Colin Kaepernick Responds to Michael Vick's Advice to 'Cut His Hair'

Jerome Frank
July 19, 2017

Vick was out of line, and emphatically wrong when he said "First thing we gotta get Colin to do is cut his hair".

"Colin is a great kid and I am just going off of my experience because when I wore the gold chains and cornrows I was viewed as this bad boy but the hairstyles and stuff didn't represent me". Even if he puts cornrows in there. Just go clean cut. "Unless you talk to Colin personally, you probably won't know", Vick said.

After describing "some controversy surrounding him that has to do with his protest" and then leading Vick by reminding him that he believes it has nothing to do with being blackballed, Whitlock got the former Falcons and Eagles quarterback to offer his thoughts on why Kaepernick hasn't found a spot on an National Football League roster.

"I just think perception and image is everything", Vick continued.

Michael Vick, the former quarterback who retired in 2015, doesn't believe the lack of interest in Kaepernick is due to his iconic protest, which involved the QB taking a knee rather than standing during the US national anthem a year ago to draw attention to racism in the U.S.

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On Tuesday morning, Vick withdrew his hair-do argument on Twitter. Seemingly regretful, he said "I didn't listen until the end, until I was going through the turmoil and the hardships, and it was very hard".

The 29-year-old opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of last season, and is yet to sign with a new team-a topic heavily debated. But we know where Kaepernick is going with this: He's not going to let anyone or anything dictate his mindset, much less his appearance. But I want him to also succeed on and off the field.

Nothing Vick said will matter when it comes to a team giving, or not giving, Kaepernick a job.

Before N.F.L. games last season, Kaepernick knelt, in protest against racism and police brutality, during the playing of the national anthem. But Vick, whether he realizes it or not, has given the anti-Kaepernick crowd plenty of easy ammunition for the truth-is-an-annoyance political fight that will continue to rage regardless of whether he continues to be unemployed.

But Vick thinks Kaepernick's struggle to find employment has more to do with his performance on the football field than anything that happened off of it. Kaepernick has gone 3-16 as a starting quarterback over the last two seasons.

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