Willing to cut hair for NFL job?
At this point, we all know about Colin Kaepernick’s story. Whether you like him or not, he took a knee last year during the National Anthem to show his stance on what was happening to African American’s in society. Even if you didn’t agree with him taking a knee, you should respect the meaning behind it. But due to Colin’s stance, it seems like he has been blacked balled by the NFL. He still has not received a job with any team. We know that he is qualified to at least be a backup in the NFL, but what would it take for a team to give him a chance at this point? On Monday, former NFL player Michael Vick, weighed in on his thoughts on what Colin Kaepernick should do to get himself back into the NFL. Vick was on Fox Sports One’s show, “Speak for Yourself”, and he had this is what he had to say:
“First thing we’ve got to get Colin to do is cut his hair. Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct. Even if he puts cornrows in there. I don’t think he should represent himself in that way in terms of just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut. You know why not? You’re already dealing with a lot of controversy surrounding this issue. The most important thing that he needs to do is just try to be presentable.”
As expected, people went absolutely crazy over Vick’s comments. A lot of people agree with Vick, but most did not. They thought what he said was somewhat racist, and that Kaepernick shouldn’t have to change who he is to play in the NFL. I agree that Colin shouldn’t have to change a damn thing.
- Kaepernick’s hair is the least of his problems. Yes, it makes him stand out, but it doesn’t prevent him from putting his helmet on. Troy Polamalu, Clay Matthews and Odell Beckham JR., not only have long hair, but all 3 of them had their hair insured by cosmetic companies. Not once did the NFL tell them to cut their hair. Nor should Colin have to or anyone else.
- When going for a job interview, it is very important to look your best. Except when you already played for your employer. Kaepernick has been growing out for the last 2 years and not once was it a problem before. In a league where you wear a helmet all day long, it really doesn’t matter what the hell is growing under it. The only thing that should matter is what he does on the field.
- Last but not least, Kaepernick is his own man. No one should tell you to cut your hair or change the way you are. Granted, I do believe you should present yourself the best way you can, but no one else should decide, what your best is. Michael Vick cut his hair when he got out of prison for killing dogs. Does Kaepernick really need to cut his hair for standing up for human rights?
I don’t think Michael Vick meant anything bad by his comments, but it came off as a little racist. Colin Kaepernick is not a criminal. His image is a lot better than most in the NFL. He hasn’t done anything wrong, but help people. For Vick to imply, that the only way for Kaepernick to get a job in the NFL, is to appeal to what owners want to see of him, is very stereotypical of the situation. Everyone is going to have their opinions and thoughts on why Kaepernick is no longer in the NFL, but the reality is, if they wanted him there, he would be there. Whether it’s his image, his protest, or his play on the field, Colin’s NFL career, is most likely over. Long Hair or not, Colin Kaepernick shouldn’t be banned from the NFL because of his image. Especially in a league where they allow people to continue to play after being charged with actual criminal convictions.
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