free agent). He said that his teammates have been more curious than anything else.
“They see my plate and it kind of triggers a thought,” Whalen told NFL.com in the article linked above. “They’ll ask questions about it. I would suggest to anybody, but I don’t go out of my way to do it, especially with an NFL team. They have a special nutritionist. That’s not my job.”