The NFL season kicked off Thursday, signaling the unofficial start of fall.
In case you've been under a rock or out of the country, the biggest news in sports this week was not the Eagles unveiling their championship banner. It was Nike unveiling its ad featuring Colin Kaepernick.
The ad had its healthy share of support, including from myself. But of course, there was plenty of disdain as well.
There are plenty of double-standards I could touch base on here, but the biggest one is this: The outrage towards Kaepernick, one of six African-American quarterbacks to start a Super Bowl in NFL history (can you name the others?) is one that wasn't shown towards players who did far more heinous things than exhibit first-amendment rights.
Ray Rice. Zeke Elliott. Jameis Winston. Ben Roethlisberger. Greg Hardy.
Where was the outrage when those guys assaulted or disrespected women? Jerry Jones signed one of those guys even after a terrible domestic violence incident in 2015, and said nothing when that guy - Hardy - said disrespectful things about Tom Brady's wife prior to the Pats playing Jones' Cowboys.
You could look at this offseason as another example when Winston, who doesn't exactly have a clean record, got a lesser "suspension" than Julian Edelman did in the wake of a report that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback assaulted a female Uber driver.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions. That's what makes this country great. But before you blackball Kaepernick, think about how the NFL has shown a lack of compassion towards assaults against women.
And if the unthinkable were to happen to Brady, would you trust a proven QB like Kaepernick or Brian Hoyer? I'm talking to the Pats fans who booed their own players for kneeling during the National Anthem last September.
Trivia answer: Doug Williams, Steve McNair, Donovan McNabb, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson.