Earlier today, ESPN reported that Colin Kaepernick will stand during the national anthem before games next season because he believes that his silent protest last year helped create positive change.
Try telling that to critics and fans alike, though. Upon learning of the news, people began to slam the quarterback, insinuating that his change of heart is simply an attempt to extend his NFL career. Kaepernick, 29, is scheduled to opt out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers this week and become a free agent next week. And many think the quarterback's 180-degree turn is a direct result of needing a job. Damn ... did they forget about all the times last year that he put his money where his mouth is to combat racism and police brutality? Perhaps so.
Here's how the news broke about Kaep wanting to stand for the national anthem next season and all those who sacked the QB, saying the decision is just because he needs a new gig.
This tweet set off the blitz of reactions.
The New York City tabloid just couldn't overlook the timing of Kaepernick's decision lining up with his impending free agency.
Stephen A. thinks Kaepernick is just trying "to prolong his NFL career."
Yeah, the takes on this subject will likely increase, too.
The thought is that standing for the national anthem will help him get another gig from an NFL franchise, which won't view him as a distraction of any sorts this fall. You buying it, though?
In other words, this guy is saying Kaepernick will play in the Canadian Football League next season.
Now, this is just uncalled for.
Any truth to this whatsoever?
One would think that Kaepernick would kneel during the national anthem all next season with Donald Trump being as divisive as he has been through his early presidency.
They're telling his haters to take several seats.
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