His “bigger than football” principles ended the moment they clashed with his wallet.
Now that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is out pounding the pavement in search of another NFL contract before retirement, he decided to put an end to his protest of the national anthem.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 2, 2017
His refusal to stand at each game’s opening performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” was in protest to a flag that “oppresses black people and people of color.”
Kaepernick was so oppressed at the time that he only had a $126 million contract with the San Francisco team.
Poor performance on the field led to him being benched. But despite that, the 49ers presented Kaepernick the Len Eshmont Award, the most prestigious honor handed out by the franchise.
Nonetheless, the quarterback opted out of his contract with San Francisco and is seeking greener pastures elsewhere. He’s also putting his protest days behind him.
“Kaepernick no longer wants the past method of protest to detract from the positive change that he believes has been created, per sources,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter wrote, according to the New York Daily News.
And the fact that he’s now a free agent may have something to do with it as well. The Daily News reported:
It’s when he’s in the market for a new contract that Kaepernick is perfectly fine putting on a more palatable face, being a hypocrite and pretend protester. His bold actions sparked a stunning movement against racial injustice late last summer, but now he forsakes that movement, refocusing on the football future he once claimed did not matter.
Folks on social media weren’t surprised. They called it as they saw it — another act of hypocrisy by an overpaid, pampered athlete.
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@NYDailyNews he knows no team wants that distraction so all of a sudden the protest ends. Could it be more obvious?
— Chad Rath (@chad_rath) March 3, 2017
Wasn’t he already a hypocrite for making a political statement and then not bothering to vote?
— A Dude of Horror (@TheHorrorDude) March 2, 2017
Colin Kaepernick is a hypocrite as he ends National Anthem protest now that he needs a new job.
I hope the ghetto thug ends up on Welfare.
— Dr. Frank Corleone? (@Da_Godfather907) March 3, 2017
— BetaNipson (@BetaNipson) March 2, 2017
— Tom Biersdorfer (@TomBiersdorfer) March 3, 2017
Then there was this:
— Amber (@NYCdeb8tr) March 2, 2017
His principles are evidently tidal — they come in and they go out.
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