Signing Kaepernick Amid Protests Would Be 'Token' Gesture: Jermaine Wiggins

Rob Bradford
June 01, 2020 - 10:07 am
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Over the weekend the idea of Colin Kaepernick returning to the NFL was surfaced once again.

In a story written for CNN, Joe Lockhart states that "Now is the moment to sign Colin Kaepernick." Lockhart -- the NFL's executive vice president in charge of communications and government affairs from 2016-18 -- states that the return of Kaepernick to the league he left behind in 2016 would send a powerful message to a country divided due to the George Floyd tragedy.

Jermaine Wiggins disagrees.

Appearing on the Greg Hill Show prior to his co-hosting show with Dale Arnold and Rich Keefe from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the former NFL tight end said that signing the 32-year-old Kaepernick now would be the equivalent of the idea recently floated by NFL which would have given teams extra draft picks if they hired and kept minority coaches and executives.

"He becomes the token signing," Wiggins said when the subject of the Patriots possibly looking at the quarterback came up. "He's what the whole coach proposal was as far as the minorities, your team getting better draft picks. You can't sign Kaepernick. ... The Kaep train, that one is way, way gone. That train has left a long time ago."

Whether or not Kaepernick returns, the conversation regarding the cause which made him such a polarizing figure -- police brutality -- has certainly immersed itself into all corners of the sports world. It is the kind of discussion that ultimately led to numerous NFL players taking Kaepernick's lead and kneeling during the National Anthem.

So, are we on the verge of seeing similar protests when sporting events do return?

"Maybe in the moment there is a little bit of it. But we've been here before," Wiggins said. "So maybe in the moment we're seeing all these protests and riots, but we've seen this before. What will happen? In a couple of weeks we'll be on to the next and then who knows? Whether it's six months, eight months, a year, two years. Who will be the next? I pray that nobody I know will be the next George Floyd."

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