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Bill Walsh was of a different era so I don’t think it is fair to make the comparison. I say this because the NFL, which controls just about everything when it comes to appearances, let this stand (pun intended).
The only other comment is that if there is a divide on the 49ers getting rid of Kaepernick may not make it go away. The issue would still remain.
I always thought the 49ers would keep him until his “sit in”. Then I thought he had to go. But when the NFL said we’re good with it and all the national attention it got I think the 49ers went back to making a football decision. However, if things do escalate in a negative way I look for Kaepernick to find away to stand for the anthem without losing a lot of face.
And just how were they supposed to have ‘headed him off’? Yes, they could have gotten rid of him, but beyond that, what? Correct me if I’m wrong, but you’re saying that a stronger, Bill Walsh type coach could and would have nipped this in the bud a long time ago. How? Fine him for not standing? Order him to shut up? Good luck with both of those. Bench him? He’s already benched. I don’t think there’s anything any coach could do (again, short of shipping him out). Oh, and since you brought it up: as bad as Kaepernick might look, the Santa Clara Police Union looks worse.
Santa Clara police looks really bad. A better response would be to acknowledge there ARE issues and commit to getting better. That’s all we ever ask of anyone.
I’m curious what you base that on? Do you have evidence or are you aware of actual “issues” in the SCPD? I’m not saying there aren’t as I honestly don’t know about them. I am just curious if you do know and have examples or if we are really now operating under such a blanket assumption that cops are presumed guilty until proven innocent?
BTW Lowell, this is another one of those times there is another full-blown thread of Comments right under the article in addition to this one.
Shane, send me your email address thru my Press Democrat email account, LC
This organization hasn’t been about winning since Eddie got run out of town.
Harbaugh tried to teach them how to focus and we all know how that ended.
This dysfunction comes back to the Yorks. This is their comfort zone and they won’t break out.
They have no intention of being either the Krafts or the Rooneys.
They’re happy keeping up with the Joneses in Dallas.
Similar dysfunction, outside of Harbaugh, similar records, always in the news for all the wrong reasons.
It’s who the Yorks are.
Lowell- I haven’t disagreed you this much since early posts defending Barry Bonds. You say this is all about football. It clearly wasn’t. It’s a pretty weak argument that humans all have to agree in the workplace. Who cares about what Kap’s politics are? When you’re in the flow of the game no one is thinking about who stood when some music was being played. A better argument be Kap fails to see the progression of receivers. He panics in pressure situations (kiss of death for a QB) and that is why he should have been cut. That’s a football arguement. He should have been cut but not for the reasons you describe. If fact, I’m a little out of sorts you even mention it. Football in the grand scheme of things is simply entertainment. It holds no value whatsoever. Entertainers have a long history of running their mouths about all sorts of things. I think it’s dangerous you think an employee should be fired (cut) because he exercised his right to speak. You’re a journalist! Seriously? You think the 49ers are so ignorant that can’t handle someone who has an alternative view? You ripped him when he didn’t speak. Now he is and you don’t like the message? Beyond absurd. Make up your mind. For the record I would have cut him. But for my reasons not yours.
Totally agree! They should have cut him or at the very least they should have required him to renegotiate the $25 million paid injury clause in his contract going forward, or they cut him now. This however would be beyond the expertise of country bumpkins Jed & Trent whose last headcoach hire was the neighborhood butcher.
So if they let him Kap the field and someone who doesn’t agree with his politics goes for his knee, or someone in just the normal course of game goes for his knee, or if Kap goes for his own knee to guarantee another $14.5 million next season, the team remains in the ‘we’ve wasted millions with no solid QB prospects going forward’ position it’s in today. It’s always comes back to the clowns upstairs, eh?
I say Kap and I should move to Australia. No slums on the Island continent. True. I think we could pass as some kind of mixed Aborigine.
You clearly know nothing about Australia which is no surprise given you are full of generalizations that are grounded in falsehoods.
I blame your parents.
Cops planted evidence on my parents and OJ.
Still,Kap is building up MO. More athletes are joining in. What will happen if more start to sit,kneel during the anthem?
It’s about making money. Kap helps the Niners make money. The team sucks so they needed a different act. I just saw how Kap jersey sales are hot.
Lowell, I was in total agreement with you on this in your earlier articles about this. But after seeing Obama chip in on this it’s time to give Kap credit! He’s started a national movement and I won’t be surprised if a huge amount of players join in. Also seeing Kap play again makes me think that he is our only hope this season!
Bruce Miller was cut- no questions asked-in less than 24 hours. I think it was a bit of reverse racism. What do you think?
Racism is universal and omni-directional, no such thing as reverse racism as is actually insulting to Caucasian people.
I dont think it is. Or,yer too sensitive. Also,it ignores the question. Considering this is a team that had a player drive drunk into the clubhouse parking lot right into a tree.
No cutting then.
You seem to completely miss the point that racism can’t be reversed…because that implies that Caucasians are only capable of racism or are the main contributors to that. Which is completely bs, every ethnicity is as completely racist as the others.
And what player drove drunk into the clubhouse parking lot tree?? I think you have your facts mistook.
Perhaps I am wrong, but think was Aldon Smith who drove into tree in team lot, but he was cut by the Niners shortly after the arrest. No charges til months later, but the Raiders kept him on roster.
No Mj..you miss the meaning. One culture is dominant in this country. They have the most of everything – by far.
So,its not equal that one person of dark color in a high level job can equal 1,000 of the dominant in high management in control of the makeup. Look at Google. Look at Pleasanton.
Stan “often misses the point” and deliberately uses circular logic to cover up his overtly racist attitudes.
Someone needs to call the rat patrol on that guy.
He should have been cut long ago, before vesting his 2016 salary. He is being paid NFL starting QB money to hold a clipboard. And now he is taking the focus away from the team and making it about him. Wait……maybe with as bad as this team can be, this is running a smoke screen for the organization. And it is worth every penny?
All kidding aside: Yes, there are absolutely issues in this nation that need to be dealt with and they are far deeper a conversation than can be discussed appropriately here or on the sidelines. There is no question or denying that. But purely on his quality of play he is at best a second string QB, maybe a third. Period.
Totally agree Lowell. You really got inside the locker room on this one.
The old bigot is doubling-down now. Next stop, the unemployment office.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.