Trust me, I can’t believe we’re still talking about this jacka** either.
As you’ve all heard, San Franciso 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been protesting the national anthem by taking a knee while its sung. His justification is that he doesn’t want to honor a nation “that oppresses black people” (by paying them $19 million a year??).
It’s drawn him some praise, with a few fellow teammates joining the protest, but for the most part, it hasn’t gone well. He was booed entering the field at a home game in San Francisco of all places – and trust me, the cities he’s going to be playing in only get more conservative than San Francisco.
According to the polls, while 63 percent of blacks support his protest, only 24 percent of whites do. Overall, 47 percent of Americans under the age of 34 support oppose his protest, while 39 percent support it. Of Americans aged 55 and older, 65 percent oppose the protest.
Most damning to the NFL if they do nothing is that 44 percent of fans stating they would stop watching the 49ers’ games if players continue their protest.
Now, Kaepernick is in hot water.
As IHaveTheTruth reported:
Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers need each other for the next 11 games, and probably no more.
Kaepernick gets a chance to prove he can still be an NFL quarterback, beginning Sunday on the road against the Buffalo Bills. The Niners (1-4) get a needed shakeup through “one of the only maneuvers we can make,” as coach Chip Kelly put it Tuesday in announcing the decision to start Kaepernick instead of Blaine Gabbert.
And that’s where this rocky relationship — from Kaepernick’s ascent to Super Bowl starter to last season’s benching to an off season trade request to newfound support amidst his controversial protests during the national anthem — seems destined to end.
It looks like Colin Kaepernick will play the next 11 games for the San Francisco 49ers and that will be it!
The 49ers and Kaepernick’s agents have been working on a restructured contract that, when finalized and signed, is expected to make him a free agent in March, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.
For anyone who needs a translation, that’s a really polite way of saying “you’re fired.”
The only downside that I can see from this is that Kaepernick and his ilk will likely interpret this in a way that confirms their ideology of victim-hood. They won’t see his departure as evidence that his protest was damaging to his team’s brand, they’ll just see him as yet another victim. At least he’ll have a mansion to go home and cry to.