Kaepernick Ends Protest for Upcoming Season
By Brandon Simmons
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick grabbed the nation’s attention last season with his bold move of kneeling during the national anthem to protest injustice; but that may soon be coming to an end during the upcoming season. According to ESPN.com, the former San Francisco 49er will be actually be standing during the anthem, thus ending his on-the-field protest against injustices in America, which included police brutality.
The protest started back in the 2016 preseason but did not garner any attention until the 3rd preseason game. Kaepernick explained to the media that he was against the injustice and corruption that was occurring in the country, especially to people of color. From the first time his actions were publicized, he received criticism and praise. Many who opposed him thought it was a dig at the military while the people in his corner credited him with being courageous for standing up for something.
His stance did not just stop at the coin toss. Kaepernick also pledged to $1 million to organizations that fought against police brutality and got the 49ers organization to match that offer. He also started the “Know Your Rights” organization which involved putting on a camp where youth learned about what they were allowed to do when interacting with police officers.
This week, Kapernick plans to opt out of his contract with the 49ers and become a free agent, so a lot of people will question the validity of this announcement. Among those critics of his protest, some reported that NFL owners made up a few of those detractors. There were also quite a few players who took exception to the protest. But Kaep insists that stopping the protest will not distract from the positive things that have come about the whole situation.
Colin Kaepernick made a bold move when he did not have to at all, during arguably one of the more divisive times in this country’s recent memory. He’s done a lot more with his platform in a short amount of time than many of our other favorite athletes may have done in years.
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