The man who started it all, the kneeling demonstrations during the national anthem, has capitulated to his opponents. Apparently, so desperate to get back to playing football, Colin Kaepernick has announced that he is willing to stand during the national anthem if he can get a contract with a team.
Ever since the first time he took a knee late last summer, Kaepernick and other players have made a political statement on the field, projecting the message that there is an epidemic of police brutality and violence against black Americans. Since then, that original message has kind of been lost, and the demonstrations have been more about “equality” (though I’d counter that much of it was a bandwagon effect).
The NFL has suffered great losses since that time, as the demonstrations have clouded out the entire point of the game: to play the game. Fans have turned off the TV, given up their season tickets, pulled advertising deals, and lost the approval ratings of just about every American demographic.
The one who has been most affected was Kaepernick himself, as millions of Americans were turned off by his statements during the games, and even that which he said off the field as well. After the end of last season, he was released by the San Francisco 49ers, and looking for work elsewhere. The Baltimore Ravens almost signed him, but a crude and racist message from his girlfriend directed at Ray Lewis prevented that from manifesting.
Now, Kaepernick is so desperate to play again that he is willing to stand during the national anthem in exchange for a contract, the Associated Press is reporting.
NEW YORK (AP) — Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has told CBS that he would stand during the national anthem if given a chance to play football in the NFL again.
According to a report by Jason La Canfora on Sunday, Kaepernick has been living in New York and working out privately in New Jersey with the hope of signing with a team this season.
Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem last season to bring more attention to the killings of black men by police officers. The protests spread this season after the former San Francisco 49er was unable to sign on with another team.
The issue has grown this season as Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett recently said he was racially profiled by Las Vegas police during a confrontation, and President Donald Trump aggressively chastised players and owners for protesting during the anthem.
The question that now remains is what team would be willing to sign Kaepernick? Given the widespread nature of these demonstrations, fans may be hesitant to say yes to bringing Kaepernick onto their team given the connotation that is now indelibly marked on his record.
Furthermore, what teams currently need another quarterback this far into the season? Maybe he could land a second-string bench position, but the chances of him landing a starting-position contract are slim right now.
What do you think? If Kaepernick sticks to his word and stands during the national anthem, should a team sign him? Let me know what you think!