[UPDATE]: Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick has since apologized for his recent comments regarding free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Vick said the following on a Thursday morning appearance on the Dan Patrick Show.
“What I said, I should have never said. I think it was taken out of context in regards to what I was trying to convey, but I only want to help Colin Kaepernick. I’m not a general manager, I’m not the guy who makes the decisions on getting him signed, and I’m truly sorry for what I said. I think I should have used a better choice of words.”
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned and retired quarterback Michael Vick believes Kaepernick’s haircut may be playing a role in him staying unsigned.
Vick shared his opinion Monday on FS1’s “Speak for Yourself.”
“First thing we’ve got to get Colin to do is cut his hair,” he said. “Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct. 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.”
The controversy referenced by Vick stems from Kaepernick’s national anthem protest last season. Kaepernick opted out of his deal with the 49ers in March and remains without a job after spending the first six seasons of his career with San Francisco.
Vick certainly knows a bit about controversy, as his NFL career was put on hold after spending time in prison following a guilty plea for felony dog-fighting charges. He stated that he was given similar advice about his appearance while he was still playing.
“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. 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,” he said.