Absent real news in the lead up to Super Bowl LII next weekend– unless you’re interested in asteroids not hitting the Earth, event run downs at the Mall of America, or nostalgic meta-analyses where the media covers the media covering the Super Bowl– rumors are now going around that the NFL is pressuring the Oakland Raiders to sign Colin Kaepernick, under the cynical logic that this would somehow absolve both the League and the Raiders from being held responsible for their complicity in blackballing Kaepernick during the 2017 season and for their clear failure to adhere to the Rooney Rule during their head coach recruiting process that ended (or really, began) with their signing Jon Gruden to an absurd 10 year, $100 million contract a few weeks ago, respectively.
But forget about whether or not these rumors are true. Let’s take a moment to remember how chickenshit and insane Kaepernick’s blackballing was this past year and hope that the NFL won’t get off as easy as these rumors imply. If you’ve never checked out Jon Bois’ Chart Party video series, now is an excellent time to start and his piece on the disingenuousness of the terms of Kaeperick’s unemployment during the 2017 season is among his best.
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