Once upon a time, first round NFL draft pick out of Virginia Tech player, Michael Vick was seen as something like an Allen Iverson of the NFL. Very urban, passionate, and determined to make his mark on the field. That same Michael Vick, the guy who use to rock the cultural corn-rolls and baggy clothes, suggested that NFL free agent, Colin Kaepernick should cut his afro to look more presentable to the public and more importantly, the many white NFL owners so that he can return to the NFL and play at QB again.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 17, 2017
After his comments when viral, Vick came under fire as fans rallied on his social media pages stating their confusion and frustration calling Vick a, “Sellout,” and putting snake emojies under his photos. Vick spoke with the ‘Dan Patrick Show,’ Thursday to clarify his remarks on Kaepernick,
“What I said, I should have never said. I think it was taken out of context in regards to what I was trying to convey, but I only want to help Colin Kaepernick. I’m not a general manager, I’m not the guy who makes the decisions on getting him signed, and I’m truly sorry for what I said.”
Watch interview below:
We all understand what Vick is trying to express to Kaepernick. Though, Vick has to understand that as an black man, Kaepernick shouldn’t have to change himself, especially if he isn’t doing anything wrong or illegal. As much work and passion Kaepernick has for bettering the African-American community, NFL teams should be knocking down his door but that’s not the case. Teams are intimidated with what follows Kapernick with the protesting, culture differences, and yes, the afro. Although, would a white man with long hair and a voice be treated the same? Don’t think Vick would suggest him cutting his hair.
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