The NFL announced that Colin Kaepernick, the second string quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Is going to start in that team’s final preseason game against San Diego on September 1. The decision may seem to be a dangerous one since Kaepernick has created lots of outrage for his refusal to stand for the National Anthem out of alleged ire at the way the United States treats minorities. On the other hand, the game is likely to be one of the most watched in preseason history just out of curiosity for how the fans will react. Will they boo Kaepernick as he takes the field?

If Kaepernick wanted to draw attention to himself, he has succeeded brilliantly.

Unfortunately, he has become the latest annoying public figure in a year that is stuffed full of obnoxious people vying for our attention. His focus of protest is wrong-headed. More African Americans are murdered by other African Americans than by police Kaepernick’s recent wearing of a Castro t-shirt demonstrated that he has no clue about what real oppression is. The former Cuban dictator’s butcher’s bill is impressive, including launching imperialist wars in Africa during the Cold War on behalf of his Soviet masters.

Of course one of the aspects of the kerfuffle that has really had people wanting to throw things at their TVs is that Kaepernick is being paid tens of millions of dollars to sit primarily on a bench.

A lot of individuals would like to have a piece of that kind of oppression.

Rush Limbaugh, the radio talker with a lot of friends in professional Football, has suggested that the NFL and the 49ers are playing with fire if they indulge Kaepernick for long. People watch football as an escape from the annoying aspects of life in America in 2016.

If those things are thrown in their faces during the big game because a player wants to make a statement, they might tune out and look for some other respite from politics. Chest pounding about his first amendment rights is not going to outweigh the hit to the bottom line.

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