NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick ignited a firestorm of backlash when he refused to stand and show respect to the American flag during a pregame national anthem last week, citing “racial oppression” as the reason for his protest.
Americans from all backgrounds, races and political persuasions blasted the 49ers player, who has made millions in the same country that he claims “oppresses” him. He even lost the support of several die-hard San Francisco fans.
But, losing fans may not be Kaepernick’s biggest problem. His lackluster season last year has led to him sitting on the bench and he is struggling to remain on the team.
Jay Glazer, a senior writer for Fox Sports, reported that the controversial quarterback would have a hard time making the team, regardless of his recent political stance.
“I’d be shocked if he’s on the 49ers by the time this season ends,” Glazer said, explaining that Kaepernick lost a lot of weight in the offseason following multiple surgeries.
Regardless of his political views, the quarterback just “hasn’t been effective,” the reporter said.
Glazer predicted that Kaepernick’s cut from the team might come as soon as the next two weeks, especially considering his recent political decision.
The only thing that might save him from the dismissal from the team is his contract, which guarantees him an $11.9 million salary for the season.
Someone who gets paid almost $12 million doesn’t usually get cut from the team, but then someone who makes that much also doesn’t usually make such political statements.