The Cover Story May Not Be What You Want
The magazine GQ has named the former 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, its "Citizen of the Year" for starting the protest that became a movement in the NFL.
Unfortunately, he has “…been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL -- all because he took a knee to protest police brutality," GQ wrote in a news release about the cover. ‘Colin Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson -- athletes who risked everything to make a difference.’"
Sounds good – doesn’t it? But consider who GQ has had on the cover of their magazine lately… Does Colin deserve to be associated with the recently news of Kevin Spacy and Louis C.K. on the cover of the last few issues?
Or did GQ just inadvertently, subliminally, admit that the men on their covers are simply to sell magazines, without a true concern for their cause and effect?
I don’t like what has happened to Colin. But I also think the players need to move on, stop kneeling, and find another path to highlight the social iniquities. But for the NFL to push Colin out because of what he believes? That is also wrong. So why did they do it? I think it was because it is easier. Push the problem under the AstroTurf. I think they figured if they got rid of him, the problem would also leave. Oops. They didn’t think that one through.