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.
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.
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.
This announcement caused even more outrage...
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell https://t.co/1Vn7orTo1R— NFL (@NFL)1527092658.0
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...
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 no one will sign Colin Kaepernick because hE hASn'T pLayEd in ForEvER and He woUlD bE a DiSTracTioN— Lindsay Jones (@Lindsay Jones)1620671404.0
Tim Tebow hasn’t played football in 6 years and will be 34 heading into training camp and he just signed with the J… https://t.co/hEj9hmWSSt— . (@.)1620671492.0
::laughs in Colin Kaepernick:: https://t.co/KiAopAAWDz— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill)1620672890.0
Tebow - Hasn't played in the NFL since 2012. Gets another shot. Kaepernick - Hasn't played since 2016. Gets nothin… https://t.co/fTgulky4Dx— BLACK ADAM SCHEFTER (@BLACK ADAM SCHEFTER)1620670726.0
Remember, Colin Kaepernick isn’t in the NFL because... - “he was a terrible QB” - “he brings a media circus everywh… https://t.co/bLxtqcscDb— Joe Praino (@Joe Praino)1620674506.0
Tim Tebow hasn’t played in 8 seasons. Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played in 4. This signing destroys the “Kaepernick… https://t.co/W5ZVrNuwDh— Resist Programming 🛰 (@Resist Programming 🛰)1620671558.0
Yeah, no. If Tebow gets another shot, Kaepernick should too. Idc if it’s a backup role or as a punter. He’s talented enough to be an NFL quarterback.— ColonelZhele 🔥 DEVONTA SMITH SZN (@SeanHobs) May 10, 2021
There’s no way you can tell me that Tim Tebow deserves to be on a team as an unproven tight end who hasn’t played i… https://t.co/OGL5iiZrU7— David Dennis Jr. (@David Dennis Jr.)1620670346.0
But, there are some people who support the Jaguars' decision...
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:
"We don't need Colin Kaepernick on our team."
He went on to explain that he fears Kaepernick would "divide our locker room."
"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.