Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick caused a whirlwind of controversy in the media when he gave one piece of advice to Colin Kaepernick: cut his hair.
The surprising suggestion came with someone who’s no stranger to controversy, after all. In fact, they’re practically roommates: Vick’s career in the NFL faced a long pit stop in the late aughts after he was convicted and jailed for his part in a dogfighting ring.
After several years as a backup, Vick finally retired this offseason after spending 2016 as an unsigned free agent. According to Bleacher Report, during an appearance on Fox Sports 1 Tuesday he courted controversy again — this time from the political correctness brigade — for his advice to another unsigned free agent, Colin Kaepernick.
“First thing we’ve got to get Colin to do is cut his hair,” Vick said, referring to Kaepernick’s afro haircut.
“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 in terms of just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut. You know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot of controversy surrounding this issue. The most important thing that he needs to do is just try to be presentable.”
Vick also said that replacing his cornrow haircut had helped his image, according to the Washington Times. Vick’s advice (which I don’t necessarily buy, but I’ll concede that Michael Vick has more experience in rebuilding images than I do) was clearly borne out of experience.
However, it didn’t take long for the political correctness brigade to jump all over him.
Kaepernick himself jumped on Vick, not so subtly accusing him of Stockholm Syndrome in a tweet.
In other words, according to Kaepernick, Vick has been taken “hostage” by what I imagine he sees as the “white establishment.”
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 17, 2017
And, it didn’t take long for a lot of liberal Twitterers to turn on Vick.
Now that's what I call a subtweet. https://t.co/hdjVYx7t95
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) July 18, 2017
Mike Vick committed a crime. Colin Kaepernick did not. There is no image for Colin to clean up. Vick served jailtime. Colin is in purgatory.
— Terrell J. Starr (@Russian_Starr) July 19, 2017
It wasn’t just on social media, either. USA Today’s Nancy Amour went off on Vick in an op-ed.
“Colin Kaepernick could cut his hair, shave his beard and wear three-piece suits every day of the week and he’d still be radioactive to NFL owners,” Armour wrote.
“Because the quarterback’s shunning isn’t about how he looks or what he wears. It’s not even about what he does when the national anthem is played, really. It’s about politics. Specifically, his own and his refusal to play by those of others.
“That’s really what Michael Vick was getting at when he suggested that Kaepernick could help himself by getting a haircut.”
Actually, the reason why Kaepernick is on the sidelines has more to do with the fact that his play has deteriorated precipitously, yet he’s demanding $9 to $10 million in salary — starting quarterback money — and a shot at the top job.
Furthermore, even though he’s demanding that kind of money, he doesn’t seem as dedicated to football as he does to his political agenda. He’s simply not a solid investment.
Yet, on the left, everyone seems to believe Kaepernick deserves that kind of money, no matter how he plays. And anyone who says otherwise is obviously a filthy racist who doesn’t get just how important this great man is.
Needless to say, it didn’t take Michael Vick long to apologize to the PC police.
Now, while Vick has certainly faced some fallout for his comments, I shudder to think what would happen if a white NFL player had said similar. Rather than simply being viewed an insult, it would no doubt be dubbed a symptom of white supremacy and racism.
While I don’t necessarily know whether what Michael Vick said was true or not, I still don’t think pouncing on him for an opinion opens up debate on the issue. After all, while I still doubt the veracity of what Vick had to say, I think almost everyone in the debate will concede that he knows more than them about how to rebuild an image. Shutting him up simply because what he said doesn’t fit their preconceptions of the world isn’t good for anyone.
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