Shitty quarterbacks are being hired left and right, but Colin Kaepernick still can’t get a job?
Even LeBron James is saying the jig is up. At this point, James thinks that Kap is being blackballed as teams still refuse to add him to their roster.
“I love football, but I’m not part of the NFL,” James told ESPN following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ practice Sunday. “I don’t represent the NFL. I don’t know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing. I do know that. Just watching, he’s an NFL player. He’s an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he’s been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that.”
Kap had signed a six-year, $126 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers in June 2014, after a lackluster season where he only scored threw for one touchdown. He would opt out of his contract the next March and teams have seemingly refused to pick him up ever since.
The King’s admiration for Kap is nothing new— back in September during Cavs media day he said he wished he owned a NFL team so he could sign Kaepernick.
“I’ve commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him,” James continued. “Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn’t see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature… I salute and respect that.”
Kaepernick was recently named GQ’s Citizen of the Year as stars waxed poetic about all he’s done for race relations in sports and beyond. As the 30-year-old former NFL star tries to fight his way into the league, he’s also filed a collusion case against the NFL, saying that all the team in the NFL have conspired to not sign him.
We’d say he’s got a pretty strong case, with there being 42 other quarterbacks signed since he’s been on the market.