Akiem Hicks lastly stated what everybody’s been contemplating for a few several years.
Amid a considerate, eloquent half-hour of Hicks tackling racial unrest in The united states and NFL teams refusing to give Colin Kaepernick a shot simply because he protested law enforcement brutality, the Bears’ star defensive deal with blurted a person of the most revealing factors he could say about his team bypassing Kaepernick.
“We signed Mike Glennon,” Hicks said.
Hicks was advocating for the NFL to make things right with Kaepernick either by a group signing him or the league hiring him to impact its social justice initiatives, then there was a long pause in advance of he allow it fly on common supervisor Ryan Pace’s ill-fated selection to indication Glennon in 2017.
He may well not have even intended to say it out loud, but in typical Hicks model, he caught by it.
“You listened to that, huh?” he said. “Yeah, I stated that. It was a sensation.”
It was one of numerous powerful details in Hicks’ initial opinions given that Minneapolis law enforcement officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd very last week, triggering protests across the region.
In soccer, the situations introduced Kaepernick’s circumstance back to the forefront. He had an electrical operate with the 49ers in 2012 and ’13, like a Super Bowl visual appeal, and played effectively adequate in ’16 that there would have been interest less than typical circumstances.
Instead, teams were being so bothered by him kneeling in the course of the countrywide anthem that they shunned a participant who threw 16 landing passes towards 4 interceptions and was 17th in the NFL with a 90.7 passer score in 12 video games on an in any other case awful team.
“I think he would have gotten a very good deal if he had not protested,” Hicks mentioned. “Does he have all the skills that we feel to be seeking for in NFL quarterbacks? Athletic. He can get the ball down the field. I imagine that he suits a great deal of individuals groups.
“Do I know if he would have gotten a enormous deal and long gone onto be a Hall of Fame quarterback? I don’t know these items. I just know that when he took a knee, he was silenced — or they attempted to silence him.”
In the Bears’ case, they favored Glennon irrespective of him getting mediocre at ideal. They signed him to a few-12 months, $45 million offer only to bench him following four game titles and slash him at the finish of the time.
Even though Kaepernick has been exiled, by the way, Glennon has been signed by the Cardinals, Raiders and Jaguars.
“When Kaepernick was getting a knee I experienced the exact same imagined that 85-90 percent of the league imagined at that moment,” Hicks stated. “If I get down on one knee in front of this stadium, I am fired. My position, my job, my lifestyle is over. I will be blackballed.
“And then to come out on the other close and watch it basically happen to Kaepernick, it just tells me my inner thoughts have been [right]. It was the truth, and with any luck , it will not be going forward.
“What I will say is this, however: It is not a Chicago trouble, it is an overall-league problem. There is 31 other groups.”
Hicks was hopeful on race relations, both within just the league and society, and was buoyed by a staff-extensive Zoom contact Monday. He is happy overall about where by issues stand among Bears players.
“We do a fantastic job, I think, of stopping separation — maintaining guys jointly,” he claimed. “I’ll give you an instance. Let’s talk about a placement team like the tight ends, who have mainly been Caucasian. They’ll be sitting at a desk and there will be a few fellas of the exact ethnicity and they’re having lunch together, and you are not imagining anything at all of it.
“But we have men on the team that will break those people boundaries. I’ll go sit with them. Danny Trevathan will go sit with them… We’re all together in this.”