Last Friday, we reported that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had made headlines when he refused to stand as the national anthem played before a game. Within 24 hours, fans were burning his jersey to let him know that what he did was wrong.
Kaepernick tried to defend his shameful show of disrespect, claiming:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said of his protest. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Now, Kaepernick’s little stunt has come back to bite him in a big way. According to Daily Mail, reports are coming in saying that NFL executives hate Kaepernick and see him as a traitor. Officials from seven team front offices across the league have stated that they don’t want to have anything to do with the quarterback after what he said.
Most of the executives also think Kaeperick will be released by the San Francisco 49ers very soon and won’t play professionally again.
“I don’t want him anywhere near my team. He’s a traitor,” one anonymous executive told Bleacher Report.
“He has no respect for our country. F*** that guy,” another added.
Though none of the executives revealed their names, all are believed to hold senior positions in various NFL franchises. Sources close to Kaepernick say that he is aware that his career is at risk, and that if he is cut by the NFL, he plans to devote his life to social activism.
However, the NFL has just announced that Kaepernick’s position is safe for the time being. He was re-signed to the 49er’s, but he will not be the starting quarterback.
Kaepernick is already guaranteed $11.9 million and can earn another $2 million in roster bonuses depending on playing time. His deal also comes equipped with nearly $25 million in injury guarantees after this year.
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