Three Non-Football Reasons Why Baltimore Would Be The Best City For Colin Kaepernick

Photo updated Oct. 1, 2017: A fan sits behind a sign referring to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the second half of the Washington team versus Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 10, 2017, in Baltimore. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Photo updated Oct. 1, 2017: A fan sits behind a sign referring to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the second half of the Washington team versus Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 10, 2017, in Baltimore. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Five years after his Super Bowl loss to Joe Flacco and the Ravens, Colin Kaepernick is still better than at least a dozen QBs who already have jobs; guys so awful that nobody would’ve paid attention if they were on the sidelines smoking weed during the national anthem. We shouldn’t even be having this conversation because Kaepernick would have been signed weeks ago. Except racism.


But since we’re here — and since I was a student in Baltimore in the Ray Lewis era — here are three great, non-football reasons the Ravens should sign Kaep before the end of the day:

1. The Two Rays

Before he met with Donald Trump last year and before he made a habit of dropping biblical references in his color commentary, Ray Lewis was charged with stabbing two guys to death in Atlanta. And we all saw what Ray Rice did in that elevator — I spent my entire summer of 2014 on CNN talking about it. Lewis beat the murder rap and was deified by Ravens fans for the rest of his career. Rice never played another snap in the NFL, but some of the classier Baltimorons still rocked his jersey to games.

If that’s the reception these guys got from Baltimore, I’m not here for any complaints about Kaepernick.

2. Lake Trout

Yes, it’s stereotypical to list greasy-ass fried fish as a reason a Black man should move to a city for a job. But Lake Trout joints are all over the place in Baltimore. That greasy-ass fried fish on two slices of white bread, plus fries and a half-and-half tastes good as shit and damn near got me through college. I struggle to think of a blacker thing than Kaep — afro in full splendor —  rolling up Park Heights or down Pennsylvania Avenue for a lake trout combo. And since he spent 2016 doing one Blackest Thing Ever after another, and being vilified for it, he gets to do this and y’all don’t get to say a damn thing.

3. Baltimore is Black as fuck

Polling firm J.D. Power yesterday released a survey of 9,200 obviously white people about their sports-watching habits in 2016. While ESPN (my former employer) ran with the headline that protests were the biggest reason people turned off football last year, the Washington Post debunked that thoroughly. Kaepernick’s presence in Baltimore would challenge the narrative that anthem protests are turning off football fans. This is, after all, where youth clashed with police over Freddie Gray’s death. It’s the same town that elected a prosecutor who took charged all six officers involved in the incident; the same town where jurors once acquitted a teenager accused in the death of an officer even though the kid had been literally been pulled out of the car as it was on top of the police cruiser because the jurors didn’t trust cops’ testimony.


It’s the same town where the US Department of Justice concluded that the police department “engages in a pattern or practice of: (1) making unconstitutional stops, searches, and arrests; (2) using enforcement strategies that produce severe and unjustified disparities in the rates of stops, searches and arrests of African Americans; (3) using excessive force; and (4) retaliating against people engaging in constitutionally-protected expression.”

Baltimore is not a town where a guy like Kaepernick will hear a lot of boos for protesting against police violence (at least not the same way he would in Kansas City or Pittsburgh) because Baltimoreans — 63 percent of whom are black — are too familiar with police misconduct. Ravens fans, at least a big chunk of them, would have no problem with Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem, even if he did it while eating a greasy-ass fish sandwich.

Keith Reed is a Pittsburgh-born writer and editor who's worked for ESPN Mag and The Boston Globe



EDIT: Scroll down and you'll see one of the other reasons in why I don't like him. He made fun of the Houston floods, a tragedy for my city. Prayers Up.

[Disclaimer: This is not my whole opinion on Colin, I'm only providing this argument as to way he may not be signed. I only typed this out because people were interested in my views, downthread. I have provided links to articles that backed up my thoughts. I could also provide more. If you have the time, I suggest you read them]

At this point it’s past the protests. It’s about the bad press and who Colin surrounds himself with. The likes of Shaun King (who have taken money from BLM protesters). Tariq Narsheed (hotep) and his girlfriend (that he
stole from his best friend/teammate Aldon Smith which caused a fight). Aldon was a great friend to Colin. Examples include supporting Camp Taylor both physically and monetarily. He didn't have to involve himself at all but Colin was his friend before the betrayal. Smith, Crabtree and other players on the 49ers left after this incident.……

I'm sure they've done background checks with whom he surrounds, as they do with everyone. Nessa is coming across as Miko Grimes for those that know her know what I’m talking about. Nobody has time for that. Both of these ADULTS are behaving like spoiled children when they don't get their way. Not only that, Colin hasn't said one mumbling word in his or her defense.

You can't even speak up for yourself and stand fully in your ish but you expect other people to speak up and rally for you a job??. You cannot ask for a job, then blast the company that will not hire you as racist. If that's the case, Google is racist since they keep rejecting me.

Colin has made silly decisions: not being registered to vote and not voting, saying he agrees with Castro education views, ignorance when it comes to Malcolm X (who I love, btw). He comes across as disingenuous and way over in his head. He comes across weak on his stances.…

In regards to charities and foundations because I will know this will be brought up: There are plenty of black players that are charitable and don’t need photo-ops to prove it such as Brandon Marshall, Nnamdi Asomugha, Warrick Dunn, and Russell Wilson. There are black players that are vocal and have been so since they entered the league.…

I am tired of this topic mostly because I want the focus to be on football but we cannot do that because every day there's an article about this man. I want to know how my Titans are doing lol