Former NFL quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick tweeted that a U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and an Iraqi militia leader was an act of “American terrorism” that was done to further “American imperialism,” the Washington Examiner reported Saturday.
Kaepernick made his name being critical of the United States, spurring a movement that led many professional athletes to kneel before the American flag while the national anthem was played, citing perceived injustices committed by the government and law enforcement against racial and other minorities.
He followed up his initial allegation with a second incendiary tweet:
America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 4, 2020
Everything American is oppression
Apparently, it’s not oppressive to be the mastermind behind the killing of 600 American soldiers and the injuring of thousands more, as Gen. Soleimani was during the years in which U.S. forces occupied Iraq, according to the Daily Mail. The person who did that is not a terrorist, according to Kaepernick.
But somehow, when our president says enough is enough and takes out the individual responsible for the death of an American contractor on Dec. 27 and the recent attack on the U.S. embassy in Iraq, terrorism is a fitting description. Is he serious?
Maybe, just maybe, Kaepernick was feeling a need for more attention from the American media establishment, which generally seems to fawn over his every word, no matter how idiotic it may be.
Notably, despite his professed desire for a contract, Kaepernick has not been offered any work in the NFL since being benched by the 49ers after six seasons as a quarterback.
He has claimed that his political views and anthem protests caused teams to discriminate against him, and he sued the NFL in 2017 for allegedly colluding to prevent him from getting a job in the league, according to USA Today. The case, which also included Eric Reid, a former teammate of Kaepernick’s who also engaged in on-field protests, ultimately settled for an amount reported to be under $10 million.
Detractors have said, however, that Kaepernick was dropped because he simply wasn’t performing on the field, not as a result of his controversial beliefs.
In 2019, Kaepernick announced that he would hold an NFL-sanctioned workout in front of interested league scouts, but he changed the venue at the last second, and representatives from only a few teams were ultimately able to attend. None offered him a position or even a tryout following the bizarre spectacle.
Yahoo Sports seems to think that Kaepernick may have finally given up on the NFL and has now turned his full attention to political activism with these recent comments. It looks like we can expect more of this drivel from Kaepernick in the future.