NFL Reporter Exposes ‘The View’ on Colin Kaepernick-Slavery Comparison

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Though ABC News says The View will test various guest hosts in its token opposition chair, the network doesn’t actually want someone who will challenge the main cast. ABC knows the show’s permanent hosts don’t have the depth for robust conversation, so most of the guest rotation has thus far included shallow-thinking women who secretly agree with Joy Behar.

However, Michele Tafoya, the sideline reporter for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, didn’t follow that script. 

On Wednesday, Tafoya pushed back on The View‘s obsessive lauding of the Colin Kaepernick Netflix special, Colin in Black and White. Sara Haines praised Kaepernick for likening an NFL career to slavery.

“[That’s] not a far stretch,” Haines asserted.

Tafoya, who unlike Haines, covered Kaepernick as a player, quickly challenged her:

“No one pressures them. They’re not forced to go into the NFL,” Tafoya said.

“I’ve been covering the NFL for 25 years. Nobody forces these guys to play. I thought comparing it to the slave trade was a little rough. These guys enter willingly, they are the most well cared for people. Yes they play a hard sport. And every one of them — black, white, Latino, whoever’s playing the sport — will tell you how much they love it and they’re willing to do it and they make a damn good living.”

Wait, Tafoya works in the sports media industry? And she has common sense? How did she make it through the gate?

Sunny Hostin, of course, didn’t take Tafoya’s informed opinion well. So Hostin played the race card in hopes of shutting Tafoya up.

“He loves the sport but the white owners have prevented him from doing it. They’ve colluded and they have all the power to prevent him from doing the one thing that he loves. That’s the power dynamic,” Hostin says.

So now we know Hostin is both confused and dishonest. Kaepernick does not love football. He doesn’t want to play the game. He determined he could make more money playing the role of a social activist powered by Nike than he could playing backup to Blaine Gabbert. He was right.

Before the commercial break, Hostin tried to claim that Kaepernick “lost everything” by kneeling. But Tafoya responded that Kaepernick actually gained “a whole lot” of money, between his Netflix special and his Nike endorsement deals.

Even if you disagree with her, Michele Tafoya brings a spark to The View. Now, she goes back to NBC Sports with her new colleague, Maria Taylor, who’s just about as off-putting as Sunny Hostin is.

Imagine what Michele Tafoya would do to Stephen A. Smith at the debate desk… 

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcasts and radio stations.


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  1. Anything Sara Haines says should be taken with a grain of salt. She is, in the most literal sense of the word, an idiot. The others on that hour of screeching and stupidity might have a little talent at something but Haines is a moron. Well, not Behar. Her talent is basically being an ass. They all have a narrative they want. Anyone who watches these idiots prattle on for an hour comes out dumber from having done so.

  2. For the few people still putting Kap on a pedestal if this documentary didn’t finally show them who he really is nothing will. The guy took a huge dump on his adoptive parents for the world to see. Not the ones who abandoned him, he’s cool with them, but the white folks who actually wanted him and gave him the best life they possibly could, he shits all over them for the entire world to see. If that doesn’t change your mind on the character of Kap, nothing will. On top of that he tries to make us believe that the NFL is a slave trade but yet he’s been waking up at 5 am everyday for 5 years to hope to get another chance to be a slave. The guy is a complete fraud and a real POS. But most of us with a brain already knew that.

  3. Saw that ridiculous trailer about the “slave” trade with the symbolic white coach standing before the black player. Here’s the deal: football was once played by all white players earning such low pay they held second jobs and had no where near the safety equipment and medical personnel today’s players have. Those all-white teams were coached by all-white coaching staffs who — guess what — got in the faces of the all-white players. Does that make those players slaves?

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