San Francisco 49ers‘ quarterback Colin Kaepernick has, for the first time, discussed the Miami “suspicious incident” that caused waves on social media and around the NFL. Could an up-and-coming star quarterback have been entering the same dark scenes that Ben Roethlisberger went through years ago?
Fortunately, based on later evidence, that does not appear to be the case. However, Kaepernick’s first comments, to a crowd at the 21st-annual Turlock, California Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, on the matter are quite interesting, according to The Modesto Bee:
It’s been put out that I did something wrong. Even though it’s a bad circumstance, a bad situation, I feel like ultimately I’ve been blessed because it’s changed my way of thinking. It’s made me stronger. It’s made me look at things differently . . . Even this morning, this is a blessing. It makes me very happy to know that people are staying behind me the way they have.
If this event did nothing else, helping Kaepernick see how scrutinized each and every one of his actions is can be nothing but a positive. This is a position that he is still getting used to. He did not have the spotlight shining on him at Nevada and, lest we forget, he has started less than two full regular seasons in the NFL. True, he has been on the cover of GQ, had his jersey top the NFL in sales, and been a huge topic of conversation, but he has also neglected the media by and large and showed a certain amount of apathy for his public image.
Though this is a bit refreshing, Kaepernick has been slowly cultivating an public perception closer to that of a typical “face of the franchise” type guy: squeaky clean, hard worker, etc, (just with tattoos). This circumstance is simply another lesson for a young man with an entire country watching and judging him, albeit one with a much stronger initial reaction.