Friday, February 18, 2022

The Irony Of It Alll

Michele Tafoya, who has quit NBC Sports to work on the gubernatorial campaign of a culturally conservative, underdog candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of Minnesota, remarks

My son’s first best friend was a little African-American boy. They were inseparable. Get to a certain age they start having what’s called an affinity group, which means you go for lunch and pizza with people who look like you … At kids in school, there is a big, big focus on the color of your skin and my children … Why are we even teaching that the color of the skin matters? Because to me, what matters is your character and your values. …

The growing trend toward racial segregation should be disturbing. However, Tafoya then confirms the adage "let a Republican talk long enough and she will make no sense." She comments

She's not trash- but the "business decision" wasn't a matter of choice.  TMZ reported last July that 

Colin Kaepernick is still not giving up on his dream of returning to the NFL ... saying he's still up at 5 AM and training 5 or 6 days a week in case a team finally calls.

The quarterback -- who hasn't played a down in the league since the 2016 season -- made the revelation in a recent interview with Ebony ... explaining he still has a goal of winning the Lombardi Trophy.

"I am still up at 5 a.m. training five, six days a week," Kaepernick said, "making sure I’m prepared to take a team to a Super Bowl again."

The 33-year-old last played for the 49ers on Jan. 1, 2017 in a loss to the Seahawks ... and never signed on with a team again after that.

Kap claimed repeatedly that he believed the league was blackballing him over the way he started kneeling demonstrations during pregame national anthems.

In fact, the QB sued the league a few years ago ... and the parties settled out of court. The NFL didn't publicly admit to blackballing Colin.

That's the way these things are commonly done. The defendant agrees to settle out of court on the condition it doesn't have to admit responsibility and the plaintiff's attorney, who wants a payday and to move on to other cases, persuades his/her client of the relative insignificance of the principle involved.

Chatting with Tucker Carlson, Tafoya pointed to "the most terrifying thing in the world to me right now that people are afraid to talk" while attributing Colin Kaepernick's absence from the National Football League to disinterest on his part.  Asked a moment earlier about her son's situation, Tafoya had remarked (seen at 5:02 of the video below) 

I don't care if I'm attacked. I really am not afraid of that and I guess I feel like so many people now are afraid of that and I guess I feel like so many people now are afraid, and I'm not. Listen, I know there are repercussions for whatever I say....

Tafoya might have said that Kaepernick was overrated (which I always believed he was), although it would be difficult to convince anyone he didn't deserve even a tryout in a league with such starting quarterbacks as Sam Darnold, Daniel Jones, Tua Tagovailoa, and Davis Mills (Davis Mills?). Instead, she argued that a quarterback still working out four years after being blackballed, and whose stated goal is to win a Super Bowl, is insufficiently committed to the game.

It's very likely that she disagreed with the aims of the quarterback's protest, a legitimate albeit controversial, position. However, she won't acknowledge that. Instead, she boasts of being unafraid of going against the grain in expressing her political beliefs. It remains unknown whether she realizes that sacrificing career for principle quite neatly defines Colin Kaepernick.


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