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Colin Kaepernick: Giants Owner John Mara Dismisses Blackballing Claims

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So what do you think about Colin Kaepernick? What comes to your mind when that name is mentioned? Do you think about his partly illustrious, partly muddled career? Do you think about his status in the betting odds for next football season?

It is highly unlikely that the mention of Colin’s name gets you thinking about anything other than his kneeling scandal. If you do not know of the Colin Kaepernick Scandal despite loving the NFL – which is impossible – Colin got himself in trouble when he started kneeling at NFL games during the playing of the National Anthem.

Colin’s actions were supposed to be a protest of sorts against the multiple killings of unarmed black people by police officers in the United States. Whether or not he intended to divide the footballing fandom so thoroughly, that is exactly what he did, what with people taking sides and getting into fierce arguments as to whether Colin’s actions are acceptable.

While some thought that Colin was brave to use his position to highlight such an important matter, others thought Colin was spitting on the American flag and the ideals it stood for. Regardless of which side of this debate you fall, Colin’s life hasn’t been the same since those first few weeks of the scandal.

And anyone who thought this issue would blow over might be surprised to find the Colin Kaepernick scandal arising once again, primarily because people think Colin is being punished professionally for taking actions that discomforted NFL owners, or at least that is the accusation being made.

John Mara, co-owner of the Giants, did not have to engage in this debate. However, he was dragged into it when comments he made about Colin became public. With the Giants having signed Geno Smith and re-signed Josh Johnson, questions about Colin, who is still a free agent, arose.

It is worth noting that the Giants never showed any interest in signing Colin. However, John admitted that people had been writing to them for months promising to walk away from the Giants if any of their players ever pulled a Colin Kaepernick stunt.

John Mara said he was shocked by the emotion he decoded from the letters but he denied claims that the backlash from Giants fans against Colin was the reason they had ignored the athlete. In fact, Mara dismissed claims that Colin Kaepernick had been blacklisted by teams in the NFL as nonsensical.

Mara thought that the idea of NFL owners coming together to collectively keep Colin out of the game of football was ludicrous. The NFL is a competitive place. And for most teams, there is nothing more important than winning.

As far as John Mara is concerned, if any team thought Colin could guarantee them victory, nothing would stop them from signing him. John admitted that Colin Kaepernick had a lot of issues and other teams were right to be a little anxious about taking on his baggage.

But as far as he was concerned, there was no concerted effort being made to blackball Colin. Colin isn’t the most solid athlete in the NFL, and arguments can be made about how his lack of consistency makes his baggage all the more unpalatable.

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