When Colin Kaepernick became a free agent this NFL off-season, he probably thought that no one would remember or care that he sat during the national anthem all last season. Well, it seems teams do remember. Not one team has called him in for a workout or an interview.
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An unnamed general manager says he thinks that there are three things holding him back. “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.
The final reason is probably the predominant reason no one wants him on their team. The source said, “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.”
Some executives have even gone as far as calling Kaepernick “an embarrassment to football.” The once famed all-pro quarterback has been essentially blacklisted by the NFL.
It’s not impossible for him to see the field again donning a new team’s jersey, but the chances are minute since he decided to go anti-cop and anti-America.
Kaepernick’s agent recently told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Kaepernick plans to stand during the anthem this season. Of course that announcement might have been made once it became obvious that Kaepernick is waiting by the phone for a job offer that may not come.
Yes, he is a talented player but when you allow politics and your own personal views to get in the way, nine times out of ten, it’s going to overshadow your play on the field. Kaepernick is finding that out the hard way.