Wednesday, July 19, 2017

FS1's Shannon Sharpe Blasts Michael Vick

Michael Vick’s advice to Colin Kaepernick didn’t go over too well with Shannon Sharpe, according to

Monday afternoon, the former Eagles quarterback appeared on Fox Sports 1’s Speak for Yourself and told host Jason Whitlock that Kaepernick needed to cut his afro if he wanted an NFL team to sign him.

“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,” Vick said. “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.”

Tuesday afternoon, on the set of his own FS1 show, Sharpe tore into Vick for pushing a stereotype about the appearance of black men.

“What Michael Vick just did was continually perpetuate a stereotype that black men look a certain way, dressed a certain way, should be judged a certain way,” Sharpe said on Undisputed on Tuesday afternoon. “What does Colin Kaepernick’s hair have to do with anything? He has to reform his image from what?”

An increasingly angry Sharpe then went after Vick directly for believing that Kaepernick’s protesting during NFL games last season was somehow on the same level as dogfighting, the crime that landed Vick in jail in 2007.

“Michael, you went to prison! You are a convicted felon! You needed to change your image!” Sharpe shouted on a panel that consisted of cohosts Skip Bayless, Joy Taylor, and Fox Sports analyst Rob Parker.  All Kaepernick did, Sharpe noted, was take a knee to protest over the way he felt African Americans were being mistreated and sometimes killed by police officers in certain parts of the country.

However, Nancy Armour, a sports columnist with USAToday, writes Kaepernick could cut his hair, shave his head and wear three-piece suits every day...he's still be radioactive to NFL owners. She adds, shunning the QB isn't about how he looks or what he wears. "It's not even about what he does when the national anthem is played, really. It's about politics. Specifically, his own and his refusal to play by those of others."

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