Jimmy Smith Says Colin Kaepernick Could Have Divided Jaguars | 22 Words

After it was announced that Tim Tebow had been signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Colin Kaepernick fans far and wide were furious...

But Jaguars legend, Jimmy Smith, has come out to defend the team's decision.

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His interview is bound to solicit some strong reactions. Here's the full story...

Now, the quarterback-turned-activist is best known these days for his political activism regarding systematic racism against African-Americans.

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In 2016, during the 49ers third preseason game, Kaepernick began kneeling during the U.S national anthem prior to games, rather than standing as is customary.

He knelt in protest of police shootings of African-American men and other social injustices faced by black people in the US.

Speaking in an interview in 2016, Kaepernick said: "To me, this is something that has to change, and when there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."

His actions inspired others...

And his teammate, Eric Reid, soon began to kneel beside him alongside other teammates such as Antoine Bethea, Eli Harold, Jaquiski Tartt, and Rashard Robinson.

The NFL's response wasn't so positive, however.

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Initially, the NFL released a statement claiming that players were only encouraged, and not required, to stand during the national anthem. But, in 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent. No team would offer him a contract, and, in October of that year, he filed a grievance against the league, accusing team owners of colluding to keep him signed.

This announcement caused even more outrage...

If any team members were caught kneeling during the anthem, the team would be fined and the decision would be upon the team leader whether or not they punish that particular player.

Well, it has now been nearly 4 years since Kaepernick played his last NFL game...

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So it has come as somewhat of a shock to the NFL community to learn that Tim Tebow has been signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As per ESPN, the Jacksonville Jaguars said:

"The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to sign Tebow, thirty-three, to a 1-year contract later this week or next week to play tight end, a position he never played in high school, college, or his previous 3-year NFL career. A deal has not been agreed upon at this time. Once he signs, he will be reunited with Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, who coached Tebow at Florida and won a pair of national championships with the Gators."

Considering that Tebow hasn't played an NFL snap since 2012, people found it pretty contradictory that he is allowed to get signed but Kaepernick isn't...

Especially due to the fact that Tebow used to kneel and pray to God before each of his games.

The signing has caused quite a lot of anger, especially among fans of Kaepernick.

But, there are some people who support the Jaguars' decision...

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NFL legend, Jimmy Smith, being one of them.

Speaking to TMZ Sports, Smith said his former squad shouldn't have given Kaepernick the same opportunity it gave Tebow, noting:

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"We don't need Colin Kaepernick on our team."

He went on to explain that he fears Kaepernick would "divide our locker room."

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​"We need a guy like Tim Tebow," the ex-Jacksonville wide receiver continued. "Who's a hometown hero, who has a love for the city anyway."

He also said that he doesn't believe there's "anything racist or sinister" about the Jaguars' decision to sign Tebow over Kaepernick.

Instead, he believes Tebow is simply a better fit for the team's young locker room.

You can check out Smith's full interview above.