Race and football
The Economist
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Typical tripe, even barfing up the standard efficiency rating, as if that’s all there was to the assessment of a QB’s performance. It isn’t.

The bottom line is that Kaepernick is a divisive figure who would create a lot of distraction both internally on any team and externally with the fan base for any specific franchise. The entire premise of the article — that he is “certainly one of the best 32” — is false. There are always people out there who will take your place. In this case, those people don’t bring the baggage he does, and a lot of them come a lot cheaper and have a lot more years left in them.

The real stupidity of this “it must be racism” or “it’s unfair” thing is that the people who sling it out there don’t have any idea what it’s like to try to run a team or a franchise. Winning is everything. It’s the difference between huge profits and struggling. For the same reason that white players are not deliberately prevented from playing in the NBA, Kaepernick is not being unfairly excluded here. If he were really that good, he’d be playing, because GMs and player-personnel directors and head coaches want the best players they can get. Same for the Lakers, and the Yankees, and whoever. If you’re a white player and you’re really that good, you’ll find a way to make an NBA roster, and many have. If you’re Kaepernick and you’re really so much better than the competition that it justifies the risk at the gate and in team dissension (the team can control the latter to some degree, but not the former), you’ll make a roster. Fact is, his arc was downward and had been so for some time when he ended up on the bench. People are simply remaking this story into a fiction to fit their SJW needs.