With ESPN’s Rick Reilly, you know to take the good with the bad.
Many of his columns are outstanding. Others, such as when he used the death of Pat Tillman as an excuse to insert an antiwar screed, aren’t.
His pre-Super Bowl column on Wednesday crossed a line.
Rick has an adopted daughter. That’s great. He obviously believes that adopted kids should meet with their birth mom, as his daughter has (and I presume “birth parents” if Dad is also around).
But he is upset to the point of near-bullying that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick won’t meet with his birth mom:
“Is that how you feel?” I asked Kaepernick on Tuesday at Super Bowl media day. “That it would be disrespectful to meet with your birth mother?”
“No,” Kaepernick said. “It’s not really a respect thing. It’s just — that’s my family. That’s it.”
“But aren’t you curious?”
… The Kaepernicks have told Colin they’d have no problem with him speaking to Russo. They even met with her recently without Colin. But Colin hasn’t budged on the issue. One of his friends told Yahoo! Sports that Colin would think it’s “treasonous” to meet with Russo.
But it’s not. It’s healthy. It’s healing. It’s natural.
Really, Rick, how dare you? Who died and made you relationships’ king?
The relationship between Kaepernick and his birth mom is none of your damned business (or mine), and shame on you for capitalizing of the world’s biggest sports stage to harass a player about his personal life before the biggest game of his life just to advance your personal agenda.