Out of a job Colin Kaepernick plans to stand for national anthem next season. ESPN reported “If Colin Kaepernick didn’t opt his contract, 49ers would have released QB.” Colin Kaepernick would been fired one way or another if he decided to stay with the 49ers.
I guess he’s willing to change his protest now that he needs a job.
It looks like veteran San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick might be done with his national anthem protests — now that he’s looking for a new NFL contract.
The controversial player will stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” next season, according to sources who spoke to ESPN Thursday. Kaepernick first made headlines in August 2016 for refusing to stand during his team’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, citing the “oppression” of black people in the United States.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said at the time. “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.”
Kaepernick remained seated during the national anthem for every preseason game except one, when he took a knee instead. For the 16 regular-season games, the 49ers quarterback knelt during the anthem.
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