The United States is known as the country of second chances. No one knows that better than retired NFL quarterback Michael Vick. He was given not one but TWO $100 million contracts to play in the NFL. His second contract was given to him not coming off surgery but felony dog fighting. That’s why his comments on Monday, July 17, 2017 came as a surprise. He was asked about Colin Kaepernick not playing in the NFL. “First thing we gotta get Colin to do is cut his hair. Just go clean cut, you know? Why not? The most important thing that he needs to do is just try to be presentable. I just think perception and image is everything, and listen, it’s not the Colin Kaepernick that we’ve known since he entered the National Football League. And I’m just going off my personal experiences, but I love the guy to death and I want him also to succeed on and off the field. And this has to be a start for him. He is a great kid and the reason he’s not playing has nothing to do with the national anthem. I think it’s more solely on his play. But, yeah, everything takes precedent in terms of image perception. You gotta clean it up, you gotta make sure you do it all right.”

WOW! Really?! So, the reason Kaepernick doesn’t have a job is because he needs to cut his afro? I have literally heard it all. Kaepernick is being black balled from the league because he needs to go to Super Cuts and spend $10 on a haircut? It’s the “perception” of Kaepernick that is holding NFL owners and GMs back from hiring him? Then Vick mentions it’s “more solely on his play.” Now granted, Kaepernick has gone 3-16 over his last two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. However, the team was horrible. He still put up good numbers despite coming off surgery. His touchdown to interception ratio was 4:1 last year. Here is a quick snap shot of his career in the NFL:

Led team to back-to-back conference championship games.

Led a team to the SuperBowl.

Len Eshmont Award winner for most inspirational player last season with 49ers.

Six-year career stats – 72 TDs 30 INTs.

There are quarterbacks in the league right now that would kill for those stats. Geno Smith in four seasons has thrown for 28 TDs and 36 INTs. He signed a one-year $1.2 million contract with the New York Giants. Ryan Fitzpatrick in ten seasons has thrown for 166 TDs and 133 INTs. He signed a one-year $3 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Josh McCown (37 years old) in 11 seasons has thrown for 79 TDs and 69 INTs. He got $6 million from the New York Jets. The Chicago Bears even went and signed Mark Sanchez, best known for the infamous butt fumble, for $2 million a year. In his seven seasons, he has thrown for 86 TDs and 86 INTs. How is it Kaepernick’s “lack of play” as to why he doesn’t have an NFL job?

Apparently, we have to go back to Kaepernick’s haircut and “perception”. He was never involved in a domestic violence case or sexual assault. He was never pulled over for a DUI. He was never suspended for a failed drug test. He was never arrested. He was never convicted of a felony, like Vick. Several players in the NFL have been convicted of the before mentioned, but they all got a second chance. What “perception” does he need to change?

Kaepernick apparently heard what Vick said and proceeded to social media with this:  Stockholm Syndrome. “The Stockholm syndrome appears when an abused victim, develops a kind of respect and empathy towards their abuser. It was named after a bank robbery in Stockholm when a group of bank employees were held hostage and developed a strong sense of empathy towards their captors. When this traumatic event was over, they even defended their captors by not wanting to say anything that might endanger their captors’ freedom. This usually happens because the victim sees the smallest act of decent behavior as an extracted event which makes them see their captors as essentially good. This way they leave aside all the negative behavioral distinctions of their captors and focus on the positive ones. This syndrome is also called “traumatic bonding” or “victim brainwashing.” This had to be the subliminal tweet of all tweets in the Twitter universe. It was the best “clap back” since Nas came out with “Ether” in response to Jay-Z. Ok, maybe not that great, but you get the point. It definitely got the attention of Vick. He sent out a tweet hours later, back tracking on his statement. He said, “Colin Kaepernick’s hair has nothing to do with him not being on a NFL roster right now. Let’s be clear! I wish only the best for Colin. I stand by what I’ve said about him being signed at some point this season to help a NFL club. I think he is a great kid who has a bright future and I’m looking forward to seeing him on the field again. Trust and believe what I said was not in malice.”

Vick was definitely catching a whirlwind of flak for his original comments. However, the point remains, Kaepernick is still unemployed by the NFL. Sad to say, there is nothing he can do to get his job back unless one owner steps up and gives him a second chance.

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