Richard Sherman Explains Why Kaepernick Is Being Blackballed; Calls Every QB on The Jets Trash
Richard Sherman is done playing games and he’s ready to get to the bottom of this Colin Kaepernick situation.
The Seattle Seahawks cornerback recently sat down with Jarrett Bell of USA Today and had a very candid conversation about Kaepernick. Sherman explained why the free agent quarterback can’t seem to find one squad to take a chance on him, whether it’s backlash from the fans or owners being upset about his National Anthem protest.
“What is it about?” Sherman said. “It’s not about football or color. It’s about, ‘Boy, stay in your place.’”
“Not a lot of guys are willing to step out there,” Sherman added. “So the guys not speaking up for him are doing him a disservice. There should be a lot more guys saying something. Most guys are like, ‘I don’t want my job to end up the same way.’”
Sherman told Bell that Kaepernick would have been a great fit in Seattle, but the Seahawks decided not to sign him. At least the Seahawks didn’t engage in an awkward, clumsy, slow-motion crowdsourcing exercise aimed at determining whether fans and sponsors would revolt before deciding whether to offer him a job.
“For you to say you have to check with sponsors and fans because this guy took a knee and made a statement?” Sherman said regarding the Ravens’ apparently ongoing deliberations. “Now if you told me this guy threw eight pick-sixes last year and played like a bum, had no talent, that’s one thing. But Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett or whoever is playing for the Jets right now — whoever is starting for the Jets is terrible — have jobs. You’re telling me fans would rather you lose and put a worse player out there because a guy took a stand? That’s where it’s so troublesome to me. . . .
“Blake Bortles has shown you enough to where you don’t think Kaep would be a solid fit? Kaep has won games.”
The New York Jets currently bolster an all-star line-up of QB’s that include Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, and Josh McCown (sarcasm, obviously). They won’t even attempt to call Kaepernick, who would improve the team’s quarterback situation within seconds of him signing a contract.
“The funny thing about it, when you’re not being blackballed, you don’t have to say he’s not being blackballed,” Sherman told USA TODAY Sports. “When football’s a safe game, you don’t have to say, ‘Football’s a safe game.’ It seems like the Commissioner always has to say things to justify something.
“But you didn’t even do this with Mike Vick. Vick came back and (eventually) got a $100 million deal.”
“I think it shows the racial divide in the league,” Bennett told USA TODAY Sports. “There are (accused) rapists and drunk drivers in the league. But he’s somebody who didn’t do anything to anybody. But you hear owners say, ‘We have to ask our fan base first.’ But the Giants kept Josh Brown (amid a domestic violence issue). Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of rape twice. The organization didn’t turn their back on him. They gave him a contract extension. Kaepernick didn’t do anything. That’s why racism is the biggest issue in America.”