The pendulum continues to swing back on Colin Kaepernick as more former players sound off on his perceived lack of actual impact, willingness/ability to play football, and just overall questions of his intention.
This time it was former All-Pro, and no stranger to controversy himself, Pacman Jones.
Jones follows other former elite players Antonio Brown and Shawne Merriman in wondering aloud what the actual purpose of Kaepernick is at this point. Going from flash point to front man at best, phony at worst.
Jones — who actually watched Kaepernick throw last month — said that he (like the others) isn’t entirely sure what Kaepernick has done for his community, since settling his lawsuit with the NFL back in 2019.
“As far as the community part, I think AB is right,” Jones told TMZ. “We haven’t heard anything that Kaep did for the community or given back to the community after the settlement.”
Jones took a flip side from Brown, saying that Kaep can still sling it, and still could play.
“I just think it’s hard for a guy to fairytale for 2.5 hours, three hours every day throwing the ball if you don’t want to play,” Jones said. “I think he wants to play. Do he deserve to play? That’s another question. But, do he want to play? I do think he wants to play.”
Brown had previously called the former signal caller “trash.”
“[The NFL] gave him the money and they gave him the commercial… we don’t feel sorry for you, you took the deal!,” Brown said.
“He don’t wanna play man, he was trash. Listen man, Kaepernick did all that and took the money and got the commercial. We don’t see Kaepernick outside [working].”
Kaepernick broke into the NFL in a big way, going 17-6 in his first 23 starts, and going 4-2 in the playoffs while leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl. After an 8-8 season sandwiching the first two years of his career with the last two marking a turning point in his results. Over his final run of starts he was 3-16, ultimately getting benched before starting to kneel, drawing attention to police brutality and using that as a springboard to his activism career.
Merriman, another former All-Pro, agreed with AB.
“He makes some valid points about Colin Kaepernick, saying that, you know, he took the money from the NFL. The settlement. The Nike commercials — all these things,” the former Chargers linebacker said.
“Well, I think a lot of people think that way about all the other stuff that Colin Kaepernick has going on, and his opportunities that he’s had to get back in the NFL, and just hasn’t.”
Kaepernick has not replied to the commentary questioning his integrity.
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