In an age when social media and cable television have empowered many who normally wouldn’t have a voice, many have used the various platforms to do good, others not so much.
This story may not have been intended as a troll by former quarterback Michael Vick of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick but it elicited a brutal clap back from Kaepernick, even though Vick went out of his way to clarify what he actually meant.
Clearly, the damage was done and Colin Kaepernick was having none of it.
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Michael Vick backtracks after saying Kaepernick needs to cut Afro
Michael Vick is backpedaling on his comments Monday that advised Colin Kaepernick to lose his Afro in order to increase his chances of signing with an NFL team.
Vick, the former QB who returned to the league after spending 21 months in prison for his role in a dogfighting ring, was asked on FOX Sports 1 what it’s like for someone considered “toxic” to find a new squad.
“First thing we got to get Colin to do is cut his hair,” Vick said on “Speak for Yourself.”
“I’m not up here to try and be politicially correct, but even if he puts cornrows in I don’t think he should represent himself in that way,” Vick continued. “Just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut. You know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot. … All he needs to do is just try to be presentable.”
On Tuesday morning, Vick withdrew his hair-do argument on Twitter.
“Colin Kaepernick’s hair has nothing to do with him not being on a NFL roster right now. Let’s be clear!” Vick wrote. “I wish only the best for Colin. I stand by what I’ve said about him being signed at some point this season to help a NFL club. I think he is a great kid who has a bright future and I’m looking forward to seeing him on the field again. Trust and believe what I said was not in malice.”
Kaepernick’s hair became especially noticeable during his polarizing protest of police brutality in which he took a knee during the national anthem last season with the 49ers. The 29-year-old, who said he will no longer kneel during the anthem, remains a free agent, which many believe is due to the NFL blackballing him.
However, Vick attributed Kaepernick’s free agency to his play.
“I think primarily the reason why he isn’t signed to a team right now is because of the last two seasons and not being as productive as everybody thinks,” Vick said Monday. “It has nothing to do with him being blackballed.”
Shortly after Vick’s post, Kaeperick shared a definition of Stockholm syndrome on his Twitter page.