Rantings and Ramblings

Colin Kaepernick

Woe to any NFL team that signs this guy!

Kaepernick, just shut up and go away!

UPDATE:Well, he's back. After some time of not hearing from him, he resurfaces and brings more controversy. A few weeks prior to November 16th it was announced that the NFL was arranging a tryout for Kaepernick in front of NFL teams. Supposedly Jay-Z had convinced NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to set this up. Par for the course with this guy, it turned out to be a media fiasco. Here's some of the headlines from various news and sporting sites.

NFL ‘Disappointed’ at Kaepernick for Not Appearing at Workout

Jay-Z is 'unhappy' with the way Colin Kaepernick 'turned a legitimate workout into a publicity stunt' after he moved his practice 60 miles away to make it open to the media - as the NFL calls him a no-show

Report: Jay-Z Disappointed at Kaepernick for Turning NFL Workout into PR Stunt

Kaepernick’s NFL tryout chaos leads to a pissed off Jay-Z

Don't forget Kaepernick filed a law suit against the NFL back in 2017. It was settled early 2019 for less than $10 million which was shared between Eric Reid and Kaepernick.

Report: Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid got less than $10 million in NFL collusion settlement

Report: Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid to Receive Less Than $10 Million in Settlement With NFL

Then theres his Nike contract!

Report: Colin Kaepernick's Nike Contract Worth 'Millions,' Will Get Branded Line

Here’s How Much Colin Kaepernick Will Make in His Controversial New Ad Deal With Nike, According to Sports Experts


Kaepernick already had a deal with Nike that was set to expire, but it was renegotiated into a multi-year deal to make him one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, according to a person familiar with the contract.

Kaepernick’s been a Nike client since 2011. According to a person familiar with Kaepernick’s agreement with Nike, a new multi-year contract will include Kaepernick-branded shoes and apparel. Nike will also contribute to Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights charity. His wealth was estimated to be $22 million in 2016

By the way, that also includes Kaepernick. Now he is complaining that the Betsy Ross Flag on the Nike shoes is politcically incorrect because it represents a time in US history when slavery was prevalent. And what is more astonding is after production costs, shipping, distribution costs Nike invested and future profits from sales, they pulled the shoes from stores. They have had to lose millions on this fiasco. Is Kaepernick going to make up for the last revenue that Nike suffered from the millions Nike pays him as a promoter? And what does this say about Nike, that one voice, questionable that it is, has this much power over a corporation. Shame on Nike for caving!

News HeadlineNike Pulls ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Shoe From Shelves — Reportedly At Colin Kaepernick’s Urging

A photograph from the 2013 inauguration of former President Barack Obama should put to rest the sudden claims from some that the "Betsy Ross" American flag is a racist dog-whistle.

Mike Rowe Chimes In On Nike's Betsy Ross Play. His Take Is Spot On

Former "Dirty Jobs" host is one of the most insightful conservatives out there. He has a keen understanding of American history, rugged individualism and limited government. He has the ability to call out people's stupidity in the nicest, most sincere of ways.

Rowe took to Facebook to answer one of his followers' questions: why on earth would Nike listen to washed up quarterback Colin Kaepernick?

And he couldn't have said it any better.

"I think Nike has the right to decorate their shoes with whatever flag they desire. I think Kaepernick has the right to offer marketing advice to any company that'll take it. And I think you and I have the right to purchase whatever brand of tennis shoes we choose," Rowe explained in a long Facebook post.

While every individual person and corporation has the right to make decisions, we don't have to agree with them. And, as a consumer, we can choose to spend our money with businesses that support our conservative principles.

"In other words, I’m tempted on this day to remind you that there’s nothing inherently dangerous about a sneaker company currying favor with a woke athlete, or fellow citizens complaining about displays of patriotism and military might. On the other hand, I think Ronald Reagan was right when he said we’re always one generation away from losing the freedoms we currently enjoy," Rowe said. "Along with the siren song of socialism, the persistent promise of 'free' stuff, and the breathtaking level of censorship on our college campuses, I worry about the growing belief among many that we can somehow improve our present by erasing our past; by toppling statues, outlawing 'problematic' symbols, or rewriting specific pieces of our history in ways that leave us feeling less offended."

Rowe is right. We're having an extreme shift in our country. Being patriotic, loving our nation and our flag is now seen as a bad thing. The Left has dubbed "nationalism" as a bad thing, comparable to Nazi Germany, which is the furthest thing from reality. And the comparison is, quite frankly, extremely rude.

Those who love our nation and are willing to fight for her are patriots. They're people who understand that the United States has an incredible system. No, it's not 100 percent perfect (what ever really is?) but it's pretty darn flawless. We've lasted hundreds of years. That should tell you something. How many other civilizations have fallen over the years?

The epidemic taking place in our country isn't about people being upset with a flag on a pair of shoes. It's this idea that anyone and everyone should be censored if someone else is triggered. How many times have we seen this?

People don't like statues of General Robert E. Lee from the Civil War so people want it pulled down.

People don't like the Betsy Ross flag on a pair of Nike shoes, so what happens? Nike pulls the line of shoes.

Conservative commentators upset progressives if they give a talk at a college campus so their appearances get canceled.

We're so focused on always making sure everyone is in a "safe space" that we're neglecting to teach our youth our history and what makes our country so amazing. We're neglecting to teach our youth the value of having relationships with other people, respecting our differences and understanding that we each have a right to our personal beliefs, even if we don't always see eye-to-eye.


Mike Holeman |