Tiki: Colin Kaepernick Unlikable, "Taking Entitled Stance"

Kaepernick has a lot of talent, Tiki Barber says, but he didn't seem to appreciate the opportunity he had this past weekend 

Tiki and Tierney
November 18, 2019 - 6:01 pm

Colin Kaepernick made a power play Saturday, refusing to participate in a private workout as organized by the NFL. Instead, Kaepernick moved the location of the workout and performed on his own terms.

Some people loved the move; others, not so much.

“I almost feel like Colin Kaepernick is taking on an entitled stance right now,” Tiki Barber said Monday on Tiki & Tierney. “At the end of the day, it is a privilege to play in the National Football League; it is not a right. Nobody is guaranteed the right to play in the National Football League. You have to be an upstanding citizen, for the most part. You have to be a good athlete. You have to be intelligent because there’s so much you have to learn. You have to be able to get along with your teammates. All these things that we talk about it takes to be an NFL athlete is earned. It’s not just given to you because you have this God-given talent.”

Kaepernick threw for 12,271 yards and ran for 2,300 in six NFL seasons, accounting for 85 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He told reporters Saturday he’s “been ready for three years” but has “been denied for three years.”

“It’s almost like he wants special treatment, and that bothers me,” Barber said. “There’s so many players who, if everything went perfectly right in their existence, would never get this opportunity to have a full open workout with scouts . . . and here’s my chance to make it. Nobody gets that. Colin got it, and he acted like he didn’t appreciate it. It’s off-putting.”

Whether an NFL team gives Kaepernick another shot remains to be seen.

“I commend Colin Kaepernick for what he’s done over the last three or four years,” Barber said, “but God, he’s unlikable. And it’s frustrating to me because he has so much talent, and I actually don’t want to see him play on the football field.”