Now that it is time to find a job, agents for quarterback Colin Kaepernick have told ESPN that the quarterback will stand for the National Anthem moving forward.
“Kaepernick no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change that he believes has been created, sources told ESPN. He also believes 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.”
There are a variety of different ways to look at this. The dual-threat will opt out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers next week at the start of the league year.
He obviously wants to prove to clubs that he won’t be a distraction yet he may be creating a bigger distraction by drawing questions that center around his hypocrisy.
After all, morals and values and ideals don’t have a shelf life and this new stance appears to be seriously convenient to his continued employment.
Had he done what many feel is the right thing which would have been to relent and stand last season, this would not look so cowardly.
Kaepernick went as far as to slam the reasoning as to why he as a minority should vote in the most controversial election in our most recent history but now… he wants to avoid the political spotlight.
Combine these points with the fact that his on field play has been shoddy at best since coach Jim Harbaugh left the NFL. Last season he owned a mediocre 59.2 percent completion rate. Let’s leave that there and move on.
You have to wonder about what is really going through his head.
The saying goes ‘united we stand.’ And it’s not one that can be used and put away when it serves one’s personal interests.
Its going to be hard enough for Kaepernick to get a job because his skills have declined.
Its going to be even harder now that we know that his moral compass only shifts when it does him some personal good.