There is a general rule in life that makes absolute common sense: talk only about that which you know. The issue here is people who not only talk about what they don’t know, but make stuff up and say as much on national television.
Gerald Griggs, vice president of the NAACP Atlanta chapter, appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program to discuss the whole Colin Kaepernick issue and the two sports illiterates went at it. However, football (unlike activism) is a game of stats and almost every statistic that came out of Griggs’ mouth was an unforced fumble.
When invited on a cable news program, the show usually sends the invitee a cheat sheet of links to topics or at least lets that person know where the interviewer is coming from. That’s so the guest isn’t blindsided and can adequately prepare. We’re not sure where Griggs came up with some of his statistics, but the left is notorious for throwing out questionable, yet easily recitable numbers like 1-in-5 or 97% that’s blindly repeated as fact.
Seeing how his fellow activists could be sports ignorant, throwing around inflated numbers to make the point was clearly the objective.
“The fact that only 16 other quarterbacks have a higher quarterback rating than Colin Kaepernick speaks a lot to what’s going on with the NFL and why we believe this is an issue of race.”
We’re not sure where Griggs came up with Kaepernick being the “17th best quarterback in the league” in 2016, even though that would make him mediocre in a league of 32 teams, because according to ESPN, he was a lot lower than what Griggs repeatedly told Fox News viewers.
Colin Kaepernick was dead last in the passer rating and the only one with negative rating points. He was second to last when it came to expected points off of an opposing team’s penalty, second to last in overall quarterback snaps because when you can’t make first downs, you don’t stay on the field long.
To be fair, there was ONE statistic where Colin Kaepernick led the league and that was yards per rush.
Seeing how the San Francisco 49ers finished winning only two out of 14 games in 2016, Kaepernick spent most of his time running for his life because he was ineffective; not because he was that good.
ABC News: Supporters want Colin Kaepernick signed by NFL season start
WaPo: The NFL cowards who aren’t signing Colin Kaepernick
Politico: The Martyring of Colin Kaepernick
NY Daily News: Protesters rally outside of the NFL headquarters demanding Colin Kaepernick be signed
The National Football League is not at all worried about a boycott by people who probably don’t watch football on Sunday, know little about Kaepernick’s unimpressive on-the-field performance over the last few years, and couldn’t even tell you what division his old team is in. Aside from chanting “No justice, no peace” outside of a stadium where the field is called the gridiron upon which teams battle, they are irrelevant to football organizations, the League, and knowledgeable fans.
As stated before, the reasons Colin Kaepernick is still without a job are…
- There is no obligation that he must be hired by anyone, let alone a National Football League franchise.
- He declined to re-sign with the team that put up with his mediocre performance.
- There are very few teams in dire need of a backup quarterback that deems social justice activism more important that winning football games.
- The League figured him out in his sophomore season and he failed to up his game appropriately: he just isn’t that good.
Tucker Carlson could have ripped Griggs to shreds however he’s a wonk who clearly knew little about football and failed to run through a big gap in Griggs’ porous defense. The NAACP is more about forcing a team to take someone who’s not all that good just because he’s kinda’ black, which is also kinda’ racist.
Lastly, in keeping with the Rachel Maddow approach of talking down to her arrogant, too-smart-to-know-anything audience, Griggs kept repeating a false stat to those who’ll go on to repeat it as fact, but that’s nothing new.
It looks like Colin Kaepernick was oh-so close to signing with the Baltimore Ravens, that is until a “pro ho”, big mouthed, attention-starved activist screwed things up.
Enough of us have seen #BlackLivesMatter women get in people’s face, disrupt events, and while there may be no formal affiliation here, there’s a documented activist nature to Nessa Diab.
As the entire world knows by now, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem in Friday’s pre-season game against Green Bay because he was protesting ‘black oppression’ in the United States. We’re now hearing that it was actually his girlfriend Nessa’s idea for Colin to protest.
Fox News also looked into the couple and found evidence that seems to show that his “conversion to social activism” happened only after he began dating his girlfriend, DJ Nessa Diab.
Diab’s social media account has plenty of photos and posts related to her job as a DJ but it also shows her stance as a black rights activist and Islam defender.
— The Grio, 9/3/16
Her ill-timed Tweet may have sealed Kaepernick’s fate because no one wants to have to deal with drama, on or off the field.