What happens when two of 2016’s biggest stories collide? A must see TV moment. That’s what happened when President Trump decided to take a jab at NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Trump’s line about the free agent quarterback had the Louisville, Kentucky crowd roaring with approval.
“It was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” he said as cheers erupted. “Do you believe that? I just saw that”
Trump ripped the former 49ers quarterback for sitting out the national anthem during the 2016 season:
“I said if I remember that one I’m going to report it to the people of Kentucky. They like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”
Trump was referring to an article in Bizpac Review, which reported some teams fear Trump’s wrath if they were to sign the free agent quarterback.
Kaepernick caused controversy at the beginning of the 2016 NFL season when he decided to sit during the national anthem. The quarterback cited oppression of African Americans as the reason for the move, but it ended up backfiring. Many saw the actions as a publicity stunt for a struggling quarterback, and now Kaepernick is having trouble finding a new job in the open market.
Although Kaepernick said that his days of protesting the national anthem are over, many teams are wary about the negative attention signing Kaepernick might bring to their team. The potential for President Trump to bring even more attention to the issue only serves to highlight how hard it will be for Kaepernick to find a landing spot.
Americans don’t like when people disrespect their flag. It’s a lesson Kaepernick is finding out the hard way. For him, it’s a lesson that might just leave him without a job.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]