NFL Legend Compares ‘Hero’ Colin Kaepernick to ‘Hero’ Pat Tillman, and Twitter Rages
Social media users were incensed at the comparison.
As we approach the the inevitable zenith of this racial-cultural zeitgeist we find ourselves in, there has been plenty of talk about Colin Kaepernick and the end of his career in the NFL.
Kaepernick was a talented football player, no doubt, but was working as a second-string quarterback in San Francisco when he became a household name on account of his anthem-kneeling protests. The move was extremely controversial, and sparked an enormous debate in this country as to what the First Amendment should, could, or would look like in the future.
Soon, Kaepernick would be out of a job, and many believed that the reason for the NFL’s sudden disinterest in him was due to the media melee that ensued during his final season.
With America solidly in the clutches of a racial awakening, some views on Kaepernick are changing. President Trump even lent his support to Colin, saying that he should be given another shot in the NFL…should his abilities be up to snuff.
Now, football legend Brett Favre has made an incredibly bold statement about Kaepernick that has social media buzzing.
In a recent interview with TMZ, the former Packer legend went in-depth on his reasoning for believing that Kaepernick deserves heroic status for his protests and movement.
“It’s not easy for a guy his age — black or white, Hispanic, whatever — to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold, maybe forever, for something that you believe in,” Favre explained.
“I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy that did something similar,” Favre said. “And, we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
Tillman left the NFL to pursue a military career – one that say him killed during a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan in 2004.
Many Twitter users were not fond of the comparison.
WTF DID I JUST READ??
COLIN KAEPERNICK IS A HERO LIKE PAT TILLMAN?
Brett Favre has lost all respect! https://t.co/g6sWWqujU8
— Brandon Tatum (@TheOfficerTatum) June 21, 2020
Brett Favre thinks Colin Kaepernick is a hero like Pat Tillman.
Tillman gave up fame and fortune to serve in the military, and he paid the ultimate price.
Kaep called cops slave catchers, wore pig socks and praised Castro. It's an insulting comparison. https://t.co/uMu4uRazXd
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) June 21, 2020
Pat Tillman turned down millions and died fighting for our country
Colin Kaeprnick has never served our country and gets millions from Nike to wear “cops are pig” socks and disrespect our troops
Can someone tell @BrettFavre to shut the hell up?
— Rogan O’Handley ?? (@DC_Draino) June 22, 2020
Several sports leagues in America have stated that they won’t be requiring athletes to stand for the National Anthem when they return from this COVID-spawned hiatus, which could further popularize the kneeling protests.
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