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The National Football League was once the most magnanimous of American spectacles, where the men were men and glory came complete with scrapes, bruises, and contusions.

The gargantuan culture of the gridiron looked poised and ready to overtake baseball as America’s pastime as recently as early in the 2016 season, before one turd floated his way to the top of the punchbowl.  Of course, we’re talking about Colin Kaepernick.

Colin Kaepernick

One of these days we’ll never have to mention him again. We’re not holding our breath.

His jaunt into the world of social justice came complete with a reprehensible hatred of police that the overpaid backup quarterback proudly displayed over and over again in the twilight of his short career.

Photographs emerged on social media of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback wearing socks showing cartoon pigs in police hats. Kaepernick reportedly wore the socks during several practice sessions during the off-season – weeks before his refusal to stand during the national anthem.

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Some people, including the head of a national police organization, were upset with the socks, but Kaepernick released a statement to insist that what he chooses to wear on his feet shouldn’t “distract from the real issues”.

Kaepernick said on Thursday: “I wore these socks, in the past, because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust. I have two uncles and friends who are police officers and work to protect and serve all people. So before these socks, which were worn before I took my public stance, are used to distract from the real issues, I wanted to address this immediately.”

Now, another NFL entity is taking to the political realm with some expensive support of the “March For Our Lives” – a student protest against the Second Amendment taking place in Washington D.C. this weekend.

Parkland, Florida, students and their families were flown to a gun control march in Washington, DC, on the New England Patriots’ plane.

The Boston Globereports that team owner Robert Kraft sent the team plane “to fly the families of the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and some of the students who were injured to the nation’s capital for the event.”

The opportunity to travel on the team plane was extended as a favor to gun control proponent Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly.

This move will likely be perceived by American conservatives as yet another indication that the NFL is certainly not in their corner headed into the 2018 season, and could very likely cement the Patriots’ already sturdy reputation as the league’s most hated team.

 

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