E05: Why Colin Kaepernick Is The Most Polarizing Figure In Sports

Former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick may be the most polarizing athlete in America. But what is it about Kaepernick's actions that have been so explosive? And why has he become the central focal point for so many larger issues in American culture today?

This podcast episode explores the multiple reasons as to how Colin Kaepernick became the most polarizing athlete in American sports. We unpack complex topics including the roll of the U.S. nation state in the NFL, racial tensions within American culture, and how social media helps and hurts athlete activism. Helping in that process is social media expert Kalle Eko and Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago, Ryan Jobson.

Guests: Kalle Eko - Social and Digital Media Expert; Ryan Jobson - Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago

Show Notes

Colin Kaepernick explains why he won't stand during National Anthem, via KTVU

Concussion Legacy Foundation; The Concussion Legacy Foundation believes we all have a responsibility to ensure athletes can reach their full potential on and off the field. We are committed to protecting athletes and families through research, policy, and education.

Jackie Robinson: “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag” Craig Calcaterra via NBCSports

Seven Minutes in Panama: 42 and the Comforts of Civil Rights, Ryan Jobson via Postcolonial Networks

The Backlash Over Colin Kaepernick is just Americans’ Refusal to Acknowledge Racism — AgainVictoria M. Massie via Vox

Then and Now: Cam Newton and the Ongoing Plight of the Black QuarterbackLindsay Gibbs via ThinkProgress