Top 10 Ways the NFL is Not Like Slavery
Or, the alternate title, Colin Kaepernick Does Not Love Football (Part V). Why am I so bent out of shape about Colin Kaepernick? He, again, claims the NFL is like slavery in his new movie Colin: In Black and White.
Don't get me wrong, the NFL treats its athletes badly, but to say NFL players are slaves is absurd. Real slavery in sports is reserved for the poor migrant workers who helped build the stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
Since Kaepernick is apparently confused, or maybe just uneducated, here's the 10 differences between NFL Players and Slaves.
10. You get paid.
No slave, IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, was paid millions of dollars.
9. You can't just quit slavery.
Andrew Luck made over $100,000,000 in his NFL career and then just quit football.
No slave, IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, just quits slavery.
8. Injury reports.
If you are injured in the NFL, you either go on the injured list, and get paid, or you get cut and get a medical settlement. Slaves are not paid while injured.
7. College graduates do not pick slavery as their profession.
The NFL drafted Kaepernick straight from the University of Nevada. After setting many offensive records for the Wolfpack football team, some of which still stand today, Kaepernick got his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. Slaves do not pick slavery over high paying white collar jobs.
6. White Slaves
Kaepernick's special is called In Black and White. If you follow his premise as to why he's a slave, that would mean that, by his definition, 30-some% of the league would be defined as White Slaves.
I am confident Kaepernick doesn't not consider White multi-millionaires like the Browns' Joe Thomas as slaves.
5. What the NFL is, is a monopoly.
If you want to make a million dollars in soccer, you can play in 1 of dozens of leagues.
If you want to make a million dollars in baseball, you can play in 1 of 3 or 4 leauges.
If you want to make a million dollars in basketball, you can play in 1 of 3 or 4 leagues.
If you want to make a million dollars in hockey, you can play in 1 of 3 or 4 leagues.
If you want to make a million dollars in football, you can only really play in the NFL.
(Average CFL salary? $60,000 Canadian.)
Working in a business that is a monopoly in not the same as slavery.
(That should have been reviewed in Business Class.)
4. Slaves can't market their image.
Right now, today, Colin Kaepernick is marketing the hell out of the Kaepernick Brand. You know how much money the 49'ers get for that jersey below, now on sale at the Nike Shop?
One of the greatest athletes of the 19th Century was Bill Richmond. He was a real slave. Note the differences in his story and the story that Colin Kaepernick is selling you.
2. Slaves and Masters are not neighbors.
Between the years 2014-2017, at the end of his playing days with the 49'ers, Kaepernick lived in Silver Creek Neighborhood of San Jose California. Demographics of Silver Creek? 1% Black.
Where does Kaepernick live today? Surprisingly, the internet was not very helpful in that search.
1. No one sues, in Federal Court, TO BECOME A SLAVE AGAIN.
Colin Kaepernick (and Eric Reid) sued the NFL for collusion and received a cash settlement in 2019.
This part is specifically for Colin Kaepernick himself.
I don't believe for a second the leaked details of the settlement in 2019. If the NFL leaked the details, you would sue the league. That means the leaked details reported in the Wall Street Journal came from you or your marketing team.
I don't believe for a second the leaked amount of the settlement in 2019. I challenge you to allow the NFL to open the non disclosure agreement.