Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will stand during the national anthem next season, sources told ESPN on Thursday.
Kaepernick no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created, sources told ESPN. He also said the amount of national discussion on social inequality — as well as support from other athletes nationwide, including NFL and NBA players — affirmed the message he was trying to deliver…
Kaepernick said the discussion about social inequality should include all people, and he plans to continue raising money for the underprivileged and presenting the “Know Your Rights” camps nationwide that he started last year.
“No longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created” is quite the gassy euphemism for dropping his protest now that it might hurt his paycheck. This guy must be the only liberal in America who’s less eager to protest now that Trump is in office.
His numbers were decent enough last season to warrant some free-agent interest now (16 TDs, 4 INTs) but not so hot as to considerably lighten the load of his political baggage for an interested GM. A possible compromise: He’ll drop the anthem protest, sure, but he’ll have to do something new and more low-key to save face among his left-wing fans. Maybe he’ll take to wearing one of those Castro t-shirts he seems to like so much, or the socks with pigs as police, on the sidelines before games? He has to do something to clear the air of the stench of “sellout.” It’s overpowering.
Via Breitbart, here’s Colin Cowherd reflecting on the obvious.