Thursday, August 03, 2017

NFL Is Not Immune from The Iron Rule of Business

Here is Richard Sherman perhaps lamenting poor Colin Kaepernick's employment woes or perhaps merely pointing out some logical dissonance...
"Now if you told me this guy threw eight pick-sixes last year and played like a bum, had no talent, that’s one thing,” Sherman told USA Today about Kaepernick, who threw 16 touchdown to four interceptions as a 49er last year. “But Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett or whoever is playing for the Jets right now — whoever is starting for the Jets is terrible — have jobs. You’re telling me fans would rather you lose and put a worse player out there because a guy took a stand? That’s where it’s so troublesome to me.”
Very good point.  Very incomplete point.  Very superficial thinking, and thus very besides the point.

Football performance is not the only consideration for employment in the NFL.  We all know it's a business and which particular employees to hire in the business is a multi-variate business decision.  And yes, Richard, fans' attitudes are highly relevant even if they are mercurial, off-putting or somewhat illogical.  Nobody has a right to play in the NFL and the customer is king, just like in any business.  If fans don't like Kaepernick, for any reason from his "stand" to his fro', it's their prerogative and his problem.  The customer is always right.  Owners understand this even if All-Pro players don't.

UPDATE:  In Other News:  Girlfriend of Guy Who Wants a Job, Insults Guy Who Might Give Boyfriend a Job.

UPPDATE:  Ugh, more of this foolishness here.  Truth hurts these guys but talent is fungible...Kaepernick could be 10 times better than he is and no one will miss him...there'll be another talent coming along soon enough and the world will forget.  The world, thus the NFL, simply doesn't need Colin Kaepernick.  Frankly, the world doesn't need half these guys.  If enough people don't see him as brave, but rather a dickhead, then he's a dickhead because they pay the bills.  Modern-day slavery yadayadayada.

Hey, I know how CK can revive his career.  Subject his views to debate...have a debate live on TV about these issues...the public would tune in in good faith.  Whoops, nope, they didn't teach that course at UNevada or wherever he happened to get a parchment from.  Make a phony-baloney stand with no accountability and the accountability will find you.


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