Joe Theismann Slams 49ers For Giving Kaepernick “Courage” Award
NFL analyst and former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann slammed Colin Kaepernick on Tuesday after he received a reward for courage.
The team voted and gave the Len Eshmont Award to Colin Kaepernick for his actions of kneeling during the National Anthem throughout the season.
The Len Eshmont award goes to the player “who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont,” according to the 49’ers website.
“This award doesn’t mean anything to me,” Theismann said while on Tuesday’s episode of “Outnumbered” on Fox News. “Inspired and courageous? You’re 2-14. What did he inspire? He’s [1-10] as a quarterback [this season]. What do you possibly inspire?”
For the 2016 NFL season, Colin Kaepernick knelt for the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and racial oppression. Many other high profile athletes joined his cause and knelt for the National Anthem such as former NFL running back Arian Foster and Bronco’s linebacker Brandon Marshall. Kaepernick has since received a great deal of criticism for his actions.
Theismann said in his appearance that he did not support Kaepernick’s actions.
“The players voted for it. You question players at times. They just sort of move along in mass and do this. I don’t agree with what he has done. As a matter of fact, the American flag, and I wear one on my lapel very proudly, no matter where I go, it stands for the right to be able to do the things that you want to do. To be able to stand up and have a difference of opinion and I agree with that part of it. But not when you are on the job. I would like to see the National Football League finally stand up and take a stance and say: as a part of our new policy, going forward, we are going to adopt the same policy that the NBA has. That you will stand for the national anthem.”