Colin Kaepernick Hat-Gate Saga Proves NFL Season Can't Come Soon Enough

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystJuly 9, 2013

May 22, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) smiles during organized team activities at the 49ers training complex. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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There's a saying in the NFL that there's no offseason. Given all the news and turmoil surrounding the league in June in the wake of the Aaron Hernandez arrest, that certainly seemed to be the case last month.

However, the latest "scandal" that has enveloped an NFL player gives one the idea that maybe, just maybe, folks are a little too hard up for a football fix right now.

You see, the "scandal" involves a hat.

You heard me...a hat.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who led his team to a berth in Super Bowl XLVII last year, recently sent the social media world into a Twitterfit (if that's not a word, it should be), when he was spotted at a 4th of July party wearing...

Hold onto your, um, hats folks!

A Miami Dolphins hat!

I know, I know, you're as shocked, appalled and horrified as I am by this outrageous behavior. I mean, failing a drug test would be one thing. Getting arrested after a strip club rampage would be another.

But wearing another team's hat? That's just too far.

Fans immediately took to Twitter to express their outrage at this heinous act.

Kaepernick was, at first at least, defiant in the face of the growing maelstrom, taking to Instagram the next day to defend his choice of haberdashery.

As the Sun-Sentinel reported, Kaepernick held his blasphemous beanie aloft and issued a statement.

"This the hat y'all mad at? I'm goin wear what I want regardless of what you think, all you need to worry about is the fact that I grind for my teammates and the 49ers! I plan on doin this until they won't let me in the building! #ridiculous#y'allmustbebored"

That fiend!

This was essentially the equivalent of walking up to a hornet's nest, examining it carefully, and then whacking it 12 times with a baseball bat.

The furor continued, with pundits such as ESPN's Ron Jaworski and Herman Edwards taking to the airwaves in an effort to right this most egregious of wrongs according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

“You’re the face of the football team, you’re the future of the football team, you’re being paid handsomely by the San Francisco 49ers,” Jaworski said. “It’s an immaturity thing, in my opinion. This is a great football player, the ceiling is very high, but this is something you just don’t do as a leader of a football team.”

Added Edwards, “Steve Young and Joe Montana wouldn’t do that. They get it. You’re the quarterback. You are the face of the franchise, and whether you like it or not, on the field or off the field, you’ve got to act that way.”

Luckily, before rioting began in the streets, Kaepernick was photographed yet again, and order was restored to the universe.

Whew. We dodged a bullet there, America.

Or did we?

As Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports reported back in May, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen created a flap when he was photographed at a burger joint wearing an Oakland Raiders hat.

We could be talking about a far-reaching capspiracy here.

How can it be stopped? What we can we do to save this game of football that we love so much?

Well, for starters training camp can hurry up and get here so that we have some real football news to discuss.

Folks, it's a hat.

Granted, in a day and age when everyone has a camera phone, wearing another team's gear to a party might not have been the wisest accessory choice. Rattling the bear's cage by posting that other picture on Instagram didn't help matters either.

But's a hat.

We're not even talking about a rival's hat either. Allen sporting the silver and black is one thing. The Chargers and Raiders are sworn enemies. However, it's not like Kaepernick was rocking a Seahawks hat.

That would have probably broken the internet.

The Dolphins and 49ers played in one Super Bowl, all the way back in 1985. There's not a lot of vitriol there.

You wouldn't have known that from the uproar over Kaepernick's cap though, and it shows that passionate fans left with nothing to talk about are going to find something to talk about.

At least things have settled down now.

Well, until those pictures of Tom Brady wearing Arizona Cardinals flip-flops surface, at least.


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