I mean … I just … sigh. Week 5 of the NFL season is about to conclude, so you probably thought everyone that could possibly have an opinion about Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem — Kate Upton, Dave Navarro, your aunt, some stranger you met at a tailgate before a Week 3 Giants game — has already expressed it.
Wrong. You are wrong! Because now it’s time to hear from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who thinks Kaepernick is “stupid.” She called him stupid! In an interview with Katie Couric! This is the weirdest year in recorded history! Can you believe Yahoo! still has an exclamation point?!
When asked by Couric how she feels about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and others athletes, refusing to stand for the anthem, Ginsburg replied, “I think it’s really dumb of them.”
“Would I arrest them for doing it? No,” Ginsburg elaborated. “I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.”
Couric then asked, “But when it comes to these football players, you may find their actions offensive, but what you’re saying is, it’s within their rights to exercise those actions?”
“Yes,” said Ginsburg. “If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive. If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.”
In a way, this should be a feather in the cap of Kaepernick, because not everyone gets the, “There’s no law against stupidity” zinger tossed at them by someone on the Supreme Court.
I’m tapped out. Just remember: People are mad and calling Kaepernick names because he chooses not to stand during a mediocre 90-second song before he plays sports.