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B/R NFL National Lead Writer Mike Freeman previously was an NFL columnist for CBSSports.com. He has been a sportswriter for the New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post, among other papers. His books include "ESPN: The Uncensored History" (2001) and last year's "Undefeated: Inside the Miami Dolphins' Perfect Season."
Mike,I dont get this beating up on Newton for saying something off the wall.I have a wife,2 daughter in laws and 2 daughters.If he said that to any one of them they would have given it right back to him and settle it right there.Instead she runs to social media and gangs up on him.If she had nailed him everyone could have a great time laughing about how a female reporter shut him down.
Awaiting with bated breath to see you react to Cam's comment to that female reporter yesterday. I can imagine a bitch like yourself could've been offended by it.
Well enough is enough. No more NFL for me and I hope no more anthem as well.
Bad news for the NFL. Their arrogance will catch up with them. This country will be suffering from the division of the cultures. A house divided......
I've seen Kaepernick make your column numerous times recently, and I can't help but have a couple questions. Basically, I can't figure out why he has drawn so much support. I don't have a problem with him taking a knee to protest oppression - hell, I agreed with him then. Unfortunately, he kept going.
Since he first made the news for his protest, it's mostly been a disaster. He wore the socks depicting officers as pigs, which is ignorant from any angle. I don't hold a ton of fondness for cops, but I at least understand you probably shouldn't dehumanize them if your goal is for police to stop dehumanizing others.
Then, he not only announced he did not vote, but doubled down, several times, on that being a good idea. He said he didn't care about the outcome, and later, that it would be hypocritical for him to vote, because it supported a system he disliked, and that system would never let the oppressed vote their way out. Sounds like a major F**K you to all the people who fought for voting rights over the years. Maybe he just doesn't have much concept of history. What would any civil rights leader say about that, past or present? If he got blackballed for this "political position," I'd be fine with it.
If you want to be a leader, to enact change in this country, it absolutely cannot be your view. Unless you don't care whether or not any change actually happens. Maybe he's not aware that president wasn't the only office up for grabs, and he could have a direct impact on policing by casting a vote for county sheriff.
Frankly, he seems way out of his depth. I mean, he argued that Fidel Castro is a good guy... to a Cuban-American, in Miami. Seems to further indicate he doesn't have a grasp of history, or his audience. Again, kind of a problem for someone casting themselves as a leader.
So maybe the question is this - why do you keep portraying Kaepernick as some sort of political martyr? As if he has been unfairly treated, because teams don't think his ability (average at best) is worth, well, all of the above? I don't get it.
I hardly expect you to read this, or reply, but on the off chance you do, thanks for taking the time.
It's also disgraceful that you're still employed as a sports writer. Any woman that watches the game could write more articulate articles than you.
Mike...I appreciate the your take, but consider this...every freaking day, we're hit over the head with politics. This guy said this, Trump said that, you suck if you believe this...on and on from every direction. Then Sunday comes along, time to escape a bit, cheer for my team and here's this jack-hole forcing his views on me. Dude, I just want to watch a game...quit putting issues in my face that I have nothing to do with. I get it...we Americans can improve in a lot of areas... but can't I just watch some football??? That's why he can't find a team...let me throw in the fact I'm still serving in the US Army and don't appreciate his style of protest...btw, why doesn't he head out to a COLLEGE and hand out suits?
Hey Mike -- I read and appreciated your May 12 column on Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick is a talented football player who should have a job in the NFL, if not for his social activism. What Kaepernick did in taking a knee during the anthem was very brave on his part -- he was making a statement intended to help others, exercising completely American values of speaking out against injustice. I agree completely with the message Kaepernick was sending. Kaepernick crossed a line that Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan were not willing to cross. Both of them could have taken perfectly justifiable political positions that would have jeopardized their standing in golf and basketball, but they chose not to. Give Kaepernick credit for bravery. So ... why doesn't Kaepernick have an NFL job right now? First, he committed an unforgivable sin in the eyes of the owners: he used their stadiums and their TV time to make a personal political statement. In effect, he stole from them something from the NFL that was not his. Second, NFL owners are using Kaepernick to send a message to all of the other players that, if they consider using NFL property to make political statements, the price for that will be very, very high. Third, NFL owners are afraid of the political and economic consequences of putting Kaepernick back on the field. Right-wing crazies will start talking boycott, and their TV partners will start facing pressure as well. Maybe FCC trouble too, especially now that Trump is using Kaepernick as a political prop. I bet that quite a few people -- owners included -- in the NFL agree with Kaepernick that blacks suffer grave injustices in the United States. What's done is done. I don't see Kaepernick coming back to the NFL. He should go to Canada and make as much money as he can up there. He won't be somebody's political prop and he might become a very big star. Doug Flutie?
I don't think anybody should be subjected to being beaten. The NFL nor the media have ever been my moral compass. Play the games and report the news of the games and stay away from trying to influence our ethics.
Mike, I read your article about the Browns' futility. No question you are correct. The only thing I want to point out is when you reference their pre-Super Bowl history, you are referring to a different franchise that is now the Baltimore Ravens. The current Browns franchise is a new franchise with no positive history and poor ownership, leadership, and understanding of how to create a winner.