Colin Kaepernick is on the hot seat once again after not standing up for the national anthem on Friday night. Will this latest incident force the San Francisco 49ers to finally part ways with their start quarterback?
Kaepernick opted not stand up during the national anthem ceremony before their game against the Green Bay Packer on Friday. His action drew mixed reactions online, but the 49ers QB did not seem to care.
According to Kaepernick, the decision to sit down while the national anthem was ongoing was his own decision. He said that he cannot take pride of the flag of the country, who does not treat black people the way they should be treated. Kaepernick said that he just made a stand on the racial discrimination in the United States.
Will it be enough for the 49ers to finally ditch the quarterback?
As it appears, Kaepernick will stay — at least for the first few weeks of the upcoming season. The 49ers and the league actually released a statement, saying that the 28-year-old quarterback did not violate any rule.
“In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem,” the league said in a statement via Sporting News.
However, Colin Kaepernick trade talks will not end and will even intensify following the incident. Previous reports confirmed that Kaepernick asked for a possible trade earlier in the offseason before he decided to stay put. His recent injuries also made him a non-factor in San Francisco.
But whether or not he will be traded is not something to worry about for Kaepernick. According to the five-year veteran, he knows that negative effects of his action but he does not care if it will cost him his job or if his endorsement partners will end his contract with them.
“I am not looking for approval,” Kaepernick told NFL Media. “I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”