Mike Vick Apologizes For Colin Kaepernick Comments
Michael Vick apologized for saying earlier this week that free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick should cut his hair to help change his image. Appearing on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Thursday, the retired NFL quarterback said he was “truly sorry” for making the comments during his appearance on FS1’s “Speak For Yourself.” Vick has received backlash for his comments. During his appearance on Fox Sports, Vick stated,
First thing we’ve got to get Colin to do is cut his hair. 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 (wearing the Afro). Just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut. You know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot.
Vick said the former 49ers starter’s goal should be to look more “presentable.” Vick continued,
I just think perception and image is everything. This is not the Colin Kaepernick that we’ve known since he entered the National Football League. I’m just going off my personal experiences. Listen, I love the guy to death. But I want him to also succeed on and off the field. This has to be a start for him.
It’s not about selling out. When you’re good, and you’re playing great, then you’re going to be wanted. People are going to want to sign you, going to want to see you play.
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— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 17, 2017
Fast forward to the present day, Vick says,
At the end of the day, what I said, I should have never said. I think it was taken out of context in regards to what I was trying to convey, but I only want to help Kaepernick. I’m not a general manager, I’m not the guy who makes the decisions on getting him signed and I’m truly sorry for what I said. I think I should have used a better choice of words.
Obviously his Afro has nothing to do with him being signed, and I wasn’t trying to relay that message. It was more so about helping him at the end of the day. In all my interviews, all I have ever tried to do is help him and talk positive.