San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Writing The Pine: Kaepernick Seeks Book Deal

According to Fox News, erstwhile NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is meeting with publishers in New York, seeking a book deal.  This comes just a week after filing a grievance against the NFL owners, alleging a collusion conspiracy not to sign him, in the wake of his national anthem protests.

If Kaepernick’s twitter feed is any indication, a forthcoming book will likely shed light on the former 49ers quarterback’s extremism.   Sympathic media and fellow players often work to sanitize his extremism.  Recall that his initial protest wasn’t kneeling during the anthem, but sitting on the bench, pouting  It was fellow players who encouraged him to change his protest to the (slightly) more palatable kneeling.

A book deal might shed more light on Kaepernick’s views, like these:

Kaepernick deserves credit for sparking a protest that gathered lots of attention.  But by opting for a divisive protest against a symbol of national unity, he created a no win situation, where Americans who might have some sympathy to his cause, were forced to stand against their country, their soldiers and veterans, to support him.  Sometimes the choice that gets the most attention isn’t ultimately the most effective.   Ultimately, he handed Donald Trump a political layup and an easy distraction.

It will be interesting to see if his book embraces the nihilistic radicalism he showed when the protests began, or if there will be some more productive solutions offered.

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