Colin Kaepernick started a movement across the country last year when he kneeled for the American anthem, citing racism and mistreatment by police officers as the reason.
He vowed that he would stay on his knee until he saw a significant change, but then he announced in 2017 he will be standing once again for the anthem. Just a few days later, Kaepernick became a free agent.
ESPN reports, “Kaepernick no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created, sources told ESPN. He also said 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.”
After refusing to stand for the national anthem in 2016, activist and quarterback Colin Kaepernick now plans to stand in 2017, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Kaepernick said from the beginning that he would kneel until he saw a significant change, but that change seems to be when he no longer has a gig in the NFL.
The polarizing quarterback opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers this week and will officially be a free agent next week.
Per ESPN’s Schefter, Kaepernick is ending the protest because he does not want to “detract from the positive change that he believes has been created,” but the timing of the announcement makes it obvious that the quarterback wants to separate himself from the distraction and controversy.