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Old 12-01-2012, 02:03 PM
 
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A rather interesting article from Fox Sports on NFL players and tattoo's.

I wonder if Kaepernick was not a 1st round pick just because of stereotypes against tattoo's?

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick painted as a bad guy over tattoos? - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN

 
Old 12-01-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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This is a non-issue and no big deal, I totally agree with his mom, bravo for her speaking up. The media and sports writers are so over the top sometimes.
 
Old 12-01-2012, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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The reference to convicts made me laugh except there is prejudice about tatooes I guess. Younger people looking for work with tatooes in evidence make employers hold back.
You would think though, the sports world would be past that by now. It could very well be the reason he didnt get picked earlier.
His mom also said the tats were religious based. Maybe he needs to pose more often with his shirt off so everyone can read them.
I am not a fan of body art. But it has nothing to do with how I value him as a football player.
 
Old 12-01-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Howard County, MD
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I think there might be something wrong with me; I don't really care if a guy on my favorite team has tattoos, braids, earrings, wears baggy pants to the game, or really any other aspect of his personal style. For some weird reason, I tend to rate them based on whether they show up and play well, or don't. Good thing I have all those "experts" in the sports media to tell me how I should feel about football players
 
Old 12-01-2012, 03:32 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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This is a non-issue and no big deal, I totally agree with his mom, bravo for her speaking up. The media and sports writers are so over the top sometimes.
Yeah... must have been a slow news day.
 
Old 12-01-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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Quarterbacks are different. Every decision they ever made is evaluated before the draft since the biggest part of their job is making decisions.

The fact that he has bible verses is a non issue. A tat is a tat is a tat. It doesn't matter if it is a picture of your dead child, a skull, or a heart that says mom. You made a decision with permanent results.

Old white men make these decisions. If you want big money from old white men do not do what old white men disagree with. That in itself is part of your decision making process and something that will be evaluated. You know that big time qb's don't have tats but you do it anyway? Bad decision. He must have been one of the few that did not get the memo.

I think it was commentary, not news.
 
Old 12-01-2012, 07:09 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I would say there is zero chance his tattoos impacted his draft spot.
 
Old 12-02-2012, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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A rather interesting article from Fox Sports on NFL players and tattoo's.

I wonder if Kaepernick was not a 1st round pick just because of stereotypes against tattoo's?

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick painted as a bad guy over tattoos? - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Stereotypes against tattoos are almost non-existent now. I have seen corporate executives have full sleeves down their arms. I have a friend who is a principal of a high school with a full sleeve on his left arm. His tattoos did not impact his draft spot. All kinds of athletes have tattoos, especially NBA players who show their whole arm. This was a journalist trying to create a story out of nothing.
 
Old 12-02-2012, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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I have a problem with players having long hair hanging out the back of their helmet. Gives the opposing team something to grab onto to more easily pull them down. Can't do that with tattoos. Personally, I don't like tattoos. That's why I don't have any even after 8 years in the Navy. That's my choice. He chose to ink up his body. To me it's a waste of time and money but it's his time and money. Seems better than a certain college frat that requires their members to get branded like an animal or a slave.
 
Old 12-02-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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I would say there is zero chance his tattoos impacted his draft spot.
^this guy is correct.

I'm a 9er fan. He wasn't a first round pick because he came from a gimmick offense which ran the Pistol. This made teams wary. Harbaugh still traded up in the 2nd round to get him with the mindset that they could develop him. So far so good, the guy is looking great.

Unfortunately there are still people that judge people with tattoos as "bad" people. Which of course is absurd, but people are going to find reasons to hate or dislike. It's human nature. These neanderthals will always exists.
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