(Tea Party PAC) – Legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre has decided to throw his lot in with the “woke” crowd to try and still keep himself relevant and in the spotlight, opting to champion failed fellow quarterback and political activist Colin Kaepernick. Kaerpernick’s only real claim to fame is taking a knee during the National Anthem as a totally disrespectful form of protest against “police brutality.”
This little act of defiance spread throughout the sports world as athletes, desiring to look cool, hip, and relevant — you’ll see that word a lot in topics like this because it is one of the top motivations for the behavior these guys are engaged in — and has caused more than a little controversy.
Favre recently compared Kaepernick to former NFL player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman. You’ll see why that is so offensive in just a moment.
Brett Favre says that Colin Kaepernick’s decision to forego his NFL career in order to continue his anthem protests and social justice movement, is a sacrifice in league with former NFL player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman.
Further, Favre believes that eventually Kaepernick, like Tillman, will be thought of as a “hero.”
In a recent interview with TMZ, the former Packer legend went in-depth on his reasoning for believing that Kaepernick deserves heroic status for his protests and movement.
“It’s not easy for a guy his age — black or white, Hispanic, whatever — to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold, maybe forever, for something that you believe in,” Favre explained.
“I can only think of right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman is another guy that did something similar,” Favre said. “And, we regard him as a hero. So, I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
This is a totally disrespectful comparison to make. Favre should be absolutely ashamed of himself. Tillman opted to walk away from a multi-million dollar deal with the then St. Louis Rams in order to serve his country as an Army Ranger. He was later killed in Afghanistan in a friendly-fire incident that occurred in 2004.
Tillman is an American hero who signed up to go fight for the principles our nation stands for, all of which are represented in the flag of our nation. A flag that ignorant folks like Kaepernick have spit on repeatedly with their little act of protest.
Colin Kaepernick walked away from a contract offer with the 49ers at the end of the 2016 season, to become a free agent. While the 49ers have maintained that Kaepernick would have been cut at the end of that season for financial reasons, there’s also no indication that Kaepernick believed he was walking away from football altogether when he walked away from San Francisco. In fact, his agents remained quite active in trying to find a new NFL home for him after the 49ers.
So, Favre’s comparison between Tillman – who absolutely did know he was walking away from the NFL in particular and potentially life in general, when he joined the Rangers. And Kaepernick, who at the time thought he was merely leaving San Francisco for another team, is tortured to say the least.
Nonetheless, Favre maintains that Kaepernick can probably still play.
“I thought he was a dynamic player when he was playing in his prime,” Favre said. “He’s still young and hasn’t been hit in several years, so there’s no reason to think that he’s lost that much of a step.”
It’s despicable to make such a comparison. Favre owes the family of Tillman a huge apology. Taking a knee in the middle of a professional sporting event does not take courage. It’s the act of a petulant child wanting to draw attention to himself, hoping to give his life meaning and purpose through activism.
There’s nothing wrong with activism. However, when you abuse your platform for it and exercise that right when it is inappropriate to do so, you leave yourself open to criticism. And that’s precisely what Kaepernick has received.
Favre needs to get a clue and let go of his pull toward the limelight. He had his time to shine. It’s over now.
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