Think we can now get a clear understanding of how it now works. There’s a supreme being. S/he is draped in a garment that’s red, white and blue with 50 stars. The United States of America is the Holy Land. 45 is the human conduit between earthlings and the most high. And lastly, football is the nationally sanctioned religion. Seems right to you? It does me. Especially since football is now approaching year-round play as we embark on the era of a newly minted football league, The Alliance of American Football (AAF).
The upstart appears to be a league that focuses more on team and sport as opposed to stars. Some of the fundamental differences being that all AAF players received three-year, $250,000 non-guaranteed contracts but bonuses can push up the rate. Full health benefits. Post career planning and scholarship opportunities for additional education, after the players choose to hang up their cleats. If a player seems to separate themselves from the pack, that player is free to leave if they gain interest from a team in the NFL, when their season culminates with their championship the weekend of April 26th—28th.
While that is their mantra thus far, that didn’t hinder their interest in seeking a huge box office/media draw. According to reports, the league reached out to the biggest linchpin in sports by offering a contract to a once top flight quarterback and also one of the nations’ biggest news makers in the person of Colin Kaepernick. Here’s where it all goes left. The league was in week two of its existence and we not only find out about the offer, we get reports that the asking price of Kaepernick was $20 million for the season; close to 10 times as much as the average salary of the leagues players. Now the narrative of Kaepernick as a narcissistic, money hawking, insincere, has-been is painted … or make that reinforced. Ironically this information was released to the public the day before news broke that Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid had reached a settlement in their collusion cases against the National Football League.
A joint statement from the league and the attorneys of the two players reads, “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.” So we don’t know what the terms are or the financial reward, but we can safely deduce that it was north of the $20 million that he requested to play for the fledging AAF. Additional reports have the sum at between 50 and 80 million.
These one-sided leaks attempting to besmirch the reputation of Kaepernick doesn’t hide the fact that Goliath lost. Kaepernick and Reid got that W!! Yeah!! Whatever the motivation of the social injustice protest, whether it was—as some believe—contrived, it was executed. The world took note and now they stand in the winners’ circle! Now the question to us….do we continue to move the chains or do we fumble?
Over and out. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the nightlife.