President Donald Trump has promised jobs for all during his presidency — well not quite all.
Pres. Trump took a victory lap on Monday over blocking free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s ability to find gainful employment in 2017, as he spoke in Louisville, Kentucky.
“There was an article today, it was reported, that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump, do you believe that?” Trump said, via the Washington Post.
“I said if I remember that one, I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky, because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag, right?”
Pres. Trump’s statement actually belies the fact that Kaepernick announced the end of his silent protest and will stand for the national anthem next season, provided his job isn’t outsourced to the Mike Glennon’s of the world.
According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, employment options remain slim for the man, who was once a single throw away from Super Bowl glory.
In the same report that Pres. Trump likely cited, Freeman described exactly how the President of the United States has affected the market for an NFL quarterback.
“First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play,” an unknown AFC general manger told Freeman. “They think he’s shot. I’d put that number around 20 percent.
“Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.”
The same general manager believes the quarterback can still play at a high level, despite NFL resistance.
The dichotomy between Kaepernick and a sitting U.S. President provides an intriguing lesson in power dynamics. While one uses his sway as political capital, the other must distance himself from any political capital altogether to appease his potential bosses; although, it hasn’t entirely stopped his pursuit of fostering change.
As Colin Kaepernick waits for a job opportunity, he continues to donate to charity. His latest includes $50K for Meals on Wheels pic.twitter.com/j5ERyWpSz2
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2017
Pres. Trump has taken heavy criticism for budget cuts that stifle many social programs, chief among them, the “Meals on Wheels” program.
While the president takes public shots through words, Kaepernick sends his political statements in private with dollars. It would seem Kaepernick continues to subscribe to the theory from the great philosopher-poet Lil’ Wayne which states, “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna.”
Still, that silence hasn’t bought Kaepernick any goodwill with potential employers, as of yet. And even non-verbal responses may be viewed as headline-grabbing and attention-seeking i.e. an excuse NFL teams can use to keep the outspoken quarterback off the field.
NFL teams do so hate “distractions.”
And, as he is wont to do, Pres. Trump will continue to revel in the destruction of any opponent — political or otherwise.