Bobby Knight is an individual who spent over 40 years of his career turning youngsters just out of high school into professional winners on the basketball court. He knows a thing or two about molding character, and that is why his comments about Colin Kaepernick are a bit surprising.
In a recent appearance on “Fox and Friends,” Knight said he would have replaced Kaepernick not for sitting out the national anthem but for being a distraction.
Within the locker room of any major sports team, there is a nucleus that has to be nurtured and grown organically. It is there these men are instilled with the goals of teamwork, pride, and the common pursuit of a goal. It is also there that a delicate balance can easily be disrupted by a “locker room cancer,” i.e. a distraction, and it throws off a winning strategy by getting members of the team off the prize.
Yes, Colin Kaepernick has gained at least some kind of following. He has appeared on the cover of a very important magazine.
No, it wasn’t Sports Illustrated, which has showcased many future Hall-of-Famers in their prime. It was Time because Kaepernick has become a hero of the modern deluded liberal left.
Like Kaepernick, liberals think this country owes them something, but Knight put that all into perspective:
“There’s no country in the world that provides better opportunities for people that are willing to work, willing to sacrifice, and I would have had a very difficult time playing with a guy like that, coaching a guy like that, or having him as a team member.”
The problem lies in the fact that there are other ways to promote your views. Kaepernick is a well-known professional athlete, so all he would have to do is fire off a tweet to share his opinion.
However, he not only chose to disrespect our nation, but he did his teammates a disservice. Black and white alike, the players and the coaches now have to be concerned about players losing focus.
And in the environment of the NFL—when a wide receiver is trying to catch a football with a 220-pound defender with the talent of an Olympic sprinter bearing down on him—focus is the ultimate key.
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