This comes under the category of “what on earth was he thinking about?” I must imagine that deep down the pampered dope knows that his career is over. Colin Kaepernick’s game performance has been less than satisfactory for some time now and as such he was very likely to get cut from the 49ers this year in any event (and what team would be needy enough to want to pickup an injury prone has-been like him?). Consequently he’s probably all angry, bitter and feeling sorry for himself and wanted to get back at the world. So he made some sweeping and provocative political statement put himself back at the center of attention and make everyone else feel his pain. Certainly dissing America and by extension all patriotic NLF fans who had nothing to do with any of the social ills Kaepernick claims to be concerned about was not the best course of action as it gains him no sympathy whatsoever from those same fans. The teams owners can see that plain enough. What companies will want to pay him for endorsements now? Would any sports network want to hire him as a commentator (outside of lefty ESPN)?
If Colin Kaepernick ends up getting released by the San Francisco 49ers, he may have an incredibly difficult time finding work elsewhere.
Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report spoke with seven anonymous NFL executives, and the consensus among all of them is that their teams would never sign Kaepernick in the wake of his national anthem protest.
“I don’t want him anywhere near my team,” one front office executive said. “He’s a traitor.”
“He has no respect for our country,” another exec told Freeman. “(Expletive) that guy.”
Each of the seven execs said he believes Kaepernick will never play in the NFL again if and when the 49ers cut the 28-year-old. Taking it a step further, one team official told Freeman he believes 90 to 95 percent of NFL front offices have blacklisted Kaepernick. That same exec said he cannot remember this much “collective dislike” for a player since Rae Carruth, who was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Carruth’s story, the former star wide receiver remains in jail after he was convicted of devising a plan to murder his pregnant girlfriend.
That seems a bit harsh. Many people feel Kaepernick’s decision to protest the national anthem is disrespectful, but he certainly doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Carruth.
In any event, Kaepernick’s poor performance on the field last season, his injury history and the current controversy surrounding him will likely turn teams off. If the majority of the league feels as strongly as the executives Freeman interviewed — or this former NFL quarterback, for that matter — Kaepernick’s pro football days could be numbered.