The bank account balance must be running low for Colin Kaepernick, because his “principled” anti-American protest has officially come to an end.
As you all remember, last year the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback began taking a knee during the national anthem because he didn’t want to “honor a nation that oppresses black people.” He was making reference to police brutality in particular, though it’s unclear what he thought his silent protest would do. Are police officers in life-threatening situations supposed to pause for a second and ask themselves “what would Kaepernick do?”
It was ridiculous from the start, and the unpopularity of it all was immediately clear. Kaepernick was booed during home games in San Francisco of all places, and if you’re getting booed in loony lefty San Fran, it’s a guarantee you’ll be even less popular elsewhere. He’s since left the 49ers, and been unsigned for the past year. He’s getting so desperate that he’s now willing to end his silent protest, so long as he can play football again.
According to USA Today, Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has told CBS that he would stand during the national anthem if given a chance to play football in the NFL again.
According to a report by Jason La Canfora on Sunday, Kaepernick has been living in New York and working out privately in New Jersey with the hope of signing with a team this season.
According to CBS, La Canfora sat down with Kaepernick, his girlfriend and his trainer on Saturday night. It was not described as an interview, as La Canfora paraphrased Kaepernick’s comments.
La Canfora said his “primary takeaway” was that Kaepernick’s sole focus is on being a quarterback. Kaepernick does on-field work and throws hundreds of passes for several hours a day at an undisclosed location in New Jersey. He also trains in a gym and spends part of his days working with youth in Harlem.
Kaepernick said his agent is talking to all 32 teams, and he’s hopeful a team will give him an opportunity for a tryout. Kaepernick said if he is signed, he doesn’t plan to kneel during the anthem. He also said proceeds from his jersey sales would be donated to charity.
Way to stand up for what you don’t believe in.