by G. Brown
After being berated by everyone from the president to White supremacists (some will say that’s redundant), it seems the dark cloud hanging over Colin Kaepernick may finally have a silver lining. Make that a million silver linings.
Page Six says Kaep “has inked a book deal worth just over $1 million with Random House imprint One World“. Kaepernick has become one of the most admired and hated quarterbacks in the NFL since beginning his protest against police brutality and racial injustice.
The former SF 49er began a silent protest a year ago by deciding to take a knee instead of standing during the national anthem. Some of his team and league mates joined Kaep at times…others admonished his protest as grand standing and “unpatriotic”. As the ‘kneel or stand’ debate raged on around him, Kaep held his ground. Since opting out of his contract earlier this year, no team has hired the quarterback.
No word on what the book will be about, but just the idea that Kaepernick may land on his feet is enough to bring out the worst in some people. One man on twitter posted…
So, who is writing this book for Kaepernick?https://t.co/WSk83YSLFG
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) October 24, 2017
Kaepernick could use a ghostwriter—it’s not like he would be the first. Donald Trump branded himself as an amazing businessman base d on his book “The Art of the Deal”—a book he didn’t write. Writer Tony Schwartz wrote the book that spent 48 weeks on the Times best-seller and sold more than a million copies. Schwartz came out of the shadows and broke his silence about being the true writer after he saw Trump using the book to fuel his run for the White House saying, “I put lipstick on a pig. I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump…and made him more appealing than he is.” While Schwartz alleged that Trump didn’t have the smarts to write such a book, apparently Kaepernick does.
Ninerswire says “Kaepernick earned a management degree from Nevada before turning pro in 2011. He had a 4.0 GPA in college and scored an impressive 38 on the Wonderlic test before the NFL draft.” I had to look up that Wonderlic test…it measures one’s ability to problem solve in a range of occupations. A score of 20 is considered average intelligence and what the NFL normally requires of a player. The league usually wants a QB to score 21.
Maybe the person behind that wise crack didn’t mean to be offensive, but plenty of people were offended.
You think a black man can’t write his own book? Careful, your racist elitism is showing…we all see it.
— PolarizingFigure?? (@Fullfigurefacts) October 25, 2017
The guy on the left (@BrentScher) thinks the guy on the right is incapable of writing…
Hmmm… ? pic.twitter.com/F21oOSiBxa
— ?? 패 김정 남 ?? (@writer_nw) October 25, 2017