Originally written November 30, 2012 on Pro Football Zone:
Om Wednesday, David Whitley of Sporting News published an article slamming San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for having tattoos on his arms.  I know it sounds stupid and it is. Kapeernick’s parents have come out and expressed their unhappiness with the article. Suffice to say that Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, the parents who adopted Colin as a baby, weren’t happy with the analysis comparing their son to inmates. And they relayed their feelings to USA TODAY Sports. “It annoyed me,” Teresa said. “You are categorizing this kid on something like tattoos? Really? Saying other guys are role models because they don’t have them? Really? Some of these other guys don’t have crystal clear reputations. That’s how you’re going to define this kid? It’s pretty irritating, but it is what it is.” Rick wasn’t angry over the article. “Colin’s a fairly religious kid, but he’s not in your face about it,” Rick said by phone. “It’s more about him and what he believes.” “This guy has probably never talked to Colin,” Rick said. “Instead of saying that Colin does all these great things and donates his time to children, this guy is going to make him out like a gangster. Really? I guess you just have to roll with the punches. “Somebody asked me if I got mad about that. I said no. It’s just a guy and his opinion. I could have an opinion about him, but I’ve never met the guy, so I don’t know if my opinion would be right.” I find it very sad how close minded Whitney is after reading what he wrote.  It’s people like him in this country that we should be concerned about.  I find it very sad that he wasted the time and effort to write about a football player’s tattoos.     var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = 'http://widget.crowdignite.com/widgets/27484?_ci_wid=_CI_widget_'+_CI.counter; script.async = true; ref.parentNode.insertBefore(script, ref); })(); sr_adspace_id = 1000005525107; sr_adspace_width = 300; sr_adspace_height = 250; sr_ad_new_window = true; sr_adspace_type = "graphic";
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