Sportsmanship is not wearing a competition's gear.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
I just don't get the sports thing at all.....
Laurie I'm a huge sportsfan and I agree with you and ethanwinfield. This should not be an issue- especially in the offseason. No one should EVER doubt this kids heart or loyalty after seeing him play.
I wouldn't say I doubt his loyalty. I just don't think it's a great thing to do.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
Pro sports players grow up loving the sport, make friends on other teams, and have their own loyalties too. Someone who supports other players is a good guy to have on your team.
One of my FB friends is a goalkeeper for a soccer team in the first league in my country, he's always wearing an ultras t-shirt from his previous team, in the second league (and the one I support. ) and I don't know anyone who would make a big deal out of that. That's one of the reasons we love him.
Yeah, I mean, sportsmanship comes into it because the guy respects other teams. First of all, players get traded all the time. But also, I presume a ton of them know each other, have played together, and respect each other's abilities. I get that they're competing when they're on the field/rink/court/etc., but off of that can't they be supportive and just be sports enthusiasts?
Can my sister drink coke but still work her butt off for Pepsi? Sure she can...but they don't think its good for business for her to actually be seen doing so. And in a situation where someone is recognizable by the general public...and the fans can gripe about it..i think its even worse for business.
I think there's two levels to this debate. There is the 'philisophical' (for lack of a better term) and there is the practical.
Wearing a dolphins hat doesn't make him a bad player, doesn't make him non-loyal, sure maybe it even shows how great of a guy he is because he supports other people (mind you, you don't HAVE to wear their stuff to be supportive of them). Yes its who he is as a person and what he does on the field that truly defines him....all that feel good stuff.
But if your fans don't like it, and perceive you as not loyal....then its not good for business...even if those fans are stupid and wrong.
49'ers can say "I don't care"...which sure, thats great if they do. I wouldn't criticize them for not caring...maybe they don't! But I'm not going to criticize them if they decide to care about it either. Like i said, to me its just a business thing...and i think brand loyalty is important in some industries and sports entertainment? I think its def important.
When it comes to marketing, perception is more important than reality. Big ugly truth.
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I get the Coke-Pepsi thing as they are rivals in every way, all the time. A friend of mine did a Pepsi commercial as a teen and had to sign something saying she wouldn't drink Coke in public for some specific period of time.
But like I said, I don't really get sports at all....so I don't see how this is bad. It's okay. In this particular world/arena, my opinion is irrelevant!
I could completely understand this if there was some extenuating circumstance, perhaps the party was at the home of a Dolphins player (it wasn't) or a past or present Dolphins player had recently passed away (don't think so) or something like that, but I think it's very disrespectful to his hometown fans to wear another team's gear. And it wasn't a photo that someone else took unbeknownst to him and posted saying, "Hey, saw Kaepernick at a party today!" It was a photo that *he* posted himself, knowing that he was in a Dolphins hat.
As for him being photographed in Green Bay and Brewers gear, the Brewers are a baseball team so I don't have a problem with that one. And he's originally from Wisconsin and he & his whole family are long-time Packers fans so I can give him a wee bit of a pass on that one.
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!
2. If it's that big of a faux pas, sports teams wouldn't need a similar clause because players would monitor themselves. Which, clearly the have sans Kaepernick.
3. What are legends like Wayne Gretzky and Brett Favre allowed to wear? Gretzky played on many teams during his career and is owner of the Coyotes. You can't tell me that Favre just walked away from Green Bay as a fan no more. Would he be given a pass to be seen in a Green Bay hat? Or attend a Green Bay game or two.
4. It just still seems so odd to me that with the very nature of professional sports, you been traded to another team - wearing one team's uniform one day and another team's jersey the next. I would expect all professional athletes to be loyal to their sport first and their uniform second. Regardless of the jersey they wear, I expect them to play their hearts out. They want to WIN for the team they play for.
In other news: the Patriots are class act - the had a jersey trade day for parents to trade Hernandez jerseys for any other player's. They don't view him a role model and don't want kids to get the wrong idea. I'm impressed!