San Francisco 49er’s Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a national outcry during last season’s NFL Football games when he refused to stand during the singing of our National Anthem.
Kaepernick said he was protesting police brutality in the United States.
With the nation watching and taking notice, other players decided to stand with Kaepernick; but now he has decided to stand next season!!!
Kaepernick said in a statement to ESPN: “He no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created.” He also said: “The amount of national discussion on social inequality — as well as support from other athletes nationwide, including NFL and NBA players — affirmed the message he was trying to deliver.
Some believe that now that he is a free agent that he is losing money, and a lot of it!! Personally, I don’t think a lot of teams want to touch a player who comes in with “Protest” baggage.
There were other steps Kaepernick took that did not receive the same amount of attention as his anthem stance.
The Colin Kaepernick Foundation pledged to give $1 million to community organizations helping underprivileged people; the San Francisco 49ers matched with another $1 million in donations. He has followed through with monthly donations of $100,000 spread out over 10 months to organizations all over the country.