Sport Dick Vitale defends ‘blackballed’ Colin Kaepernick on Instagram

00:51  09 august  2017
00:51  09 august  2017 Source:   MSN

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Dick Vitale didn’t mince words when talking about Colin Kaepernick . The colorful ESPN college basketball analyst offered his take on Kaepernick ’s situation in an Instagram post Tuesday, and it’s “Come on now, that’s unbelievable — that is being blackballed at its best,” Vitale said of the fact that

9k. SHARES. SHARE THIS STORY. ESPN talking head Michael Wilbon just dropped a bombshell about Colin Kaepernick . The guy has been begging for an NFL job for months. But no takers, it’s as if he has the plaque and he does – he is a disgrace.

Dec 10, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Vitale prepares for the UNLV Runnin' Rebels hosting the Duke Blue Devils at T-Mobile Arena.© Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Dec 10, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Vitale prepares for the UNLV Runnin' Rebels hosting the Duke Blue Devils at T-Mobile Arena.

Dick Vitale on Tuesday took to Instagram to passionately defend Colin Kaepernick, who remains without an NFL job.

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The iconic ESPN broadcaster points out in his post that while he doesn't necessarily agree with the Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the national anthem, he defends the quarterback's right to do so.

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Count Dick Vitale on team Kaepernick . The longtime ESPN personality posted an Instagram video declaring that he was outraged over his realization that the former 49ers quarterback is being blackballed Spike Lee tweets announcement about rally for Colin Kaepernick at NFL HQ with typo.

Dick Vitale (@DickieV). Dickie V is a longtime college basketball analyst with ESPN.

Vitale also argues that Kaepernick is in fact being blackballed by the league, despite NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, among others, suggesting that's not the case.

Hey I want to hear what my twit fam feels about this @NFL issue / Do u agree or disagree with my take ? @espn

A post shared by Dick Vitale (@dickiev_espn) on Aug 8, 2017 at 10:18am PDT

“Come on now, that’s unbelievable — that is being blackballed at its best,” Vitale said. “Look, I didn’t believe and I didn’t really agree with the fact that he didn’t stand for the national anthem. But that it is his right. That’s the First Amendment.”

It warrants mentioning that Vitale previously criticized Kaepernick over the latter's anthem protest. Last August, just as the controversy was in its earliest stages, Vitale took to Twitter to criticize Kaepernick over the protest.

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Vitale provides for an interesting case study on the ongoing Kaepernick saga. While Vitale disagrees with Kaepernick's methods, he will defend the quarterback's right to exercise them.

Kaepernick’s continued unemployment remains one of the more confounding story lines in the NFL, especially given how the likes of Jay Cutler have managed to catch on with teams.

Countless theories have been forwarded as to the reasons behind Kaepernick remaining unsigned, including his decision to be a vegan, among other arguably dubious explanations. Although it appears the prevailing one is that NFL teams fear a potential backlash should they sign Kaepernick.

Still, until Kaepernick signs with an NFL team -- if he ever does -- his name will continue to be the source of much debate. And the case can be made Kaepernick will remain a controversial figure regardless of his NFL future.

Alex Smith finds it 'crazy' that Kaepernick is still unsigned .
Alex Smith got to witness Colin Kaepernick’s work ethic first-hand when the two were teammates for two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, and he feels it is “crazy” that no team has signed Kaepernick with just three weeks to go until the start of the regular season. Alex Smith got to witness Colin Kaepernick’s work ethic first-hand when the two were teammates for two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, and he feels it is “crazy” that no team has signed Kaepernick with just three weeks to go until the start of the regular season.

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