By the time that he took the playing field in San Diego, Colin Kaepernick was the most hated man in America. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback was resoundingly booed by the crowd in the most pro-military town in the NFL on Thursday. While Kaepernick continues to face the fallout over his disdain for the flag and national anthem he may have bigger problems than just thumbing his nose at America. It seems like law enforcement professionals aren’t exactly pleased with a particular item in his wardrobe – those cops as pigs socks that he was observed wearing in practice.
The executive director of one of the largest police organizations in the country blasted Colin Kaepernick and the NFL on Thursday after learning that during training camp practices in August, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback wore socks that bear the image of cartoon pigs wearing police hats.
“It’s just ridiculous that the same league that prohibits the Dallas (Cowboys) football club from honoring the slain officers in their community with their uniforms stands silent when Kaepernick is dishonoring police officers with what he’s wearing on the field,” Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations (a coalition of police unions and associations from across the country), told USA TODAY Sports.
“I think the league is in a downward spiral regarding their obligations to the public under (Commissioner) Roger Goodell,” added Johnson, “and this is just another example of that.”
The NFL chose not to provide an official response until the league office had consulted the 49ers, who play the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night in their final preseason game.
By blaming the NFL itself for the conduct of a player the controversy goes to another level.
Mr. Johnson makes an excellent point in pointing out the NFL’s double standard in that the Cowboys were prohibited from paying tribute to Dallas cops murdered by a militant black racist while a player prances around in pig socks. It’s the last thing that NFL commish Roger Goodell needed as the league prepares to launch the 2016 season.
As for Kaepernick, it’s yet unknown whether he will be a 49er when the team opens the season next Monday night. It’s one thing to disrespect the country but there is wiggle room that it’s his right (although he was on the job at the time) but the socks are just so in-your-face that there is no question of their meaning. Kaepernick is a cop hater and a police boycott of games and merchandise will hit the NFL in the one place that it truly cares about – the pocket book.