PIERS MORGAN: Kaepernick won’t stand for the flag but he’ll bow down to the Nike dollar? So much for ‘sacrificing everything’

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
By Paul Martin

4 September 2018

‘Believe in something, even it means sacrificing everything.’

Those are the words emblazoned across NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s face in Nike’s new campaign to mark 30 years of its ‘Just Do It’ advertising slogan.

‘Sacrifice’ is a big word, meaning ‘to give up something that is valuable to you in order to help another person’.

‘Everything’ is an even bigger word, meaning ‘all that exists’.

So to sacrifice everything is a major undertaking.

Until today, I believed Kaepernick had indeed sacrificed everything in his professional life to make a stand for what be believes in – which is shining a light on racial injustice in America and police violence against African-Americans.

Since launching his protest, he has become the most divisive and polarising sportsman in America.

And it’s cost him.

For a start, he’s not playing football.

In March last year, Kaepernick opted out of his 7-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers and went unsigned through the off-season, leading to allegations he was being deliberately blackballed because of his political stance.

Some critics though, like his fellow quarterback Michael Vick, said it was because Kaepernick’s on-field performance had declined at the same rate his off-field profile rose.

Kaepernick refutes this and has filed a grievance against the NFL alleging owners had colluded to keep him out of the league. His case is due to go to trial later this year.

What’s indisputable is that Kaepernick is currently unemployed, and that he has lost a lot of money in salary and endorsements since starting his protest.

How much exactly? It’s hard to say, but estimates suggest anywhere from $30-60 million.

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