If there’s one thing I live for, it’s football season, especially college. Saturday night I was enjoying a fantastic game between Charleston Southern University and North Dakota State University. The game went into overtime and ended with the Bison of NDSU winning 24-17. However, as I watched this thrilling game, it was an item on the ESPN news ticker that disturbed me — to which I see a need to respond to this “teachable moment.” As we reported yesterday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem in Friday’s pre-season game against Green Bay because he was protesting “black oppression” in the United States. The Niners went on to lose. The NFL issued
It is still undetermined whether Colin Kaepernick will recapture the magic that he possessed during his first season as a starting NFL quarterback in 2012, when he came off the bench and led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl. Since then, his career has been derailed by injuries, ineffectiveness and organizational upheaval. As a man of purpose, though, Kaepernick is suddenly a bigger impact player than he’s ever been. With his bold statement of protesting racial inequalities — and specifically police brutality against African-Americans in America — Kaepernick has undoubtedly raised the stakes when it comes to social activism by high-profile athletes. His one-man protest on Friday night,
The San Diego Chargers and first-round defensive end Joey Bosa finally have come to terms. San Diego announced on Monday that it signed the third overall pick of the 2016 draft to a four-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed for Bosa, who was the last pick of the draft to sign after a lengthy impasse stemming from offset language and the timing of his signing bonus payments.