Why his protest may have nothing to do with race.
Colin Kaepernick has come under a lot of scrutiny in the last week for his refusal to participate in the national anthem this preseason. You’ve heard about it endlessly on ESPN, and no doubt are sick of hearing the debate on the merits of his actions.
What the news isn’t telling you is that Kaepernick has under-performed in his last two seasons as a starting NFL quarterback and is a toxic presence in the San Francisco locker room. Here are three recent examples of this:
Factoring this with his $11.9 million salary, it stands to reason that his protest was done with the knowledge he would be cut soon. And now he has a nice excuse for why they’ll be cutting him – because he is unpatriotic.
Now he has something to fall back on, knowing that many people would now cause a huge shit storm in his defense in case he is released.
Will he be cut? Only time will tell, but it stands to reason that this was his plan all along.
[Editor’s note that may or may not reflect the personal views of the author]
Not standing up during the national anthem as a form of peaceful protest to systemic injustice and then coherently and eloquently defending that protest are perfectly acceptable things to do as a person living in the United States. Kaepernick might just be trying to create a space for himself outside of being an NFL quarterback, which has proven to be mostly unsuccessful in his case.