Sports Illustrated has released its four regional editions of the NFL preview magazine. Each features a similar theme among the star players in the center, and the same group of other NFL stars surrounding them.
Here he is dangling from Tom Brady’s towel.
And from Aaron Rodgers’.
Here he is hanging from J.J. Watt’s, uh, under carriage.
Finally, here’s the one McCoy will actually consider framing, featuring him catching a ride on David Johnson’s elbow.
McCoy’s misfortune is humorous and trivial, but the assorted covers lead to a more pressing question: why are all four kneeling? Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protests have been a hot-button issue throughout the league for the last year. They will continue this year, as the free agent remains without a team.
Was this a conscious choice or do the poses simply work best for the artistic idea? It’s worth noting that Brady was a Trump supporter and Watt has been outspoken in his support of the police. None of the four have actually taken a knee in protest.
UPDATE: It’s entirely possible some people are making too much out of this.