After over two years of accusing the NFL of “collusion” against him, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was given a unique chance by the league on Saturday to prove that he deserves a shot back on the field despite the potential distraction the mediocre QB might pose for teams. The anthem-kneeling former player responded by suddenly refusing to attend, instead holding his own workout at a high school with about a third of the number of scouts there, and then accusing the league of “running” from him.
The self-created fiasco has prompted even analysts from the Kaepernick-apologist four-letter network to slap the player-turned-social justice warrior for wanting to “play martyr” rather than “play ball.” The whole debacle also gave Donald Trump Jr. an excuse to work in a dig at his father’s least favorite former QB while celebrating the economic success of his administration.
Kaepernick started his league-disrupting protest movement in the preseason of 2016 while he was riding the bench for the 49ers. After the press noticed that he was refusing to stand during the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Kaepernick explained that the country did not deserve his respect because it “oppresses” minorities. “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. “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 keeping himself in headlines for the rest of the season and helping lead the team to a dismal 2-14 record, Kaepernick opted for free agency and soon found himself with no suitors. In response, he sued the league for “collusion,” a lawsuit settled in February 2019 for a reportedly disappointing sum.
While his protest of the country was big news in 2016, the issue exploded during the 2017 season when President Trump famously slammed the “son of a b****” players refusing to honor the flag.