Colin Kaepernick is in a state of transition right now. The socially-aware ex-49ers quarterback is a free agent these days, and former NFL player Michael Vick thinks that if Kaepernick wants to continue playing football, then he has to seriously change his image, starting with his hair.
"First thing we've got to get Colin to do is cut his hair," Vick said during Speak for Yourself on Fox Sports. Kaepernick has been sporting either an afro or cornrows lately, much to Vick's disappointment.
"Listen, I'm not up here to try to be politically correct," he continued. "Even if he puts cornrows in there, I don't think he should represent himself in that way in terms of just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut. You know, why not? You're already dealing with a lot of controversy surrounding this issue. The most important thing that he needs to do is just try to be presentable."
"I just think perception and image is everything. This is not the Colin Kaepernick that we've known since he entered the National Football League. I'm just going off my personal experiences," he added. "Listen, I love the guy to death. But I want him to also succeed on and off the field. This has to be a start for him."
Vick's comments attracted a ton of criticism — that tends to happen when you imply that afros aren't presentable — and he backpedaled on his comments via social media this week.
"Colin Kaepernick's hair has nothing to do with him not being on a NFL roster right now. Let's be clear!" he wrote. "I wish only the best for Colin. I stand by what I've said about him being signed at some point this season to help a NFL club. I think he is a great kid who has a bright future and I'm looking forward to seeing him on the field again. Trust and believe what I said was not in malice."
Do you agree with Vick's take on the situation? Should Kaepernick cut his hair?
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