In the third quarter as Colin Kaepernick scored a four-yard touchdown on a designed rollout run to give the San Francisco 49ers what would end up being a commanding 20-10 lead over the Carolina Panthers, Kaepernick decided to celebrate his touchdown. In this case he doubled down on his celebration as he took the Cam Newton Superman celebration and modified it by closing his shirt as to say Superman would not make an appearance on Sunday while then kissing his tattoo(s) on his bicep.
While that became a topic of conversation, what then caught my eye was all the subsequent reaction on Twitter and other social mediums where individuals have taken to calling Kaepernick classless, a punk or other unsavory words all for what was a simple touchdown celebration. Frankly, as far as I am concerned, everyone who criticized or has criticized Kaepernick for that touchdown celebration is a hypocrite because I am certain they have not had an issue when others have done similar touchdown celebrations or mocked a certain player.
The reason why I call the critics hypocrites is because I can go back into my memory bank for past acts of similar celebrations where there was no mention or criticism of those players for having celebrated the way they did. Let me begin by criticizing any Panthers fans who are acting offended. For the past decade, Steve Smith has done more than his fair share of mocking touchdown celebrations and trash-talking. Fans are clearly not offended when he does it or don’t think Newton overdoes his Superman celebration.
Moving on from Panthers fans, the next group of hypocrites on this case concerns people who are saying he is being disrespectful of Newton by mocking his Superman celebration. To this group I say you are hypocrites because back in their Week 10 game, the Panthers mocked Kaepernick’s kissing of the bicep celebration after sacking him several times yet I heard no one saying that was disrespectful.
To the last group of hypocrites and Panthers fans pretending to be offended, let me point out that Kaepernick and Newton are friends. All of this was one friend having fun with something his friend does. I know the vast majority of you at one point or another have rubbed it in your friend’s face when you have beaten them at something. That’s all Kaepernick did, and to blow it up as being something more is ridiculous.
Finally, for those who say a quarterback should not do that stuff, well I doubt you criticize Aaron Rodgers when he does his championship belt celebration. In fact, I am quite sure you are entertained by the series of commercials Rodgers now does with a certain insurance company that glorifies that celebration.
I am one who personally has no problem with guys celebrating and doing such celebratory things after a touchdown or big play because I am not one to want all these players to be emotionless robots. But it is quite clear that the vast majority of fans calling Kaepernick every vulgar and unflattering name in the book for his touchdown celebration on Sunday are hypocrites for singling him out from this past Sunday.