Kaepernick Called ‘Very Patriotic’ by NBA Coach
NBA coach of the San Antonia Spurs Gregg Popovich was recently quoted calling ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick “very patriotic,” when discussing what it meant to be patriotic with ESPN.
Popovich said, “Patriotism means a lot of things to different people. There are people who are truly committed in that sense and people who are fake.” He went on to speak about examples of both saying that “because someone hugs a flag doesn’t mean they’re patriotic,” and that instances that are similar or “the show of patriotism I think is a bit inappropriate and that is not something that I think we want to emulate.” And he added, “Being a patriot is somebody that respects their country and understands that the best thing about our country is that we have the ability to fix things that have not come to fruition for a lot of people so far.
We can all agree with that to some degree. There are people who put on a great show of being overly patriotic in rather silly ways. And then there are those who show they are true patriots by standing up for what they believe in to make our nation a greater place.
Being for our country is to give it the utmost respect, even when not everything is perfect, and to take strides to right those wrongs. Thankfully, our nation was built on the freedom to speak out against the things we don’t think are good for our country or its citizens, and yes, that is one of the best things about America.
However, what the coach says next is a little harder to digest.
As an example of a great patriot or at least a patriotic act, he incites Kaepernick.
“Like a Kaepernick. That was a very patriotic thing he did. He cared about his country enough to fix some things that were obvious, that everybody knows about but does nothing about.”
I’m not sure that most of us can agree on that one.
Yes, Kaepernick has exercised his right to free speech and to express himself as he saw fit. But just like hugging a flag, that doesn’t make him a patriot.
However, Popovich isn’t really clear on just what he thinks is so patriotic about Kaepernick’s actions.
Was it when he kneeled during our nations most revered and honored song? Or maybe it was when he spoke on multiple occasions about his hatred for cops, calling them pigs, and even wearing pig socks? Could it have been the time he expressed his appreciation for Fidel Castro, a dictator who murdered when he saw fit and wanted to destroy America? Or was it the numerous times he has degraded our nation for the supposed oppression of black athletes such as himself?
Now just to be clear, Kaepernick has been a star in just about every American sport he has ever played. From baseball and basketball, which he was offered several college scholarships for and was even drafted by the Chicago Cubs, to football where he was awarded MVP in high school, given a full scholarship to University of Nevada, and named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Offensive Player of the Year twice. When he finally decided to stick with football, he was awarded a draft immediately after college from the San Francisco 49ers and has been a legend ever since, earning millions of dollars each year until he opted out of his contract in 2017.
And yet, he and other African American athletes are apparently oppressed by whites and cops. How do you figure? He has been given every opportunity available, and when he proved that he could handle those, he was rewarded for his efforts. Doesn’t really sound like oppression to me.
But his beliefs are not even the problem. It’s how he as gone about protesting them. There are plenty of other people nationwide who agree with Kaepernick on a few issues. And yet, when they express their right to free speech, they do so with peaceful protesting.
Kaepernick, on the other hand, resorts to name-calling (pigs) and showing support of a man who once set up nuclear weapons on a beach aimed at the US. Tell me exactly how that is patriotic, coach.