I was asked on our last show if I thought Colin Kaepernick was being blackballed by the NFL because of his activism. Of course, Kaepernick is being black balled, doesn’t take a degree in sociology to see it. The dude belongs in the league and his activism is keeping him out. People need to understand that when you have a platform as big as the one Kaepernick does, you have to be strategic about how you use it. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s commendable that he’s used the platform he’s been given to fight for what he believes in. I’ve said it before, I do feel like people with this kind of platform have a responsibility to use it but use it with common sense. Now he’s been put in the position to choose because it’s clear he will not be allowed to do both. Does he want to be Collin X the former NFL Quarterback people use as an example to silence any other professional athletes who attempt to be activists or does he want to be Colin Kaepernick the NFL Superstar Quarterback? Here’s my solution and I’ll leave it at this. When you’re given this platform, in order to use it to its fullest potential and gain the most from it, you have to play by the rules of the platform. I’d even use myself as an example, I am as honest as it gets, I’ll call a bonehead a bonehead when it’s necessary but I’m still mindful of the fact that the platform I have been given to build my brand comes with some restrictions. I do keep in mind the responsibilities I have with some of the freedom I’ve been given on this platform. With that being said, before Kaepernick becomes a former NFL Quarterback he needs to CHOOSE. If he chooses to go back to the NFL and if a team picks him up then he’ll have to shelve his activism until he’s retired.

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