John Mara just gave the entire world a peek into the minds of the overwhelming majority of NFL owners.
And now why we know why Colin Kaepernick’s career is all but over, unless the Seattle Seahawks, his last potential suitor, sign him later on this offseason.
When asked about Kaepernick’s protest, these were his words.
“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue. ‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game.’ It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into.”
Where I’m from, we call that “dry-snitching.” It means that you’re telling on yourself, or people you know, without even realizing you’re doing it at the moment.
And Mara just let us know that the reason the Giants, and almost every other team in the league, hasn’t considered signing Kaepernick is because they didn’t agree with his silent, and non-violent, protest and don’t care about his talent or football resume.
(Side note: Kaepernick has said that he will stand for the national anthem from here on out.)
How do I know that this is so?
Because this offseason guys like Matt Barkley, Chase Daniel, Case Keenum, Blaine Gabbert and every other mediocre, at best, quarterback has been able to find a job.
Even Mark Sanchez found a job: Mr. Butt-Fumble.
But somehow, Colin Kaepernick, a guy with explosive legs and a rocket arm was future of the league just a few short years ago, is at home waiting for his phone to ring, all because he decided to kneel during a song that has a third stanza in it that denounces former slaves that jump shipped to fight for the British army that promised them freedom.
But back to “football.”
Kaepernick’s style of play never fit with the Giants’ offensive scheme. And to be honest, that’s all Mara had to say. But he decided to dry-snitch.
Mara is the owner of the team that kept Josh Brown on the roster after knowing he had been arrested for domestic violence. He then signed him to a new two-year deal worth more money despite knowing of other abusive acts by Brown against his wife. Mara didn’t cut Brown until there was an outcry from the media and the public. Which tells me he only did the right thing when there was a chance it could hurt the franchise financially.
Mara and some fans have already shown us their true colors. Because at the center of this entire Kaepernick situation is the one issue that people in this country love to devalue, instead of addressing: race.
A black man, that plays a game that is predominately made up of black players, decided to silently protest an anthem that belittled his ancestors in a protest against police brutality, in stadiums that are filled with fans that still, to this day, don’t care about black lives, unless they’re running, jumping or scoring touchdowns.
Fans letters didn’t overwhelm Mara when Josh Brown was hitting his wife, but they sure did when a black man knelt in protest against police brutality.
Some things are very black and white, and this is one of those situations that is literally, “black and white.”
This peek behind the veil of what goes on between the NFL and its owners is downright scary. Mara showed us what really moves him, and the majority of the other owners. It isn’t domestic violence or “off-field issues,” it’s money. And fans showed us they’ll put up with domestic violence, drunk driving, and a host of other lawless behaviors, but if you don’t stand for the national anthem, THAT is going too far.
Some say that the NFL stands for the “No Fun League,” but I’m starting to think that it may stand for the “No Fs League.”
At some point, we’ve got to start questioning if the league and its owners care about anything besides themselves. And if fans are only concerned with the mild-mannered, well-spoken and “patriotic” players that can get them the most fantasy points every week.