Colin Kaepernick must have his head buzzing right about now.

He started life with a mixed bag of luck. He was born to a 19-year-old White woman and an unknown Black father. Fortune stepped in when he was adopted by the Kaepernicks, a White family. Early on, his fortunes began to rise as an outstanding athlete. He played football, basketball and excelled in baseball, so much so that he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2009. He took a pass and stayed in school, graduating with a 4.0 average.

The issue I am here to address is his suspected blackballing from the NFL. Last year, he remained seated during the national anthem to draw attention to the atrocities being performed against African-Americans in this country. The media jumped on a fresh story and it ballooned way out of proportion. There is no better story for the talking heads than the fall of a hero. His protest came a few seasons after his loss to the Ravens in the 2012-13 Super Bowl. The 49ers brass didn’t take long to find fault with his play after that fiasco, and his stock went from the penthouse to the outhouse.

With Kaepernick now a free agent, teams seem to employ the party line that “he doesn’t fit into our system.” The same system Kaepernick was running in San Francisco, Russell Wilson is running in Seattle, and Cam Newton is running in North Carolina. Let one of those guys test the free agent market, and get ready to count the teams standing in line trying to sign them.

The treatment of Colin is akin to kicking a dog when he is down. There are demonstrations all across the league. Derek Carr and Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders do a semi embrace during the anthem. This is a show of solidarity, a reflection on the possibility of race being ignored and friendship being displayed.

A good example of picking on the little kid in the schoolyard is the absence of sanctions against guys like Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who sports the nickname “Beast Mode.” If that doesn’t get your attention, just remember, “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape.” Nobody is messing with Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett. If you are looking for pain, you would be better off trying to wrestle a bear in a telephone booth.

The flip side of this equation is the support Colin is getting. NAACP leaders in six cities agree with Colin and his protests against racism and police brutality. The Atlanta Chapter is planning to stage the world’s largest tailgate at the $1.5 billion Mercedes Benz Stadium, as a way of taking a knee in support of Kaepernick’s cause.

In addition, 75 New York police officers came together in support of his cause. This group was led by Frank Serpico, a crusader against police corruption and wrong-doing whose story was told in a major Hollywood film.

To emphasize the bullying tactics displayed by this apparent blackballing, take a look outside of the NFL. There are Muslims in the workplace all across America. Muslim Women cover their heads and we see a constant reminder of their beliefs. They are free to seek employment and prove that they can do the job. Colin Kaepernick has proven he can do the job.

He hasn’t been barred from the league for fighting in public. He isn’t going around making it rain in strip joints, and there has been no mention of spousal abuse.

Despite the seeming injustice against Kaepernick, I agree with NFL Hall of Famer and social justice advocate Jim Brown: “His cause is righteous, but he has chosen the wrong method.”

Tim Lacy

Special to the AFRO