San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has had enough problems as of late without Friday’s incredibly seflish and inflammatory act of idiocy. The one-time budding star has seen his career take a downward trajectory into the crapper ever since he started for the team in Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. While the 49ers lost the championship to the Baltimore Ravens in a fare-thee-well to legendary goon Ray Lewis, Kaepernick’s future looked bright before being derailed by a series of onfield flops, locker room issues and injuries. This was to be his big chance to reassert himself in the new Chip Kelly offense but instead of putting his nose to the grindstone the big dummy decided to use his return performance to make a political statement.
As reported by NBC Sports “Kaepernick sits during national anthem”:
On a night that was supposed to be significant for what 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did on the field, what he didn’t do while off the field will create even bigger headlines.
During the playing of the national anthem, Kaepernick sat.
The 49ers have confirmed that Kaepernick did not stand for the anthem, and they have issued the following statement.
“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony,” the team said in a statement issued to PFT. “It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
It’s unclear why Kaepernick sat. However, Kaepernick retweeted the following message on Thursday, which accompanied images of the American and Confederate flags: “The fact that you really believe that there is difference in these flags means that your [sic] ignoring history.”
With the 49ers predicted to be among the league’s bottom-feeders in 2016 the last thing that they needed was the distraction of their mercurial quarterback going rogue in such a controversial manner.
According to NFL.com “Colin Kaepernick explains why he sat during national anthem”:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “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.”
The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick’s decision: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. 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 choice to make the occasion all about himself could spell doom for Kaepernick’s career as a 49er because let’s face it, when you have already lost your job to Blaine Gabbert it’s not much farther to arena football.
Kaepernick threw for a whopping 14 yards in a 21-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.