Not too long ago, Dez Bryant joined the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast and questioned former quarterback Colin Kaepernick “for not creating jobs” and “not being there for the people that supported him.”
That’s when former ESPN host Jemele Hill fired back over Twitter.
Hill wrote: “With all due respect @DezBryant, this is uninformed. Colin Kaepernick has created a publishing company, a SPAC that’s raising $300 million for social justice initiatives, a production company, etc. On top of founding the Know Your Rights Camp. I don’t get the point of dragging his name.”
Usually athletes leave this type of back and forth alone, but not Dez.
I’m a product of media hate so I get it.. @jemelehill you could have called me & got a better understanding of what I was saying ..but you have your own motive… I’ve reached out to kap for yrs and no response…raising 300 mil would be easy if we had unity amongst athletes 🤔 https://t.co/lDxy62bEYC
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) September 27, 2021
Nothing’s funnier than an athlete bringing attention to the fact that $300 million isn’t a large sum of money when the right people get involved. The same way billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates can’t stop talking about their philanthropy when faced with criticism, the same playbook lives on in Jemele’s Kaepernick defense here.
Dez Bryant didn’t say Colin Kaepernick did nothing — the former Cowboys star said he didn’t create jobs. Everything Hill tweeted back were investments that’ll benefit Colin Kaepernick financially. He built a media company? Congratulations on the incredible accomplishment, but since when was that the goal? From the sounds of things, starting a media company is a phenomenal way to produce propaganda that our minority youth can binge on Netflix.
And as Dez mentioned, he has already reached out to Colin Kaepernick to discuss the issues further in private, but he was ignored. Sounds believable as he decided to go public with this information when a lie could be called out at a moment’s notice.
Dez Bryant asked to go on Jemele’s show since he knows she won’t agree to it unless she features him on another ‘shut up and listen’ segment she seems to love so much. Those type of segments are a waste of everyone’s time and it’s about time someone notable got involved to call it out.
Sorry, Jemele, Dez has a point. Kaepernick can be criticized. He’s human, remember?