Michael Vick knows a thing or two about having the “wrong image.”
Retired NFL player Michael Vick apologized to current NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick for saying he should cut his hair and change his appearance on Tuesday while on FS1’s Speak For Yourself, according to ESPN.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 17, 2017
The comment went viral, and Vick was heavily criticized for shunning Kaepernick’s blackness.
“Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct. Even if he puts cornrows in there, I don’t think he should represent himself in that way in terms of just the hairstyle,” said Vick.
It was confusing to black viewers, especially when Vick began speaking about how Kaepernick needs to change his image. Social media users started to remind the 37-year-old of 2007.
At the beginning of Vick’s career, he played quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons and wore cornrows which are a protective hairstyle for black people. Also, Vick was on the verge of becoming one of the greatest quarterbacks of his generation, but he went to prison for 21 months due to hosting a dog fighting ring.
“Just go clean-cut. You know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot of controversy surrounding this issue. The most important thing that he needs to do is just try to be presentable,” said Vick.
Kaepernick only wants to embrace his blackness and stand against the injustices that are destroying black individuals and families. For over a year, Kaepernick has been participating in activism and helping the black community in numerous ways. One act of kindness that made media headlines was Kaepernick donating suits and ties to black men so that they would be prepared for their job interviews.
Even though the NFL has blackballed Kaepernick, he continues to make moves that are more meaningful than playing football.
A few weeks ago, Kaepernick traveled to Ghana and Eygpt to learn about his ancestry and more about the African culture.
Vick was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, and he stated how sorry he was for his comments towards Kaepernick.
“At the end of the day, what I said, I should have never said. I think it was taken out of context in regards to what I was trying to convey, but I only want to help Kaepernick. I’m not a general manager; I’m not the guy who makes the decisions on getting him signed, and I’m truly sorry for what I said. I think I should have used a better choice of words. Obviously, his Afro has nothing to do with him being signed, and I wasn’t trying to relay that message. It was more so about helping him at the end of the day. In all my interviews, all I have ever tried to do is help him and talk positive,” said Vick.
However, Kaepernick responded with a tweet of the Stockholm syndrome definition, which means the victim shows remorse for their perpetrator.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 18, 2017
I guess Vick’s apology was not accepted.