Colin Kaepernick is a household name in America, and none of that is due to his NFL football career.
For those who don’t remember, Kaepernick enjoyed a brief stint with the San Francisco 49ers as a third-string back-up quarterback. However, he ascended into stardom overnight when he made the conscious choice to “take a knee” during the performance of the national anthem before a televised game, sparking a trend that was repeated throughout the year and eventually culminated with his dismissal from the league.
“Taking a knee” became popular for black NFL players, who saw it as a way to protest racist police brutality throughout the country. Many of the league’s fans said it was an unnecessary and disrespectful way to make that point.
Before we go on, let’s be very clear about something: Kaepernick did not lose his job with the NFL because of his decision to take a political stance. He lost his job because it turns out that he wasn’t all that good at football. Nevertheless, he was an icon for left-wing social activism. He has since landed a lucrative contract with Nike, and continued acting as part of “the resistance” for progressive politics.
Remember: during this entire saga, we were supposed to believe that Kaepernick just wanted back in the NFL. Well, his latest publicity stunt showed us all definitively that this was never the case.
Here’s Anthony Brian Logan with more.