"I think Colin made a mistake," Simpson recently told The Buffalo News. "I really appreciate what he was trying to say. I thought he made a bad choice in attacking the flag."
Kaepernick, as anyone who's spent 10 seconds trying to find out knows, was not "attacking the flag." As he's said time and again, he was using his platform to draw attention to racial injustice and police brutality.
Simpson went on: "I grew up at a time when deacons were in the KKK. I don't disrespect the Bible because of those guys. The flag shouldn't be disrespected because of what cops do. The flag represents what we want America to be."
"When he did it the first time I thought, 'Well, you took a gamble, and I give you credit.' But it was him continuing to do it where he made the biggest mistake."
"I'm a firm believer of doing what you think is right, but I would always stand for the flag."
There's a lot to chew on here, but the funniest part of this answer has to be: "I'm a firm believer of doing what you think is right."
Simpson is known for doing quite the opposite, and that doesn't just include the alleged double murder of his ex-wife and her friend in 1994. Among other things, he was also convicted on charges of kidnapping and robbery, which landed him in jail for nine years. He was only released last year and immediately set about doing that which he thinks is right, even if everyone around him thinks it's wrong.
It's a safe bet that Kaepernick is not paying attention to this noise. After being blacklisted for all of last season, the 30-year-old looks be trying to take one more shot at getting back in the NFL.
Just this week, he was spotted throwing in Houston. The Texans were reportedly not aware of his presence in the city and it's unclear if he was showing off for potential teams or just working out his arm. Regardless, he looks like he's more interested in playing than listening to Simpson's criticism.