Recent quotes from New York Giants owner John Mara have reached the surface, and they are up for interpretation.
“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara stated. “If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into.”
The comments made by Mara regarding free-agent Colin Kaepernick were dangerous, and Mara is feeling the backlash of the media, when he was trying to avoid the backlash of his fan base.
Those words may have been best kept behind closed doors. Not only does it create a stereotype surrounding Giant’s fans, but it creates more havoc around a team that failed to properly deal with the Josh Brown debacle last season.
Colin Keapernick's Actions
Kaepernick conducted a non-violent protest of the national anthem last season, making headlines across the nation. And the protest may be a large reason teams are blacklisting him on the free-agent market.
Multiple players have followed in his footsteps, but Kaepernick was the leader and the voice of the group.
Regardless of his protest, Collin is a stand-up guy that works with charitable organizations more than most NFL players. His donations and resources have been well received over the years, but his values are looked down upon by many fans. Why? Well, that’s a topic for another story.
The comments made by the Giant’s owner reveals the reason Kaepernick is still unsigned and without a job. The baggage that comes along with him is just too big of a red flag for teams to willingly offer him a contract.
Unwanted attention is the last thing an NFL organization wants in this day and age.
Mara stated that the Giants were never in the hunt to sign the former 49er, and his comments surely back that notion.
Reports have seen Kaepernick meeting with the Seattle Seahawks, but there have been no signs of a contract landing on his desk anytime soon.