Michael Vick on Colin Kaepernick

Michael Vick made a rumble on Monday when gave his two cents on why Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent, and now he’s trying to clean up the mess. Vick said Kaep doesn’t have a job because he failed to succeed on the field, and many people would agree with that. But one of his main talking points was Kaepernick needs to cut his afro and go with a “clean cut” look if he wants a NFL team to sign him.

In an effort to clarify his comments, Vick actually contradicted what he said on “Speak For Yourself” and wound up taking back his words:

“Colin Kaepernick’s hair has nothing to do with him not being on an NFL roster right now. Let’s be clear! I wish only the best for Colin. I stand by what I’ve said about him being signed at some point this season to help a NFL club. I think he is a great kid who has a bright future and I’m looking forward to seeing him on the field again. Trust and believe what I said was not in malice.”

Of course, Vick’s first talking point during his “Speak For Yourself” appearance was that Kaepernick’s hair has something to do with him not being on an NFL roster right now. Vick added Kaepernick’s poor on-field production the last two seasons makes him an undesirable free agent, but he even said being presentable is “the most important thing” Kaepernick can do:

“First thing we got to get Colin to do is cut his hair. Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct, but even if he puts cornrows in it, I don’t think he should represent himself that way in terms of just a hairstyle. Just go clean cut. Why not? You’re already dealing with a lot of controversy surrounding this issue. The most important thing he needs to do is just try to be presentable.”

It’s not clear if the statement Vick tweeted on Tuesday was an apology, or if he thinks people simply misunderstood what he originally meant. It feels like the latter, but Vick’s original comments were pretty clear.


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