Coverage of petulant San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has fortunately petered out for the most part, and while many of us are likely glad not to hear about his whiny, ill-educated disrespect of the nation much anymore, NFL RedZone’s Scott Hanson got a dig in that is surely an exception to the rule.
On Sunday, Hanson referenced Kaepernick’s refusal to vote in the Nov. 8 election. Hanson noted that Kaepernick was “not weighed down at all by the ‘I voted’ sticker.”
Here’s @ScottHanson after the Kaep run, “… not weighed down by the ‘I voted sticker.'”
Alright then! pic.twitter.com/1ecxHgJOzO
— nick wright (@getnickwright) November 20, 2016
Hanson noted that his comment was not political, but that it was simply in reference to the quarterback’s public admission that he didn’t vote. Hanson tweeted:
“FYI: Kaep quip wasn’t political. I was referencing what he admitted publicly. I own my comment just like he owns his choice.
FYI: Kaep quip wasn’t political.
I was referencing what he admitted publicly.
I own my comment just like he owns his choice. #freecountry
— Scott Hanson (@ScottHanson) November 20, 2016
Absolutely. Free speech is, or it is supposed to be, a two-way street. Kaepernick has spouted his ill-educated, social-justice-warrior nonsense for some time now, and all Hanson did was reference Kaepernick’s own action — or rather lack thereof.
Only Hanson knows what he meant by it. However, it certainly wasn’t necessarily political. Kaepernick’s comments, and his choice not to vote, clearly were. Kaepernick said about his choice not to vote, according to USA Today: “You know, I think it would be hypocritical of me to vote.”
“I said from the beginning I was against oppression, I was against the system of oppression. I’m not going to show support for that system. And to me, the oppressor isn’t going to allow you to vote your way out of your oppression,” the wealthy athlete explained.
While Hanson’s comment could be seen as political, it could also have simply been a funny jab about Kaepernick’s public admission with regard to not voting.
Given the absurdity of Kaepernick’s explanation, and his jumbled reasoning, a little lighthearted snark about it wouldn’t be unreasonable. Compared to Kaepernick’s own confusion about which action/inaction would be hypocritical, Hanson was downright refreshing.
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