Shannon Sharpe weighs, opening the flood gates as he firmly stands up and speaks out against what Michael Vick had to say about quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Monday.
When Michael Vick appeared on Fox Sports 1’s Speak for Yourself and said that Colin Kaepernick needed to cut his afro in order to find himself back on an NFL team.
His exact words were, “Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct. Even if he puts cornrows in there. I don’t think he should represent himself in that way in terms of just the hairstyle. Just go clean- cut. You know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot of controversy surrounding the issue. The most important thing that he needs to do is just try to be presentable.”
On Tuesday, Sharpe said, ” What Michael Vick just did was continually perpetuate a stereotype that black men look a certain way, dressed a certain way, should be judged a certain way. What does Colin Kaepernick’s hair have to do with anything/ He has to reform his image from what?”
Sharpe proceeded to directly attack Michael Vick by comparing the protesting that Kaepernick did last season to the dogfight that Vick did… the crime that sent him to jail in 2007.
“Michael, you went to prison! You are a convicted felon! You needed to change your image!” Sharp shouted at his co-panel hosts- Skip Bayless, Joy Taylor and analysts Rob Parker. “All Kaepernick did, Sharpe noted, was take a knee to protest over the way he felt African Americans were being mistreated and sometimes killed by police officers in certain parts of the country.”
He continued with saying, “The officers that were doing this killing were not being held accountable for their killings. We keep saying he’s disrespecting of the flag. We have yet to address the issue of what he tried to bring attention to.”
Sharpe continued saying that criticizing Kaepernick for not coming out and asking for a team to hire him is hypocritical and he said it… “I don’t get it. He missed two years in the NFL but Michael Vick did’t have to tell anyone he wanted to play again.”
And he kept giving the facts out when he asked, “And guess how old Michael Vick was when he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles?” Sharpe said, “Twenty-nine.”
Yesterday morning Michael Vick tried to clear the air with a statement he posted to twitter that said:
Colin Kaepernick’s hair has nothing to do with him not being on a NFL roster right now. Let’s be clear! I wish only the best for Colin. I stand by what I’ve said about him being signed at some point this season to help a NFL club. I think he is a great kid who has a bright future and I’m looking forward to seeing him on the field again. Trust and believer what I said was not in malice.”
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