Somehow, someway, LeSean McCoy has called upon himself to comment about Colin Kaepernick‘s lack of employment in the National Football League. McCoy gave his take on Kaepernick to the media after Thursday’s Buffalo Bills‘ practice.
McCoy has never been a player who holds his tongue, and often times what he has to say is straight from the heart. His response when asked about why Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job was directly to the point.
“You’ve just got to look at all sides like, if I’m an owner or the GM of a team, do I want to put him on my team?” McCoy said. “Is he good enough to be on the squad to even deal with everything that’s going on?”
“That [Kaepernick’s kneeling for the anthem] may have something to do with it, but I think also it has a lot to do with his play,” McCoy said . “There’s certain players that could be on the team with big distractions, and there’s other players that it’s not good enough or not worth it,” via the Associated Press.
This isn’t something new when people talk about the quarterback’s unemployment this preseason, nor has it been a foundation that people like to argue. When Kaepernick’s career is brought up, fans tend to throw out last season’s 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions, but distraction is often the biggest obstacle that owners think about.
Another player that became a distraction — one that cost him a job in the NFL as well — is Tim Tebow. And owners came to the decision that his limited NFL skill set and distraction was too much for the league.
While the comparison between Tebow and Kaepernick really ends there, McCoy was asked about the distraction that quarterback Michael Vick brought into the NFL following his conviction and 18 months spent in prison for dog fighting charges.
“That’s a great example. Take a guy like Michael Vick, who went through all that he went through,” McCoy said. “He’s 10 times better than Kaepernick. So you’ll deal with that situation, you’ll deal with that attention, the media aspect of it, the good, the bad attention to it compared to Kaepernick,” via the AP.
The talk about Kaepernick will continue into the near future, but is distraction the reason?
Fans might never know if that is the real reason, so speculation and possible protests and boycotts are likely to continue into the regular season. However, LeSean McCoy may be right with his take as well.