Shannon explains why he likes the idea of Colin Kaepernick writing a tell-all book
Shannon Sharpe tells Skip Bayless why he thinks that Colin Kaepernick has an interesting story that would make for a good tell-all book on his recent National Anthem protest situation and the repercussions of his endeavors.
- I think it's a good idea, Skip. He has a very interesting story. Colin Kaepernick's life is not the last 14 months of it.
You're talking about a young man that was born to a-- a biracial child, born to a white mother, adopted by an all-white family. And to get to that-- to the NFL, Super Bowl, and to where he is now-- and I'm sure that's a very tough position to be in. Because think about what he's doing, Skip. He's talking about-- he took a stance against social and racial injustice.
And the family that raised him and took him in was all white. And a lot of what's going on in America-- not all, but a lot of it-- the history of America, the whites played a major role in that. So imagine him, and imagine how his-- you know, his family-- and sometimes, I get this. I go through this a lot.
Because I know had it not been from the kindness of a lot of white people when I was growing up-- my grandmother had to borrow money to pay bills. She had to borrow money so we could-- [INAUDIBLE] could go on a 4H trip, or whatever. And she would always tell the guy, whose name was Joe Tatum-- and she called him-- she was older than he was. She called him Mr. Joe.
Say, Mr. Joe, them boys'll pay you back when they start working this summer. So-- and I understand it. Because not all-- there's no-- and I'm very careful, Skip and Joy. You know this. I'm very careful to never say "all" or "every."
I'm talking about bad. And there's good and there's bad in every race, religion, and whatever. But Colin Kaepernick really has a very unique story to tell. And I think he's writing this book, Skip, because I think he's come to the realization that his NFL career is over.
He's like, I threw my last pass in January. And free agency started two months later. And I didn't get a call until maybe May or June, maybe even July. Here we are. If I didn't get an opportunity two months after I threw my last pass, what makes me think I'm gonna get one 16 months later?
And then, now, he gets to tell his story. Because-- we all wanted him to sit down. But I think a lot of it had to do with him being afraid how it would be edited, how it would be cut, how it would make him look. Now he gets to tell his story.
This is verbatim, what he's thinking, what led him to-- what-- when did this epiphany happen? What led him to do what he did? And how is he dealing with it now?
So I think he has a very unique story. Colin Kaepernick is not 14 months. Colin Kaepernick is a 29-year-old young man.
And here is a guy that came into a situation, adopted by white parents as a biracial child, works his way to the NFL, starts a Super Bowl. And four years later, he can't find a job in the NFL. So I think he has a very compelling story to tell--