Where do you stand/kneel on Colin Kaepernick?

(cue Every Ghetto)
The startin’ salary, it’s hard reality
 Find solidarity
 We got our leaders too but do they leave us?
 Or they lead us and they see it through?

Niners general manager John Lynch said last week in a radio interview that he spoke with Kaepernick and that the quarterback wants to play in the NFL this season. He said he urged Kaepernick to express publicly in an interview that he is still committed to his football career.

“He is fully committed to wanting to be in this league. … I won’t communicate too much of what we’ve talked about, but I will communicate that I gave that opinion to Colin myself: ‘I think you are having a little bit of an image crisis in terms of not so much what you did last year, but people are wondering, is this most important to you, at a position where the guys that succeed at that position are the guys that live it, breathe it, the CEOs that play that position.’ And I think there is a perception that football’s not on the top of his list,” Lynch told KNBR Radio in San Francisco.

How is it a fair perception to question Colin Kaepernick’s conscious use of time off the field, but credit those who squander it as “CEOs” of the position?

Thirty two (32) starting quarterbacks and another depth chart level of backup quarterbacks are all living and breathing and dying the role of QB moreso than Colin Kaepernick?

And are we saying leaders can only lead in one avenue of life? So, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies can’t have a social issue or cause that they pursue in their time out of the office? They can’t be good fathers, or great artists or musicians, triathletes, clergy, or have another parallel life calling?

When Ben Roethlisberger, the youngest quarterback to lead a team to the Super Bowl championship, broke his jaw and nose in a motorcycle crash in which he was not wearing a helmet, did as many people question his ability to lead a team at the position?

This is the business of the NFL and American football is just that… a business. If public consciousness about race issues, about social and civic justice is bad for ticket sales, just say it. If it offends you that the league you are a part of has mostly African-American athletes, speaking about what it means to be African-American, if it threatens your sensibilities as an NFL owner, call it out and own up to it. In most other protected jobs, what you believe out of the office that doesn’t affect your performance on the field or in the role, doesn’t and shouldn’t play. You worship Jesus Christ, Allah, are agnostic, atheist; you’re married, unmarried, gay, consecrated single; you play pool, poker, pinochle? If you can sling a pigskin at 59mph, breaking all kinds of rushing records on the way to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship in 2011, this has to be about more than qualifications and dedication to the craft and the role. If this is not about desire, dedication, proof on the field, then tell me, what is it about?

But don’t make this about the player and have him defend his positions in the public forum, challenge the owners and the GMs and coaches of the league to defend why it is he’s not on the roster? If this is about putting the best product on the field for fans/customers, pay him and play him.