All throughout last season, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made a spectacle of himself. Now he’s complaining that no one wants to hire him.
According to several different outlets, Kaepernick, who is now a free agent for the first time in his career, is getting the cold shoulder from the league’s many organizations. One anonymous AFC general manager chalked Kaepernick’s cold reception up to three things: 1) he can’t play at a high performance level anymore, 2) owners fear his presence will cause a backlash among the fanbase, and 3) owners and organizations simply hate him. (via The Mercury News).
Expanding on the third point, the unnamed AFC general manager said: “They [the NFL owners] want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.”
Beginning during the pre-season, Kaepernick began kneeling or sitting during the playing of the National Anthem. When this disrespect was noticed, Kaepernick was all-too-eager to explain himself to the media.
Kaepernick essentially parroted the verbal garbage of Black Lives Matter in protesting against racial discrimination and police brutality, via CBS News.
Kaepernick further highlighted his political ideology by attending press conferences in outfits referencing Malcolm X and Fidel Castro.
In a celebrated moment during the 2016 season, Kaepernick’s public adoration of the communist dictator Castro, as someone who improved Cuba’s racial relations and its literacy rate, earned him an enemy in Kiko Alonso.
The Dolphins linebacker, who is Cuban-American, said that Kaepernick’s actions created feelings of “bad blood” between the two. (via The Washington Post).
One of the more under-reported parts of the last year’s Kaepernick drama was his relationship with Islam. Specifically, in August of 2016, conservative blogger Pat Dollard revealed that Kaepernick’s social media posts indicated that he had converted, via Pat Dollard.com.
Dollard chalked up this interest in the virulently anti-American faith to Kaepernick’s girlfriend, radio personality Nessa Diab. Diab, a Muslim, is known for her support of Black Lives Matter.