Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Ricardo Lockette of the Seattle Seahawks, and Quinton Patton, wide receiver for the 49ers have been implicated in a sexual assault by an unnamed woman. While the full details are not yet known, names have been identified, a unwarranted deed done, and the parents of the world may start to wonder if Kaepernick, and those like him who are in the spotlight because they are “professional sportsmen,” are these people really a good role model for their kids, it is up to the parents to decide.
As the story goes, the woman went to Lockette’s apartment in Miami, Florida and partied with Kaepernick, Lockette, and Patton. In order for her to continue partying with them, she had to join them in smoking a bong. At some point, the woman told the men that she was feeling light-headed and wanted to go lay down. Kaepernick allegedly followed her to the bedroom and when they were there, he undressed her and then kissed her before leaving the room.
And so it seems that is the rest of the story from Kaepernick’s mouth. He parties with former teammates, smokes pot, follows a woman to the bedroom, undresses and kisses her, then leaves the room? How ridiculous! Most red-blooded males if, after drinking a lot of alcohol and smoking pot, follow a woman to a bedroom, have one thing on their mind:sex And the probably the only way that nothing would happen would be if he was gay, celibate, comatose, a eunuch, or like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way. Hopefully Kaepernick realizes that the eyes of many young boys and parents are watching every move he makes to see if he is, would, or could be a good role model. His actions, though only he, God, and whoever is with him is being recorded and though he may think that he will get away with things in this life, in the end, it will all come out for everyone to see crystal clear.
Pastor Thomas Lindberg, former Senior Pastor at First Assembly of God Church in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, once said, Just remember, Heaven’s tape recorder is always on. That is and should be a sobering and eye-opening thought for all people. Nothing a person does or says will be kept a secret. It will all be laid bare. Kaepernick will hopefully take inventory of his life and determine what is really important. What does he want to be remembered for. Wilt Chamberlain, a pro basketball player for several different teams during his career, is mostly remembered for two things. First, he is the only player in basketball history to score 100 points in a single game. Now that is impressive and something to be proud of as that clearly showed his love of the game and his skills which he had to hone in order to accomplish such a feat. On the down side, Wilt Chamberlain is also known for how he said thathe supposedly slept with 20,000 different women, of whom he did not marry or commit to, nor did he want to have any children. How sad. The Bible says that children are a parents legacy and how blessed parents are if their quiver (home) is full of them. It has been reported that most men talk about Chamberlain’s conquests off the court than on. Kaepernick’s name, like Wilt Chamberlain’s name, may be remembered for his exploits on the field, but will people say of him long after his career is over and no one cheers his name? Proverbs 22:1 says, Rather than wealth, choose a good reputation, esteem over gold and silver.
Sadly, many people would rather have the wealth, gold and silver rather than a good reputation( name) and esteem. Tele-Evangelist Mike Murdock, in his teaching series “The Problem Solvers” said, In this life, you will be remembered for two things: the problems you solve and the ones you create. Pro players like Kaepernick really ought to take stock in themselves and figure out what is really important to them and go for it, not letting anyone deter them from completing their task. But, it should be something that they would never be ashamed of nor anything that would bring shame to their parents especially, but also to their friends. If Kaepernick has any moral convictions, and is half way intelligent, he will realize that the world will decide if he can be, will be, or is a good role model for their children, by his actions. In the 1960’s there was a song entitled “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” Kaepernick should take it to heart, but realize there is several million eyes watching him to see if he will rise above and be the hero, or fall flat on his face becoming the fool.
Commentary By John Thomas