Steve Kerr is one of the most outspoken head coaches in the NBA. Actually, Kerr may just be the most outspoken coach in all of sports, never holding back his thoughts on current events and stories in the media.
Recently, that led to the Golden State Warriors leading man discussing whether the NFL is blackballing free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the movement of kneeling in protest during the national anthem.
In an interview with ESPN.com, Kerr made his thoughts very clear; Kaepernick is being blackballed by the league.
“Oh, he is being blackballed. That’s a no-brainer,” Kerr said. “All you have to do is read the transactions every day, when you see the quarterbacks who are being hired. He’s way better than any of them.
“But the NFL has a different fan base than the NBA. The NBA is more urban, the NFL is more conservative, and I think a lot of NFL fans are truly angry at Kaepernick, and I think owners are worried what it’s going to do to business.”
When you look at quarterbacks currently employed in the league and even starting, Kerr really does have a point.
Some people, however, use the excuse that teams are not willing to sign him because he is not worth the distraction. Well, Kerr also has thoughts on that.
As far as Kerr is concerned, the fact that Kaepernick is in the news should not be a reason to avoid signing him. Instead, it is just something that owners need to understand comes with the decision. Sadly, no owner has been willing to put himself out there yet.
“If you are a general manager, you do have to worry about the circus that would erupt if you signed Kaepernick,” he said. “That’s not justifying not signing him, but it’s understanding what you’re getting into.”
Kaepernick recently filed a lawsuit against the NFL alleging owners colluding to keep him out of the league.
We’ll have to see how it all plays out in court.