Anatomy Of An Arrogant Egoist

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You’ve all heard by now that NFL player Colin Kaepernick recently refused to stand up during the playing of the national anthem before a football game.  He explained his “reasons” as follows:

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.  To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

His team, the San Francisco 49ers, were unwilling to confront or discipline the person with whom they just signed a 6-year, 114 million dollar contract.  They did nothing except issue one of those generic, meaningless strings of verbiage that institutions use when they want to cover their asses:

The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.

So the 49ers tried to make this issue some sort of political one.  Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for his country’s national anthem is cast as a form of protest.

I don’t see it that way.  I think that’s bullshit.  This is nothing but arrogance and immaturity masquerading as “protest.”

Let’s leave aside for a moment Kaepernick’s (false) assertion that the US is systematically oppressing people of color.  It is a lie, but let us leave it aside for the moment.

This is a guy who is a multi-millionaire many times over, a man who sits at the very top of the economic pyramid.  Is he talented at his job?  Sure.  But there are many athletes all over the world who don’t earn a tiny fraction of what he earns.  He got what he got because he’s a US citizen.

And to disrespect one’s country this way is nothing but shocking ingratitude.  It shows bad character.  It shows a man who has no respect for his fellows.  If I were his boss, I would fire him immediately.  No team needs such people.  They are poison, and their self-centered, egoistic poison has a way of infecting others.

All he’s trying to do is justify his egoism and his arrogance.  I’m not buying it.

And the fact that no institution will call him out on it says volumes also.  His own team was too chickenshit to speak the truth.  What they should have said was this:

We are deeply disappointed that Mr. Kaepernick demonstrated such a fundamental lack of respect for his obligations as a citizen.  We find it to be a revealing incident.

We will not be continuing our contractual relationship with Mr. Kaepernick, and wish him the best of luck in his political activist career.

Even President Obama tried to massage away Kaepernick’s inexucusable conduct.  He suggested that it could be some sort of form of protest.

To me, the issue here is one of respect.  It’s not complicated.  It all comes down to common human decency.

It’s like if someone invited you over to their house for dinner and you pissed in the punchbowl. How do you think people would react?

How can we expect young people to show any basic respect for their country, when people like this have such obvious contempt for it?

When you have the chance to earn untold riches, you’re expected to show some fucking respect for the country that made it possible for you and your family to prosper.  You’re expected to be a team player, and stand with your teammates.  You want to be a social activist?  Fine.  Do that shit on your own time.

You’re expected to display some class, some dignity, and some common human decency.  It’s got nothing to do with politics, with issues, or with anything like that.  Don’t justify Kaepernick’s actions by pointing to some political bullshit.  The black activism bullshit is just a pretext to justify his arrogance and egoism.

Because black people are not being institutionally oppressed in the United States in 2016.  That’s bullshit, pure and simple.

This issue is a simple one:  it’s all about respect, and common courtesy for others.

Kaepernick is not a man of good character.  He’s an arrogant egoist.  He thinks the rules that everyone else has to play by are not the same rules he has to play by.

He’s not a team player.  He should be fired immediately.  But no one has the guts to do something like this in 2016.  It’s revealing of the times we live in.

Old-school class acts like Jackie Robinson, Bill Russell, and many others would never have dreamed of doing anything like this.  And those guys sure as hell suffered a lot more than Colin Kaepernick’s spoiled candy ass.  Russell and Robinson lived through actual discrimination, not the fantasy oppression in Kaepernick’s mind.  Those guys knew what oppression and discrimination really was.

The 49ers should get rid of him now, and not ignore a warning sign like this.  A good man doesn’t do this sort of thing.

His actions show him to be an unstable, arrogant, directionless ingrate.

 

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11 thoughts on “Anatomy Of An Arrogant Egoist

  1. If he’s acting this way because he thinks he has his employers over a barrel, consider this …

    Multiple law firms are probably in the process of assisting his employers with finding a suitable pretext that would allow them to terminate the contract.

    Some of those law firms probably play internally by rules you won’t find in a court of law or in an NFL rules manual.

    Some of their professional services people probably have no problem at all with supplying evidence that allows the facts to be bent to support a story that greatly enhances an as-yet-to-be-revealed position that his employers prefer.

    I see this guy going down with something so repellent, so awful, that nobody will employ him again even for a janitor’s job, assuming he doesn’t wind up in prison for life, and it’s going to be so awful that even his friends won’t have his back anymore.

    The paparazzi who break the story with pictures are only going to be the first to make a mint off this guy.

    That’s the classical lesson to be learned here: where there is hubris, there is inevitably a great fall.

    Some justice is best served outside the courts.

    Be patient and wait for an object lesson in how it’s really done.

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  2. If you give people a reason to bitch, in my opinion, they will always 100% use it. Ethical and moral responsibility are out the window in our culture.

    If you’re a criminal who gets shot while robbing a store, blame the cops.

    If you’re a disgusting fat ass, blame “beauty standards”

    If you’re a degenerate piece of shit, blame successful people for keeping you down.

    This guy is a 3rd string QB who couldn’t let his athletic abilities push him to the spotlight. Once again, even if you have the ability to do it of your own accord, once given a reason to give up responsibility, they take it.

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  3. A gay Soccer player Megan Rapinoe has now joined in the “take-a-Knee” bandwagon claiming that gays are also not protected by the United States.
    Under the agree and amplify heading, perhaps disrespected cops, vets who are mistreated by the VA, white males who can’t get a job in academia, and anyone else with a grievance should not stand for the flag. Maybe we should just do away with country, it’s symbols, laws, and all it stands for.
    Let’s see who survives the longest.

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  4. I won’t be watching the NFL opener tomorrow night, or for the foreseeable future. I’ve come to realize that my support of the league is a tacit for of approval. People like Kaepernick feel empowered because there is no price to pay, no repercussions for their actions. So they can continue to turn the gridiron into a social justice twitter feed.

    Enough is enough.

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  5. When a country takes a FLAG as a symbol to which we pledge allegiance rather than to our Constitution we engage in idols…….The American flag around the world represent murder and mayhem.
    When our Constitution, STILL TODAY, lists people of color as 3/5th of a human being that Constitution does not demand my respect. It constitutes institutional racism that come from the top.
    Requiring students to daily pledge allegiance to a flag is what the North Koreans do to indoctrinate their children. Our national anthem is a war anthem, ts second stanza talks promotes slavery.
    Keeping American uninformed by design may benefit the elite but it is coming home to roost.
    As a pink women, blond and blue eyed I reach out my hand to Colin Kaepernick in solidarity and hope that he can forgive the American irgnorance in their arrogance.
    Flagging in Europe is severely frowned upon as it is reminiscent of Nazi Germany. So this obsession with a flag is seen in Europe as a nationalism which they consider dangerous. Since the world is getting smaller it behooves Americans to consider how the rest of the world see our actions.
    I find the article offensive and ignorant. It has nothing to do with how much Mr. Kaepermick earns. He has every right to protest how he and his people are discriminated against on a daily bases and have been for years.

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    • I actually find your comment offensive and ignorant. Looks like you missed the entire point of the article. My criticism is about his lack of respect for his peers and for the society that gave him what he has. He owes that to his society. It has nothing to do with “foreign policy” or “the flag” or anything similar.

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    • The only people being discriminated against are the whites being excluded from jobs and education due to affirmative action and then having to pay sky-high property taxes to support expensive, overused police and fire services in American ghettos filled with individuals that average an 85 IQ and are dominated in productivity by first generation immigrants from the third-world.

      I’m curious — if America is so bad for black people — what country is better?

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  6. I don´t know, this paper could have written about Ali. The truth is that there is a tradition of black athletes doing this sort of thigs. The flag is a symbol,and is black people think that the goverment opress them, it is normal that they don´t sing the athem

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