Just days from now, the NFL season will be back in full force. Actually…that may be a bit of a misnomer.
You see, the league will be starting the season with the same amount of teams and stadiums as last year, and just as many administrative assets, but they won’t be back in full force. Something will be missing:
After last season’s anthem debacle, it is almost guaranteed that the NFL is looking at another season of lowered expectations. Further clouding the future of the game of American football is ESPN; a one-time sports network that has dedicated much of its recent coverage to politics. This move have alienated a number of viewers of the network, who were likely already steaming from the National Football League’s unwillingness to address the fans’ concerns.
Now, the man who got this all started, still-unemployed Colin Kaepernick, is back to bank off of the coming NFL train wreck himself.
For those of you wondering how former 49er and famed anthem protester Colin Kaepernick plans to earn an income in his life after football, you may have just gotten a big part of the answer.
TMZ Sports is reporting that Colin Kaepernick is attempting to trademark his “I’m with Kap!” slogan for clothing.
According to TMZ Sports:
Kap’s been using the mantra since the beginning of his schism with the NFL … with the hashtag taking off on social media, and celebrities like G-Eazy, Kenny Stills and Harry Belafonte rocking shirts bearing the slogan.
Now we’ve learned Kap has filed paperwork in California to own he slogan for use on shirts, hoodies, caps and other apparel.
Not only will this perpetuate the discussion further into the season than at all necessary, (which is a redundant qualifier at this point any way), but it will also reinforce the idea that there is nothing but money to be made off of this controversy. Kaepernick is essentially monetizing his activism for personal gain, and all of the angry millennials who hang on his every social media post will be funding his non-career.
It’s a good racket if you can get it, I suppose.