Three years after NFL team owners closed the doors of their franchises to Colin Kaepernick, the league’s former head of communications who was often in the center of the storm has asserted what many have long suspected: A kneeling Kaepernick was bounced from the NFL in 2017 because he was bad for business.That’s one of the massive takeaways from the column written by CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart, who was the NFL’s vice president of communications when Kaepernick ignited a social justice movement that rippled through teams and shook the league’s ownership ranks.In Lockhart’s own words from a column from early Saturday morning: “No teams wanted to sign a player even one as talented as Kaepernick whom they saw as controversial, and, therefore, bad for business.”That line bears repeating once, twice or a thousand times because it forever puts a spate of intellectually dishonest and long running canards to bed. So let’s stop and shout this for a moment, so everyone in the back can hear it:Colin Kaepernick was not bounced by NFL team owners because of his skill. He was not bounced because of salary demands.
You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeA courageous mum of five has tragically died of Covid 19 after seven weeks spent alone in hospital.Brave Karen Birtwell, 42, suffered asthma since the age of 13.She was rushed to hospital on April 5 due to shortness of breath but her family say they never believed she would be in a life threatening situation.After her condition deteriorated rapidly Karen was put on a ventilator.Get the latest Scottish news sent straight to your inbox with our newslettersHer heartbroken husband Peter, 39, says the deeply traumatic experience was made worse as he was not allowed to visit his wife while she fought for her life in hospital.On the day of her death, Peter was finally allowed to see her but tragically told doctors she was “completely unrecognisable.”Peter, from Burnley near Manchester, told our sister title the Manchester Evening News (MEN): “This entire experience has been so traumatic.”As a family we’re trying to pull together and we’re doing as well as we can, but it’s been hard.”I was allowed to see her on the day she died after seven long weeks. We had to withdraw treatment because she’d gotten so poorly.Read More”But I couldn’t let her die alone.”Not knowing how she was doing all those days was heartbreaking. I just wanted to know how my wife was doing.”She aged about 20 years in those weeks.