Monday, December 5, 2016

Colin Kaepernick’s Mother Speaks Out Against Her Son

Colin Kaepernick’s Mother Speaks Out Against Her Son

Colin Kaepernick has been making headlines recently for his refusal to stand during the National Anthem. He has publicly stated that by sitting, he was standing up for minorities who are oppressed every day. It has caused a lot of public outrage, and perhaps the harshest response came from his own mother.
She didn’t hold back when discussing her feelings on her son’s protest. You won’t believe what she had to say: Colin’s birthmom gave him up for adoption when he was just 6 weeks old. He was adopted by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, who are both white. Rick and Teresa had lost 2 of their own sons to heart defects and were looking for a boy to fill their void.
He would become the youngest of 3 children, growing up with older brother Kyle and sister Devon Kaepernick.
Before getting to his mother’s public outrage, first take a look at who Colin really is.
He is a devout Christian. Many of the tattoos on his body reference the bible. On his right arm, there’s a scroll with the verse Psalm 18:39 written on it. Underneath that scroll is the phrase “To God The Glory” with praying hands.
On his left arm, there’s a crucifix with “Heaven Sent” on it with “God Will Guide Me” around it. His back also has a large tattoo of angels fighting against demons.
Colin was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and lived in Wisconsin until he was 4 years old. He spent most of his childhood and teenage years in Turlock, California.
He played youth football at 8 years old as a defensive end and punter. He then became his team’s starting quarterback at 9 years old.
When Colin attended John H. Pitman High School, he achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Colin was a jack of all trades in sports. He was a star basketball player in high school, taking his team to the regional playoffs where he lost to the top seeded team that included future NBA player Ryan Anderson. Kaepernick scored 34 points that game but Anderson scored 50.
He was also a star pitcher in high school. He reportedly was able to throw a 92 mph fastball and actually pitched 2 no-hitters in high school. He received many scholarships to college for his baseball accolades.
He was also the star quarterback for his high school team, but he only received one scholarship to play football in college. It was to the University of Nevada.
He had his mind set that he wanted to play football in college, so in 2007, he enrolled at the University of Nevada.
In 2009, 2 years into his college career, Colin was drafted by the Chicago Cubs to pitch in Major League Baseball.

With his heart set on football, he declined signing with the Cubs.
Some might say that was a dumb decision, but his choice on staying in college led him to become the only player in NCAA division-1 history to pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards.

In 2011, he was selected by the San Francisco 49ers as the 36th overall pick in the NFL draft.
In his first season, Kaepernick mainly sat on the bench as Alex Smith was the 49ers’ starting quarterback.
It wasn’t until week 11 of the 2012 season when Kaepernick finally got his chance due to a concussion suffered by Alex Smith.

Week 11’s game against the Chicago Bears was Colin’s first NFL start and he was spectacular, throwing for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns with zero interceptions. They won handedly 32-7.
Alex Smith was cleared to play the next game, but coach Jim Harbaugh chose to go with Kaepernick.
This decision was highly questionable at the time as Alex Smith was 19-5 under coach Harbaugh and led the league in completion percentage at 70% and was 3rd in the league in passer rating at 104.1.

Despite Smith’s great track record, coach Harbaugh chose to go with Kaepernick the rest of the season because he was more dynamic because of his ability to throw the ball deep and run the ball.
This decision proved to pay dividends. In his first career postseason start, Kaepernick set the NFL single-game record for most yards rushed by a quarterback at 181.
He was able to lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl that year but lost a grueling matchup to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31.

In 2014, he signed a massive contract extension that was reportedly worth $126 million. Despite the reported value, he is not set to make nearly that much.
$12.3 million of it was guaranteed as a signing bonus, but he only made $645,000 as salary in 2014. In 2015, he was supposed to make $12.4 million in salary, but he only made $10.4 million due to poor performance.
And every year, the salary will keeping dropping by $2 million if he is not selected to the first or second team All-Pro or if the 49ers don’t make the Super Bowl the previous season.
His $1 million donation announcement hurts him a lot more than people realize.

In July 2015, Colin reportedly started dating radio and TV host, Nessa Diab, aka Nessa. She is an American Muslim, another persecuted group in the United States.
She was best known for her celebrity interviews for a San Francisco based radio station and Youtube. Those gigs eventually landed her a job at MTV hosting various shows.
The two went publicly announced their relationship in February 2016.

During this year’s preseason games, Colin made headlines by refusing to stand for the national anthem.
Social media has exploded with many people angry at Kaepernick for being “spoiled” and “un-American”. Supporters of his protest have also voiced their opinions on the subject as well.
Despite all the negative backlash he’s received, Colin told the media that he will continue to sit during the national anthem. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed… If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”

Colin’s birth mother is Heidi Russo, who happens to be white. She had him at 19 years and could not afford to provide for him and raise him properly. Colin’s biological father was an African American who had already left Heidi before Colin was even born.
Heidi has actually made headlines along with her estranged son, by criticizing Colin of embarrassing himself and shaming America and his family by his protests:

 She took to Twitter to lecture her son, tweeting at him directly and using hashtags like #besmarter and #berespectful.
Here are some of the tweets that Heidi Russo, Colin’s biological mother, tweeted regarding the situation:

@Kaepernick7 There's ways to make change w/o disrespecting & bringing shame to the very country & family who afforded you so many blessings.

@Kaepernick7 The path less traveled doesn't need to be one of destruction. #beenthere #besmarter #berespectful
After receiving many responses to her tweets, she tweeted more..
She then went on to clarify her stance on the situation after the public backlash she received from her original tweets:
I'd like to be very clear on this issue, I absolutely support Colin standing up 4 what he believes in. Racism is alive & well in America.

However, I personally do not agree with the manner in which he chose to do it.

Since his protests, many other athletes have joined him in his plight of social justice. First it was his teammate, Eric Reid, who took a knee with him to show solidarity during the national anthem. Then Jeremy Lane of the Seattle Seahawks sat during the anthem to show he stood behind Kaepernick and his message.
Three days later, Megan Rapinoe made headlines when she knelt during the anthem before a soccer match between the Seattle Reign and Chicago Red Stars. She said as a gay American, she knew what it meant to look at a flag that didn’t protect all her liberties. She also added that it was important for white people to support people of color on the issue.

Soon after, entire teams began to show their support for Kaepernick’s message. Four players on the Miami Dolphins took a knee. The entire Seattle Seahawks team linked arms with one another during the anthem. The Kansas City Chiefs followed with linked arms before their game against the Chargers.
A slew of other high school, college, and professional sports teams followed suit. Some knelt, some linked arms, some raised their fists, but all supported the cause. Most notably, every player on the Indiana Fever of the WNBA knelt during the anthem before their first playoff game.
Most recently, teams in the NBA has responded to Kaepernick’s protests. Their preseason started on Oct. 4th, more than a month after Kaepernick began his plight.
Both the New York Knicks led by Carmelo Anthony and the Houston Rockets led by James Harden linked arms with each other to show solidarity. The entire Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, and Los Angeles Lakers followed suit.
Singer Leah Tysse also made headlines in mid-October when she knelt during a portion of her national anthem performance before a Kings game.

Unfortunately, Colin has made headlines again more recently, but for all the wrong reasons. First, it was found out that he didn’t vote in this year’s election after preaching that everyone should do their part to produce change in the country. It was later discovered that he isn’t even registered to vote.
His excuse was that it didn’t really matter who he voted for because the “whole system is oppressive”.

And most recently, he’s been getting a lot of attention for wearing a shirt with Fidel Castro on it just 2 days after he died. What’s worse is that he did it while his team played in Miami, a city that has a very big Cuban population.
When asked why he chose to wear the shirt, he said that he agreed with Castro’s stance on investing in education, universal healthcare and helping to end the apartheid in South Africa. He never once mentioned Castro’s heinous acts of oppression against his own people. How can he be against oppression and support an oppressor at the same time?

Despite the negative reactions to his protests, Kaepernick says he plans to kneel for the foreseeable future. He also put his money where his mouth is and donated the first $1 million he made this season to organizations that aim to help communities affected by police brutality and racial injustices.
During the media frenzy, Colin’s jersey shot up to the No. 1 best selling jersey in the NFL. In another true act of generosity, he vowed to donate 100% of his share of the sales back into the communities.