Longtime sideline reporter Michele Tafoya called her final NFL game at Super Bowl LVI this past Sunday.
After decades as a broadcast personality in the world of sports, Tafoya has decided to alter her career path and enter the realm of politics. Now just a couple days into that decision, the 57-year-old media figure is already beginning to ruffle some feathers.
Less than 24 hours after her retirement from broadcasting, Tafoya joined The Megyn Kelly Show to discuss some controversial topics. During her appearance on the right-wing program, she shared her opinion on former NFL quarterback turned political activist Colin Kaepernick.
"If he really, really wanted -- If the one thing he wanted in this life was to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, he'd be one right now, given that he had the talent," she said on Monday. "But, he made some business decisions... I think he knew what he was risking and I think that there are some legitimate complaints about race in the NFL and everywhere else in America -- but that's not why Colin Kaepernick's not in the NFL."
NFL fans from around the league blasted Tafoya for this take.
"This is the worst thing that could possibly happen to the NFL right now, right after Brian Flores comes out and sues the league, she’s does this interview," one wrote.
"Standing up for justice isn't a business decision," another added.
"You can disagree with Kaepernick all you want. But to say he wasn't blackballed is at this point absurd. Far worse QBs got second, third and fourth chances. Michele knows what she is saying is nonsense, so why is she saying it," another said.
"She is absolute trash. She seems to be making some business decisions of her own. Wow," another wrote.
Tafoya has continued her controversial takes throughout the week. On Wednesday night, she appeared on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in America's schools:
“My son’s first best friend was a little African-American boy. They were inseparable. Get to a certain age they start having what’s called an affinity group, which means you go for lunch and pizza with people who look like you … At kids in school, there is a big, big focus on the color of your skin and my children … Why are we even teaching that the color of the skin matters? Because to me, what matters is your character and your values. … I don’t care if I’m attacked. I really am not afraid of that, and I guess I feel like so many people now are afraid. Yeah. And I’m not. Listen, I know there are repercussions for whatever I choose to say. And I’ve talked to my kids’ school about it. You know, please don’t hold this against my kids. I’m speaking for me. I’m speaking for my family. But please don’t hold this against my kids."
Tafoya will now be working for a Minnesota gubernatorial campaign.