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B/R NFL National Lead Writer Mike Freeman previously was an NFL columnist for CBSSports.com. He has been a sportswriter for the New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post, among other papers. His books include "ESPN: The Uncensored History" (2001) and last year's "Undefeated: Inside the Miami Dolphins' Perfect Season."
I just read your article on Kaepernick being given the cold shoulder by NFL owners. It's a good article and well written but you left out one very important issue.
You argue that Kaepernick is being punished for "speaking his mind." As an American, it is his Constitutional right to speak his mind, and he did. The thing he - Kaepernick - may not have calculated is that when a very public figure takes a political, social, or ethical stance on an issue in the most public way possible, they are open to criticism and may suffer consequences. That is the entire point of taking a public stand, by doing so one is stating to the world, "I believe in xxxx and I"m not afraid of the consequences."
You propose that some NFL teams may be "punishing" Kaepernick for what he did, a premise I do not disagree with. What you have left out however, is that the very right Kaepernick exercised just may be being exercised by the owners. They may be exercising their Constitutional right to symbolic speech. This symbolic speech is to not employ Mr. Kaepernick because they disagree with his public statements.
The manner in which your article is written seems to want to have it both ways. You want to support Kaepernick for "speaking his mind" but simultaneously condemn NFL teams and or owners for doing this same. Your argument is either ill-informed or disingenuous, freedom of speech is a two way street no matter whether you support Kaepernick, NFL teams/owners or not.
Starting to see you relate to Kaep a lot. His football talent is on the same level as your writing talent. #garbage
That is re: Clash Of Cultures.
You've got to be kidding
I am a student at DePaul University with a radio show at the schools radio station, Radio DePaul Sports. I was hoping that I could have you on sometime within the next 2 weeks to discuss the super bowl and other sporting news that may present it self.
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-Seth A. Smith
I look forward to your article about this "posse" situation.
I'd say most white people are not racist, but a lot of black people are. Why is it that when 95-99% of black people can vote for a candidate just because of his skin color, and they are just supporting their candidate, but if 53% of white people choose between 2 white candidates, the white people are racist? Same with OJ, police shootings of criminals, and various other situations. The most racist people in this Country is easy to see. They are not white.
simply put, your article on trump is unneeded and inappropriate. stick to writing about sports. that is what the site is for. no one wants to hear your opinion or view on thinking trump is a racist. and if you are going to make that statement then allow others to comment and share their opinions. absolute joke of a writer. dont know why BR still has you on their site with racially driven articles like this. hopefully this is the last one.
you're a terrible writer
Please explain why it matters whether or not a white player said one thing and a black player said another. I know plenty of black people who support Trump just like I know plenty of white people who support Clinton. Your garbage of an article that has no business being on a SPORT news website is more racist and bigot minded than anyone else you "interviewed". I will be sure to not read your racially biased articles again. Oh, don't forget that there are plenty of black supports of Republicans...