Michael Vick says Colin Kaepernick should Cut his Hair if he Wants Another Shot at NFL
By Brandon Simmons
The last person you would expect to hear criticize former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his situation would be Michael Vick. Both players have faced backlash from NFL fans but for very different reasons. Currently, Kaepernick has been largely criticized for his national anthem protest to highlight injustice in America; Vick was has faced criticism for being convicted of financing a dog-fighting ring and serving 2 years in prison for that crime. However, Vick was able to regain his job as a NFL quarterback, while that remains to be seen for Kaepernick. So when appeared on Fox Sports One’s show Speak for Yourself, he decided to give the advice on what he needs to do.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 17, 2017
“First thing we’ve got to get Colin to do is cut his hair,” said Vick. “Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct. Even if he puts cornrows in there. I don’t think he should represent himself in that way (wearing the Afro). Just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut. You know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot.”
The former Philadelphia Eagle quarterback really sat down on live television and said a taper fade would make people like Kaepernick more. The guy who was unnecessarily villainized for the actions he paid for
“I just think perception and image is everything. This is not the Colin Kaepernick that we’ve known since he entered the National Football League. I’m just going off my personal experiences. Listen, I love the guy to death. But I want him to also succeed on and off the field. This has to be a start for him.”
“It’s not about selling out. When you’re good, and you’re playing great, then you’re going to be wanted. People are going to want to sign you, going to want to see you play.”
Vick and Kaepernick have 2 very different, yet somewhat similar, experiences of why they received hate in their dealings with NFL fans after their situations. Many people loathed at the fact of welcoming Vick back into the league over his involvement with a dogfighting ring. However, after a strong push of not wanting him back in the league, he eventually found himself on the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 and became their starter in 2010. And while he did go from the signatures braids to a regular haircut, people still did not largely respect him.
Just like nobody has respected Kaepernick, despite him donating suits to homeless people and sticking up for people who are treated unfairly by the police. Colin Kaepernick has been an upright citizen these last couple of years. As far as his play goes, he was coming off shoulder surgery and still managed to get his starting job back. This man has playoff experience that some starting quarterbacks right now have never dreamed of; he is at least deserving of a backup role, especially for a team with a rookie or young quarterback. His hair or skillset is not the issue at all. People just don’t like when black men take strong stances or opinions that advocate for black people or people of color. It makes them uncomfortable. Many black people have cut for Michael Vick since he returned from prison, all the way until the end of his career. But, ironically, he will be in the dog house with black people for a little while.
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