Baltimore Ravens Owner Asks Man Accused of Double Murder Whether He Should Sign Colin Kaepernick

Baltimore Ravens Owner Asks Man Accused of Double Murder Whether He Should Sign Colin Kaepernick


Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Sunday that the team is still weighing its options at quarterback; he mentioned winning, and then he mentioned Colin Kaepernick.

“We do want to win games, and I’m not sure he is going to help us do that,” Bisciotti said of Kaepernick, ESPN reports. “We’re monitoring Joe [Flacco and his back injury]. We’ve talked to Joe about it. We’re monitoring [backup Ryan] Mallett and keeping our door open. We’ve talked about RG3 [Robert Griffin III] and bringing him in for a workout.”

Never mention RG3 and winning in the same sentence. Ever. RG3 is as frail as a playing-card castle in a wind storm. He hasn’t had a good season since he led Washington’s team to a playoff appearance and since then he’s been a shell of his Baylor self. Even he would tell you this.

The idea that RG3 would even be considered before Colin Kaepernick would be laughable if it weren’t true, but that is where we are, folks. When a man protests the killings of unarmed black men, women and children, NFL owners will treat him as badly as someone who actually committed the act. That’s how badly part of America hates black people, and it does it all under the guise of patriotism. Those who have threatened to protest the Ravens, and there have been many, should the team sign Kaepernick believe that his kneeling during the national anthem to protest police killings is a sign of disrespect to America. It isn’t, and it never has been, but this is what America does; it just keeps moving the goal post of faux hatred.

Don’t hate the fact that unarmed people lost their lives, hate the man who is silently protesting their killings. And, get this: Bisciotti consulted Ray Lewis—a man who was not only accused of double murder, but swore his friends to silence after the killings and then lied to police about it—concerning whether the team should sign Kaepernick.

Let’s be clear: Since coming into the NFL, Kaepernick’s biggest NFL issue has been protesting the deaths of unarmed black men, women and children. That’s it. That’s what his kneeling has been about, and it’s sad to see that his football legacy may end because of it.

Of course, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will swear that Kaepernick isn’t being blackballed. But those of us who’ve seen this before know the drill. According to Goodell, this is just about football.

“Those are football decisions that each team has to make. What they think are the right ways to make their football teams better,” said Goodell, ESPN reports. “Those are decisions I don’t get involved with, decisions that rightfully belong with the club.”

Too bad no club is willing to stand beside a man who’s protesting the deaths of unarmed black men, women, and children (I can’t say this enough) yet they will openly stand behind men who’ve been accused and convicted of domestic violence; men who’ve been charged with murder; men who’ve committed assaults. Hell, if I didn’t know any better, I would say the NFL is fine with people killing people, just not with people protesting the deaths.