Max Kellerman, co-host of ESPN’s “First Take,” took it upon himself this week to explain to the ever-dwindling number of ESPN viewers that boxing legend Muhammad Ali and mediocre NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick aren’t that different after all.
To make the outrage a little extra special, he also dropped a statement about the national anthem that’ll make your blood boil.
Kaepernick, as you remember, earned no small amount of detractors after repeatedly refusing to stand during the national anthem at football games. According to Kellerman, the NFL is “injecting politics by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place.”
Check it out here. Kellerman’s take starts about the 2 minute mark.
Kellerman and ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith were discussing a comparison made by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennet, who told a radio interviewer Kaepernick is “like Ali.” Kellerman agreed.
“In Muhammad Ali’s case, he was asked to take a step forward and become a part of the Vietnam War, and he was against it on religious and moral and ethical principles, and he refused to take the step and he faced five years jail time but was ultimately vindicated in a Supreme Court case,” Kellerman said.
“Colin Kaepernick also did not go looking for a protest. It came to him. He was asked to stand for the national anthem,” he said.
Brilliant. He just happened to stumble across a politically charged situation that he just had to abstain from, not an institution that has been in place for years.
“You do not have to stand for the national anthem,” Kellerman went on. “And even if it it was a rule that you did, is that Colin Kaepernick injecting politics in the NFL? No. That’s the NFL injecting politics by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place.”
You know what’s injecting politics where it doesn’t belong? Peddling psuedoanalytical garbage like this on a channel that’s supposed to be devoted to sports.
No wonder they’re losing viewers. They deserve to.
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