Backlash to “Racial” Comments on Kaepernick’s Tattoos

Recently columnist David Whitley had some choice words in regards to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and his tattoos.  Whitley said it “looks like he just got paroled” and because of that cannot be considered a role model, especially at his position of quarterback.  Now many saw these remarks as racist and stereotypical and a backlash ensued.  Whitley however retorted with “If they were old enough to read, my two adopted African-American daughters would certainly be disappointed to find out I’m a racist.”

“It didn’t occur to me that admitting I’m not a fan of body art would be admitting I don’t like African-Americans.”

Whitley’s thought process was that quarterback is a revered position in football and should have a cleaner image, and should not be soiled by an image of a person with body ink.  Whitley alludes to convicted felons being proud of Kaepernick, etc.  Editors have made defense laters and more but the message has made its impression.  Even Kaepernick’s parents have spoken up on what happened, and they weren’t too thrilled.  Wonder if Whitley thinks the same about David Beckham and his body art?  For more details on this story read the article we found over at Daily Mail.

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