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Understanding the Meaning of ‘Distraction in the Locker Room Guy’

If you have been on various social media platforms and message boards throughout the internet, you see discussions about why quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not on an NFL roster, or which team will take a chance on former Oklahoma Sooner running back Joe Mixon.

You will see post responses such as,”Kaepernick will not get picked up by an NFL team because he will become a distraction in the locker room.” My response to that is, will he? Stating that “so and so will become a distraction in the locker room” is one of the most misunderstood saying in sports right now.

What exactly is a distraction in the locker room? To me, a player that is causing a distraction in the locker room is a guy that creates division among fellow teammates which result in hurting how the team performs on the football field, basketball court, etc.

The folks that continue to believe that Colin Kaepernick will divide a locker room because of his protest of the National Anthem are only looking at the situation from one perspective, the only distraction that it was causing was among mainstream media members.

Depending on which media outlet you follow, they will either support or denounce Kaepernick’s protest. Fellow teammates such as Eric Reid decided to take a knee in support of Kaepernick’s protest for racial equality.

If Colin was such a distraction in the 49ers locker room then why was he awarded the Len Eshmont Award, which is the most prestigious team honor which is voted upon by players. Kap was not the reason why the 49ers had a such a horrible season is that team was not good at all plain and simple.

As a matter of fact, the team has not been relevant since the days of when Jim Harbaugh walked the sidelines as head coach of the 49ers. I believe that he can be a viable option for a team that has a good head coach that will maximize the most out of his skillset. Right now you got the Bears signing quarterbacks such as the unproven Mike Glennon to big contracts and become the face of their franchise.

Glennon resume is nowhere near the level of Colin Kaepernick’s right now. You cannot tell me that Kaepernick is not being blackballed from the National Football League. However, let’s see how things go when training camp approaches and reality starts to set in for a lot of football teams that need a viable option at the starting quarterback position.

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Derrick Branch is the founder and lead writer of Tops Sports.Com. He is a die-hard sports fan and keeps it 100 on all things that involve the NFL, NBA, NCAA Football.
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