After staging an anti-American protest in multiple NFL games last season, Colin Kaepernick wasn’t picked to play on any team this year — and it probably has to do with his lack of patriotism.
After finishing a poor season with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick was expected to be able to still find work as a backup, but that didn’t happen. Kaepernick isn’t on any NFL rosters and a lot of NFL fans are actually okay with it. (via ESPN)
Kaepernick became a media hero to the left last season when he refused to stand up and participate in the singing of The Star Spangled Banner. When asked about his refusal to stand, he claimed it was his protest against how he felt the country “oppresses black people and people of color,” referring to the debunked accusations of cops killing suspects due to racism and not simply in the line of duty or self-defense.
Later in the season, he was seen wearing ‘anti-police’ socks at a practice that depicted officers as pigs. When questioned about the socks, Kaepernick denied the socks were anti-police but were, in fact, protesting “rogue cops”. Rogue cops according to Kaepernick are officers “that are allowed to hold positions in police departments” who “put the community in danger”.
His refusal to stand for the National Anthem disgusted many fans according to the co-owner of the New York Giants, John Mara. “All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue.” He went on to describe the mail he received from Giants fans: “’If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game.’ It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more so than any other issue I’ve run into.”
Mara also pointed out that many teams are conscious of the response fans have had to Kaepernick’s behavior and their current emotions towards him. It’s also important to note that the NFL saw a sharp drop in TV ratings after fans started boycotting the NFL because of Kaepernick’s actions. It’s no wonder that few teams would openly consider a player like Kaepernick, let alone sign him, when trying to sell tickets. You can’t hold onto a fan base when the fans hate your player.
He drew even more criticism after he told reporters that he wasn’t going to vote in the presidential election. In his words, “I’ve been very disconnected from the systematic oppression as a whole. So, for me, it’s another face that’s going to be the face of that system of oppression. And to me it didn’t really matter who went in there [referring to the candidates], the system still remains intact that oppresses people of color.”
Kaepernick’s toxic attitude towards his country, law enforcement, and the American system has angered fans and made the NFL leery of having any connection to him. Now Kaepernick is left sitting on the bench — something he’s become very good at.