San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is once again making headlines, because apparently, ticking off an overwhelming majority of patriotic Americans once in a week simply isn’t enough.Kaepernick, of course, thrust himself into the limelight after refusing to stand for the National Anthem last Friday, citing a fight against oppression as his reason for (in)action.
Now, it seems some photographs have surfaced from training camp practices showing Kaepernick sporting some offensive anti-cop socks. Needless to say, it’s not sitting too well with many police officers.According to USA Today, The executive director of one of the largest police organizations in the country blasted Colin Kaepernick and the NFL on Thursday after learning that during training camp practices in August, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback wore socks that bear the image of cartoon pigs wearing police hats.
“It’s just ridiculous that the same league that prohibits the Dallas (Cowboys) football club from honoring the slain officers in their community with their uniforms stands silent when Kaepernick is dishonoring police officers with what he’s wearing on the field,” Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations (a coalition of police unions and associations from across the country), told USA TODAY Sports.
(The Cowboys’ plan to use a helmet decal as a tribute to the five police officers killed in July’s sniper attack was denied by the NFL, according to a published report.)“I think the league is in a downward spiral regarding their obligations to the public under (Commissioner) Roger Goodell,” added Johnson, “and this is just another example of that.”
However Kaepernick posted an explanation on Instagram later Thursday. It read: “I wore those socks, in the past, because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust. I have two uncles and friends who are police officers and work to protect and serve ALL people. So before those socks, which were worn before I took my public stance, are used to distract from the real issues, I wanted to address this immediately.”
Johnson, whose organization represents more than 240,000 active law enforcement officers, said Kaepernick’s decision to wear the socks is not only “disrespectful” but also ignorant.“It doesn’t seem like he’s thought through or bothered to educate himself about the way (law enforcement officers) are out there trying to do a very difficult job, and the vast majority of the time get the job done right,” Johnson said.
No matter how you slice it, Kaepernick’s actions are incredibly disrespectful to the men and women in blue who defend our communities on a daily basis.And, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations Bill Johnson points out, the NFL too is showing its true colors in prohibiting displays honoring our nation’s police officers while allowing shameful shows of disrespect.
As we continue to see, sometimes inaction speaks as loudly as any action.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]