During the past football season, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick became a household name overnight when he refused to stand for the national anthem, instead taking a knee in protest of racial injustice in America (specifically, police killings).
His protest was the subject of no shortage of debate, and it seemed like everyone and their mother had an opinion on it (including Kaepernick’s own, who ironically opposed it).
People overwhelmingly opposed the protest, with a Reuters poll showing that 72 percent of Americans said they thought Kaepernick’s behavior was unpatriotic. His protests “coincidentally” coincided with an 8 percent decline in the NFL’s ratings.
Earlier this month, the now-former 49ers quarterback Kaepernick announced that he’d be ending his protest of the national anthem, where he was taking a knee to protest racial injustice in America (specifically police killings). He’ll be standing for the national anthem next season, with sources telling ESPN that Kaepernick no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created.
It’s unlikely that he feels he’s solved the problem he’s protesting, so could there be another reason for his change of tune? Perhaps because he’s been cut from the final season of his contract with the 49ers and is searching for a new job.
And given the wild unpopularity of his protests, it’s understandable that most teams would see him as a liability, regardless of their personal opinion on his protest.
According to Fox News Insider: Saint Patrick’s Day may have been Friday, but National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick is having no luck finding a new job for the 2017 season, Sandra Smith reported.
Kaepernick, 29, the longtime man-under-center for the San Francisco 49ers is now a free agent and has been unable to score a new contract with another team.
An anonymous general manager from one of the teams in the NFL’s American Football Conference (AFC) said Kaepernick has three major points working against him.
Tribunist lays those points out: “First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number at 20 percent.”
Secondly, some teams “fear the backlash from fans after getting him.” After the disrespect he showed the country and the flag, many teams are concerned that there will be protests and drama that’ll get in the way of the season. “I’d say that number is around 10 percent,” the anonymous source admitted.
And then the final coup de grâce: “Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.”
Sucks to be him.
Will anyone take a knee to protest this injustice?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]