Is Colin Kaepernick really a bad role model?
Over the past few weeks, there have been numerous people who’ve criticized Colin Kaepernick’s tattoos. Their reasoning is that the tattoos are a bad influence to kids and makes them want to get tattoos as well. What motivated this accusation is the idea that NFL quarterbacks are considered huge role models in the sports world for little kids. Thus, seeing a Super Bowl quarterback all tatted up has ruffled a few feathers, to say the least. However, I think that this criticism is complete BS. It just seems completely ridiculous that people can just label someone as a bad influence on children simply based on something they decided to put on their body. I mean, it’s not considered a bad influence when a player gets his ears pierced.
Kaepernick’s mom came out a couple of weeks ago and voiced her displeasure with the whole situation, saying that she couldn’t believe the stupidity of people to make such an accusation as that against her own son. She pointed out that the writers should be paying more attention to the other parts of his life story than on his tattoos. For instance, Kaepernick was adopted at five weeks, so that would make him a big role model for adopted children. Also, he’s black, which would endear him to black kids as a role model. Finally, he came from a small school (University of Nevada), which proves that you don’t necessarily need to go to some big name school in order to make it in the NFL.
However, some writers don’t want to focus on that stuff, but I’d implore them to look past the superficial aspects of Kaepernick’s person and instead look at his more important features, including his passion. After all, it is the passion of sports stars that’s most admired by kids, not their tattoos.