No need to tell that to Colin Kaepernick. He already knows.
Kaepernick was fined $11,000 after he was overheard uttering something that may have sounded like the 'n' word.
The 26-year-old plays quarterback for the 49ers. It was during a game with the Bears that he spoke the unspeakable.
Kaepernick says he didn't do it. A ref said he did do it. That's all that matters in the NFL.
No trial. No jury. No justice.
Granted, footballers are well known for their salty talk and are occasionally heard uttering four-letter words that were once banished from television by the FCC.
There is one word, however, that is far more offensive than any other word.
So much for free speech.
It's not that we're condoning the use of racial pejoratives. The same common courtesy that compels us to hold doors for strangers and refrain from belching in church prods our sensitivities to respect the dignity of others; even when they do such offensive things as intercepting a pass that leads to a touchdown.
Kaepernick's birth father, by the way, was black. That makes the quarterback as black as Obama.
For the record, Kaepernick signed a 6 year / $114 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers that included a $12,328,766 signing bonus, $61,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $19,000,000.
So say nothing about white privilege. I find it as offensive as the 'n' word.
While I'm guessing the fine won't infringe upon his lifestyle, it does infringe upon his rights.
After all, there are greater crimes than uttering the 'n' word.
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