Following the 49ers’ 23-10 win over the Panthers, Colin Kaepernick met with the media in the above outfit. If you’ve seen Kaepernick, you know that such kind of an outfit is the norm for him.
But of course, since his starting NFL debut last season, old school reporters don’t like it. With the backwards cap, the tattoos and the “urban” look, he’s been a target of many. He doesn’t fit the mold of the old generation, which some people hold on to.
A Bills writer decided to voice his anger about it. (He would later delete it probably because he knew he was a fool for tweeting that.)
Kaepernick. Always so media friendly. Turn your cap around and act like a professional quarterback.—
Sal Maiorana (@salmaiorana) January 12, 2014
There are no dress code rules after players are done with their postgame press conferences. So what Kaepernick wore is perfectly fine. And during press conference, as long as it isn’t loud and tasteless, it’s fine.
The problem is that there are the stereotypes, the racism and all that jazz that still follows Kaepernick even though he’s been in the league for three seasons. Maybe Sal Maiorana is just trolling everyone. Or maybe he’s revealing that there are some media members (and maybe some fans) who just haven’t learned yet.
He wants every quarterback to be only one way. No individuality. None of that. Kaepernick must be like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. Only them. Not Tom Brady or Tony Romo. Yeah, Tony. Be a professional during the birth of your child! And oh yeah, this.
Of course, former Bills player Donte Whitner (who probably knows Maiorana) voiced his opinion. Whitner has ripped the Bills before after spending the early part of his career there. And maybe he’s just letting out some frustration while defending his teammate.
Everyone has an opinion, which is fine. But if it’s an unfair kind of opinion like this, then it will not go unnoticed. Not sure what Maiorana was looking for but people have noticed. I am just glad he didn’t attack the Marty McFly vest throwback.