Spike Lee On NFL’s Treatment Of Colin Kaepernick: ‘Skullduggery And BS’

Spike Lee On NFL’s Treatment Of Colin Kaepernick: ‘Skullduggery And BS’
  • Tanya Ray Fox

Colin Kaepernick does not have an NFL job, and there is only one explanation for that. Whether you like him or not – or whether you agree with his politics or not – Kaepernick should¬†absolutely be a starting quarterback in 2017. The fact that he’s not has nothing to do with his difficulties last season on the field and everything to do with his controversial choice to protest on the sidelines.

It’s been noted all off-season how desperately many teams need a starting quarterback this season, and how unlikely it is that they will be able to fill that need through the draft – which is weak in terms of QB options. That desperation is perhaps best highlighted by the Chicago Bears giving Mike Glennon a three-year contract worth¬†$45,000,000 to be their starting QB despite the fact that his 18 NFL starts have been sub-par on a good day.

If 27-year-old Glennon and his one-season’s worth of starts are worth $15 million a year then 29-year-old Kaepernick and his 58 starts and 6 playoff games for damn sure are. Here are their regular season career stats side-by-side:

Via Pro Football Reference

Meanwhile, teams like the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and others are also looking for their solution at the position – and none of them are looking Kaepernick’s way. Simply put: he is being punished. Unless the NFL knows something about him that the rest of us don’t, it’s his political stance that has put him on the outs with the league.

Could it be that a league that regularly employs criminals won’t sign Kaepernick because he’s a distraction?

Probably. Of course Spike Lee explained the situation with a lot more, ahem, flair:

Subterfuge, skullduggery and bullshit INDEED.

Tanya Ray Fox

Tanya Ray Fox is a sportswriter and producer who has worked for nearly 7 years in both digital and television sports media. She has previously worked in TV production experience for Comcast SportsNet New England, NFL Network and Time Warner Cable Sports. In addition to her work for SportsGrid and appearances on the affiliated FNTSY Sports Network, she is also a contributor for USA Today's Rams Wire.