Well, here we go again. A star athlete, an unknown female, allegations of alcohol and drug use, a potential sexual assault and the resulting police investigation. However, this time there are denials of any wrongdoing by the star athlete, 49er’s Quarterback Colin Kaepernick on already posted on Twitter (who ever allowed him to write anything about this on the internet is a good subject for another post).
Whether its Kobe Bryant, Ben Roethlisberger, Jameis Winston or now Kaepernick, certain star athletes continue to fail accept two critical aspects of their celebrity status. First, they are targets, big rich ones. Second, they simply cannot make a bad choice with a stranger. Let’s accept for the moment that Kaepernick is completely innocent of any sexual misconduct. Given that assumption, he still left himself open to a very bad and unnecessary scene that is his fault.
If the star quarterback did drugs with a woman, he just met, and brought her back to his room, he was playing with fire. The lesson that must be learned for these young and rich stars is that a bad choice can cost you everything in an instant. You must respect yourself enough to protect what you have achieved and your future, even if that means hiring a bodyguard to make sure that strangers cannot get to you. This may be a difficult and unfair way to live but downside alternatives are so much worse.
As crass as it sounds, no matter what happened here, was a potential one night stand worth the resulting police investigation for Kaepernick? We know that Kaepernick is looking for a $20 million pay day, the 49er’s want to make sure their QB is around to collect it.