Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown called Colin Kaepernick “trash” in an interview with TMZ and said that the quarterback turned philanthropist doesn’t want to play football anymore while questioning the work that Kaepernick has done “in the hood.”
“All that is cap,” Brown said. “We ain’t respecting that, bro. You took the money, the commercials. We don’t see you outside. We don’t see him in the hood. He don’t do nothing. Like, we cool. But, nah, we ain’t even stan Kaepernick.”
Brown is referencing a settlement Kaepernick made with the NFL following his lawsuit that stemmed from alleged collusion to keep him out of the league. He also references Kaepernick’s commercial deal with Nike in the interview.
“He took a deal,” Brown said. “We don’t feel sorry for you. You took the deal. F*** outta here.”
“Oh, Kaepernick!” he added in a mocking tone. “Man, you on f***ing Nike, man. F*** outta here.”
No financial figures have been disclosed from the Nike deal, but when it was signed in 2018 it was believed to be on par with deals Nike signed with the top stars in the NFL.
Details on Kaepernick and #Nike:
– It’s wide endorsement. He’s going to have his own branded line. Shoes, shirts, jerseys, etc. There will be Kaepernick apparel.
– Contract is a “star” deal on par with a top end #NFL player. Millions per year. Star deals also include royalties.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 3, 2018
Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016 season where he generated press by kneeling during the national anthem to promote racial injustice in America. He opted out of his contract following that season after going 1-10 and completing just 59.2% of his passes. Granted, he did have a good touchdown to interception ratio of 16-4.
Kaepernick, now 34, has claimed to want to play in the NFL again and has constantly posted videos showcasing him still working on his arm. Brown is going along with the critics who say that the videos and claims are an act, and Kaerpernick doesn’t want to play if given the chance.
Kaepernick did have a tryout scheduled by the NFL in 2019 that was to be attended by all 32 teams before he cancelled it two hours prior to it’s scheduling time. Him and his camp said that they didn’t like the waiver the NFL wanted him to sign, and they instead decided to hold their own tryout that was poorly attended by the league.
As far as the work that Brown claims Kaepernick hasn’t done, Kaepernick has he created the “Know Your Rights Camp” to help in the fight for social justice, donated $1 million to orgs with focused on social justice and even wrote a children’s book.
Brown though also remains unsigned at this point despite being statistically one of the greatest wide receivers of his generation. Brown being unsigned is largely due to his off-the-field troubles and antics. He’s faced heavy legal troubles over the last year and has kept himself in the spotlight through mostly negative reasons.
Brown forced a trade out of his longtime team with the Steelers, posted a video of himself cheering when he was cut by the Oakland Raiders and infamously jumped up and down the end zone after quitting mid-game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.