The Kansas City Chiefs Are Not Blackballing Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Colin Kaepernick. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Andy Reid and Clark Hunt

Perhaps the most poignant bit of proof as to how the Kansas City Chiefs are not involved in any “blackballing” is the leadership of the team. If the Chiefs did not have their current quarterback situation and high expectations, it would be easy to connect Colin Kaepernick to them. Neither Andy Reid or Clark Hunt have shied away from controversial figures in the past.

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Of course, the most notable example of this is when Andy Reid gave a chance to Michael Vick after his time in prison for dog fighting. At the time, Vick was a hugely divisive figure in America. There were active protests against everything associated with him. However, Reid gave him a chance to regain his reputation as a player.

There are some other good examples here. Tyreek Hill is one that certainly stands out after his domestic violence incident. There is also Ryan O’Callaghan, the former Chiefs offensive tackle who has come out as homosexual (he previously divulged that information to KC leadership as a player). Kansas City has shown many times that they won’t shy away from controversy.

Does that mean there would be any interest in Colin Kaepernick? No, not at all. However, it does show us that the Chiefs are not the kind of team that hides its head when it comes to those that might draw a negative reaction. That certainly does dispel the notion that the Chiefs would be a part of any “blackballing” a particular player.

The Kansas City Chiefs are building a team they feel has a chance to make a deep run in the playoffs. They are not in a position to be worrying about the reaction to signing a player like Colin Kaepernick. What they are focused on is winning, and that focus would only be disturbed with a signing like that. So when you talk about “blackballing”, keep it out of Kansas City.