The Protest Is Over: Colin Kaepernick Will No Longer Kneel During The National Anthem
49ers' QB Colin Kaepernick made headlines everywhere last year when he decided to not stand during the national anthem. He first began by sitting, and then kneeling each game during the anthem. As teammates began to join, so did other players in the NFL. Some would kneel like Kaepernick, hold hands, or have fists in the air as an act of solidarity with Kaepernick's protest. A wave of backlash emerged from fans, but so did support from others.People began to go as far as to burn Kaepernicks jersey. Despite the controversy, Kaepernick had the highest sold jersey during the 2016 season. Kaepernick explained his actions to NFL media:
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. 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."
Recently, Kaepernick has decided that kneeling is no longer necessary. He believes that his protests got the message across and drew enough attention to initiate positive change. ESPN's Adam Schefter says Kaepernick does not want to "detract from the positive change that he believes has been created."
It is important to note that Kaepernick intends to opt out of his contract with the 49ers this season, so he's shopping for a new team as a free agent. His protests threatened his future in the NFL due to all of the backlash, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up after making season-long headlines.
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