Although there are pockets of support in the NFL’s front offices for Colin Kaepernick, the majority of execs “despise him. Truly, truly hate him.”
That’s according to the Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, who says the negative sentiment regarding Kaepernick far outweighs the positive from NFL higher ups.
“I don’t want him anywhere near my team,” one front office executive allegedly said. “He’s a traitor.”
Freeman reports that one executive said he hasn’t seen this vitriol against a player from NFL execs since Rae Carruth – who went to prison for a plot to murder his pregnant girlfriend.
“He has no respect for our country,” another team executive said. “F–k that guy.”
Another exec even said that he’d resign before signing Kaepernick to a team.
“In my career, I have never seen a guy so hated by front office guys as Kaepernick,” one general manager said.
As the hatred for Kaepernick stews within the organization’s elite, another controversial former player’s name came to light this Wednesday.
Darren Sharper was a five-time Pro Bowl safety who is currently serving an 18-year prison sentence for drugging and raping women in four states.
When the nominees for the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced on Wednesday, Sharper’s name was among them.
He also was nominated last year, but received zero votes from the selection committee. As far as the qualifications for nomination go, character isn’t among them, so Sharper still has a chance.
“A player and coach must have been retired at least five years before he can be considered,” according to the Hall of Fame website.
“This is not a character flaw, however. This is something even Sharper described at his sentencing as ‘heinous,’” Mike DeCourcy wrote for the AP. “This is not someone who was mean to reporters or undermined his teammates or got in one too many bar fights. This is someone who has acknowledged he drugged women—notice the plural there—for the purpose of forcing himself on them while they were incapacitated.”
The NFL clearly has some priority problems. In March of 2010, Pittsburg Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was accused of raping a 20-year-old-college student. The story goes that he met her in a bar, bought her several shots of alcohol, and then had “one of his bodyguards take her to an isolated hallway at the back of the bar where Roethlisberger exposed himself to her.”
As the bodyguard stood watch in the hall, the unidentified woman “verbally resisted” and tried to escape, running to the first door she saw which ended up being a bathroom. Roethlisberger allegedly followed her into the bathroom and sexually assualted her.
Roethlisberger still plays in the NFL and has wide support from a lot of fans. In late August, he joined in with the anti-Kaepernick rhetoric during an ESPN interview.
— Roqayah Chamseddine (@roqchams) September 16, 2016
“When it comes to the National Anthem and the flag, I think it stands for something different,” Roethlisberger said. “You know, like you said, family, brothers, my grandfather served in the Navy—people that have served this country—men and women who’ve lost their lives…to me that’s the National Anthem we stand and support because they give us the freedom to play this game. We are so, so lucky to play a game that we love…and that’s because we have the freedom that soldiers have given us.”
Stories similar to Roethlisberger’s and Sharper’s are not isolated. As of December 2015, 44 NFL players have been accused of physical or sexual assault.
As the NFL tries to crucify one player for speaking out about civil rights in his own way, a culture that shows a dangerous disregard for women continues to flourish and receives nothing close to the chorus of outrage that has enveloped Colin Kaepernick.