Colin Kaepernick and His Own Lady Macbeth

By | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 September 7, 2017|
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OK, I confess it. I love football. God help me, I love it so! I played in high school and college and I love the New England Patriots. The sport has long been a sanctuary from partisan politics. If one is a Patriots fan, it doesn’t matter whether other Patriots fans are Democrats or Republicans. Social class and race don’t matter. The main thing that unites us is a burning hatred of the tyrannical Roger Goodell! And as Patriots fans, we have learned some foreign languages. For instance, “Gronkowski” is Polish for “touchdown.”

Unfortunately, politics intrudes more and more these days. ESPN has decided that sports fans care about the political opinions of their idiot talking heads. And we all breathlessly await the next political commentary by a player! Just kidding. To paraphrase Laura Ingraham, “shut up and knock someone on his ass!”

Some time ago, then-San Francisco 49ers’ backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick generated a firestorm of commentary by refusing to stand for the national anthem. “I am not going . . . to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said.

Kaepernick in March opted out of his contract with the 49ers and became a free agent. No team has picked him up and he languishes in football limbo. Kaepernick’s boosters denounce the NFL owners for shunning him because of the “courage” his stance demonstrates. But such praise is silly. These days there is nothing courageous about a celebrity who mouths trendy liberal pieties regarding race or other hot button social issues. Big deal. What price do they pay?

Bruce Jenner claimed to be a woman and won a “courage” award from ESPN. University of Missouri lineman, Michael Sam declared that he is gay and was given far more chances on the field as a final round NFL draft choice than his meager talents warranted. Kaepernick parroted the fraudulent Black Lives Matter narrative and was praised by no less than President Obama. And Spike Lee is on his side, recently organizing a protest at NFL headquarters to denounce the failure of any team to bring Kaepernick on board.

There are a couple of problems here. First, despite a couple of decent years, Kaepernick has not been picked up because he…well…he stinks! Colin Kaepernick is no Tom Brady. He isn’t even a Jeff Hostetler. What team wants to pick up a mediocre player (at best) who brings with him political baggage sure to offend fans?

Most of the players get it. Running back LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills told reporters that he didn’t think Kaepernick was a “good enough” player to be worth the “chaos” he would bring into the locker room. “I think his situation is not good enough to have him on the team with all the attention that comes along with it,” McCoy said, adding that players interested in making statements could perhaps “choose a better platform to state their beliefs.”

Second, poor Colin seems to be . . . well . . . half of the phrase would be ”whipped.” Since Kaepernick himself is far from oppressed (he is of mixed race, raised by adoptive white parents, given a full scholarship to the University of Nevada, and, with one good year in the NFL under his belt, was paid nearly $20 million annually to ride the 49ers’ bench), whence cometh his courageous social concern for the oppressed of America? Evidently, the source of his “raised consciousness” (as the Marxists would say) is Kaepernick’s girlfriend—his very own Lady Macbeth. Nessa Diab (who simply goes by Nessa) is a Bay Area DJ, MTV host, and BLM activist. Her local radio show predictably focuses on America’s many sins.

It seems Nessa really stepped in it recently. The Baltimore Ravens were reportedly interested in signing Kaepernick. Ray Lewis, the former Ravens linebacker and now NFL Network commentator, argued on Kaepernick’s behalf, advising the quarterback to “get back on the football field and let your play speak for itself.” Lewis added, “I applaud you for the things that you stood up for,” but he said that Kaepernick surround himself with people who would “stop encouraging you to be caught up in some of this nonsense.” Hmm. Whomever could he mean? So the lovely Nessa tweeted a pic of Lewis and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti paired with a still from Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” suggesting that Lewis is Bisciotti’s house slave. You go, girl! Way to help your man out!

Kaepernick and Lady Nessa Macbeth might take a page from a guy who actually did something to improve race relations in this country: the legendary Jim Brown. While he supports Kaepernick’s cause, Brown has criticized his actions. “I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American,” the ex-running back said. “I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not going to do anything against the flag and national anthem. I’m going to work within those situations. But this is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner.”

Brown’s comments puts me in mind of something that the great boxer, Joe Louis once said. During World War II, Louis, who was at the height of his career, volunteered to join the U.S. Army, serving nearly five years and boxing hundreds of exhibitions. He defended his title twice, donating his entire purses to Army and Navy relief funds. However, after the war, he was hounded by the Internal Revenue Service to pay back taxes on the purses he had donated. A reporter asked him how he felt about serving in the U.S. military of a country that still treated him as a second-class citizen. Louis replied, “Lots of things wrong with America, but Hitler ain’t going to fix them.

Oh, and one more thing, Colin: ditch the Angela Davis look.


About the Author:

Mackubin Owens
Mackubin Thomas Owens is dean of academics for the Institute of World Politics in Washington DC, a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, and editor of Orbis, FPRI’s quarterly journal. He recently retired after 29 years as Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Owens was also Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly defense journal Strategic Review and Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Boston University. Owens is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Leadership and Democratic Statesmanship in Wartime (2009) and US Civil-Military Relations after 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain (January 2011) and coauthor of US Foreign and Defense Policy: The Rise of an Incidental Superpower (2015) and The Evolution of the Executive and Executive Power in the American Republic (2014). Before joining the faculty of the War College, Owens served as National Security Adviser to Senator Bob Kasten, Republican of Wisconsin, and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Nuclear Weapons Programs of the Department of Energy during the Reagan Administration. Dr. Owens is also a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, where as an infantry platoon and company commander in 1968-1969, he was wounded twice and awarded the Silver Star medal. He retired as a Colonel in 1994. Owens earned his Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Dallas, a Master of Arts in Economics from Oklahoma University, and his BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara.


  1. Scott September 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Just as long as my team doesn’t sign this freak.

  2. Joel Mathis September 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    “Oh, and one more thing, Colin: ditch the Angela Davis look.”

    I feel reasonably certain this is the core argument of his piece.

    • kj September 7, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      1) You don’t understand the meaning of the word “feel.” 2) I feel reasonably certain you’re a moron.

      • Joel Mathis September 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm

        Let me be more explicit: Finishing this op-ed with a cheap shot at CK’s overt (but relatively superficial) signifier of blackness suggests that it’s the blackness that the writer finds icky and offensive. It makes no sense otherwise, unless the writer plans to make a habit of critiquing the hairstyles of other liberals. Maybe he will! I would enjoy that very much.

        Moreover, I’d be interested if AmGreatness is willing to square the tension between this piece, which justifies CK’s lack of NFL employment because his politics makes his employment “not worth it” and the trust-busting piece that suggests Google face sanctions of a sort because it fired an engineer who expressed conservative-friendly ideas. What’s the difference, aside from the identity of the owner of the ox being gored?

        Finally: I know you are, but what am I?

        • kj September 7, 2017 at 4:50 pm

          1) I have to assume that, with all of his wealth and privelege, that CK can choose any hair style he wants. He chose one that is in-your-face. Okay. that’s his right. It’s my right to think he chose it for a reason.
          2) I’ll square that tension (if “squaring tension” is actually a thing, rather than a mixed metaphor). There is no tension. Employers make the determination of whether their employees are worth any tension or not.
          3) You started the ad hominems, not I. Also, I’m rubber, you’re glue….

          • Joel Mathis September 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

            Technically, my first comment wasn’t ad hominem. I should’ve elaborated, however. Thanks for the opportunity.

            “(if “squaring tension” is actually a thing, rather than a mixed metaphor). ”

            Excellent point, poopyhead.

          • Joel Mathis September 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

            (That last bit was a joke. FWIW.)

          • kj September 7, 2017 at 4:56 pm

            🙂 It’a all in good fun!

        • CincyGal September 8, 2017 at 11:22 am

          One thing you are NOT is a football fan. If CK could throw, no one would care whatever else he might do. There is a shortage of top notch QBs. This explains why Michael Vick of dog fighting fame continued to play. So the insult to the flag, which is a deeply felt insult in the heartland, is gratuitous. The afro shot? Angela Davis was a communist. That is only acceptable along the coasts.

  3. Bootsie September 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    The left will weaponize sports as they have every other form of entertainment and they will get the same results….people finding far better things to do with their time and money than watch partisan hack entertainers.

  4. Bruce1369 September 7, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Hey Kaperdick, we have some openings here in Milwaukee at the car wash…. interested?

  5. George Dixon September 8, 2017 at 5:18 am

    “If one is a Patriots fan, it doesn’t matter whether other Patriots fans are Democrats or Republicans.”

    Now that is just plain silliness…

  6. burrs September 8, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Blacks living in he past will not make things better for their people. Probably make things worse because it turns a lot of people off. It only makes the malcontent blacks more malcontent, making their chances for success less.

  7. iRickie September 8, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Three points

    1) I appreciate Roger Goodell for making me a Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and New England Patriot Fan 😉
    2) Ray Lewis and Steve Biciotti expose a deep friendship in Baltimore transcending football; Nessa’s Django jive is beyond offensive; it is damaging to the American enterprise; nobody buy into such evil.
    3) I like Colin Kaepernick’s retro-fro! Reminds me of back in the day

  8. Doctor Bass Monkey September 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Kap’s a fraud. He originally kneeled because he was pouting he lost the starting QB job then played it off as a protest to make himself look better.

  9. Tom Servo September 8, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I wish he would get signed and then the offensive line of whoever signed him could just take a knee as soon as the ball was snapped, and let him get pounded. And then pounded again, and then pounded again. After a quarter or two of that, they can put him on IR and let the real quarterback on the field again.

  10. Charles Littlewood September 8, 2017 at 11:12 am

    SJWs hate, hate, hate white Americans who aren’t SJWs. They have nothing but contempt for our rights and our interests. They want us dead.

    It’s time for us to return that hatred.

  11. sotto voce September 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Excellent points, Mr. Owens. As for the ridiculous ‘fro, I’ve long suspected that as it grows larger the contents of Mr. Kaepernick’s skull shrink ever smaller.

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  12. MikeyDe September 9, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Who cares! He is a marginal player at best, like Shady McCoy said “who needs his kind of divisiveness” in the locker Room.

  13. rac647 September 10, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Well written piece. After watching some parts of the games today, Sunday the 10th, I am personally done with the NFL until such time as the league takes action to stop these million dollar cry babies from their bench sitting, black power salutes, other disrespectful actions and get on with the job they are paid for, playing football. I consider it a slap and spit in my face and the face of every veteran that is or ever has served this country. It is also a complete dishonor to all those veterans who gave the ultimate price in action during their time in service. These players should be reprimanded, fined and instructed to give a public apology to the NFL fans all over the country not to mention the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

  14. Jimbini September 11, 2017 at 11:35 am

    The whole Django thing leads me to believe that Kap doesn’t really want to play football. He’d be another backup QB hoping for some playing time. Much better to be a martyr for the social justice cause. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that he fed the Django picture to his girlfriend so she could post it.

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