NFL player Colin Kaepernick made major waves in the mainstream media this year when he refused to stand for the national anthem. He told reporters on numerous occasions he was doing it to bring attention to the injustice of police brutality against the African American population. His antics created a firestorm and permeated to other sports and even amateur and high school sports and other leagues. Now there is a new development for what he plans to do next season!
Kaepernick is searching for a new contract for the upcoming season and it appears he will be ditching his national anthem protests as a result. Sources that spoke to ESPN on Thursday said he will begin to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
#49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's new agents, Jeff Nalley & Sean Kiernan, informed 32 teams yesterday that they rep him and he will be opting out
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2017
His initial stand took place during a preseason game that the 49ers were playing against the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick had told the media the following,
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
After receiving immense backlash he chose to kneel for the anthem during one preseason game. During all sixteen of the regular season games he chose to kneel as well, after having public conversations with veterans who were offended by what he did.
When the controversy first came out, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell noted that the league supports those who wish to seek civic change but that the organization in totality is strongly patriotic. He told USA Today,
“I personally believe very strongly in that. I think it’s important to have respect for our country, for our flag, for the people who make our country better; for law enforcement, and for our military, who are out fighting for our freedoms and our ideals.”
Kaepernick’s new agents are Jeff Nalley and Sean Kiernan. Yesterday, they told approximately thirty-two teams that Kaepernick will not be kneeling or sitting any longer during the national anthem and that he is completely available.
New York Daily News sports writer Ebenezer Samuel said it made Kaepernick a hypocrite. He detailed why he felt this way with the following statement,
“Meet Colin Kaepernick, who comes off as a hypocrite and pretend protester after spending a half-year playing a part, but is now ready to step down after sparking a movement, proving once again how the pursuit of money can undermine the pursuit of racial justice.”
Regardless of this new development, the NFL player maintains that he will continue to foster a discussion of social inequality by hosting his “Know Your Rights” youth camps that help to,
“raise awareness on higher education, self-empowerment and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.”
The ultimate outcome is not in the least bit surprising. There are always consequences to your actions and whether owners agree with his social stand or not, not many people, if any, are going to be willing to take the risk of investing in a player that people hate and won’t buy tickets to see.
It is also utterly hypocritical and proves that his need to speak out is dependent on his ability to make money. Proving that Kaepernick is no different than the people he claims to hate so much.
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