Colin Kaepernick says he will refuse to stand for the national anthem tonight, which happens to be Military Night at the stadium in San Diego Thursday night. You have to wonder if the real reason he is doing this is because he knows his NFL career is over and once he’s cut, he will blame it on his refusal to stand. He has stunk up the place the last two seasons and after one particularly embarrassing game, he went home and tried to commit suicide but someone intercepted the bullet.
The stadium is expected to be filled with servicemen and women and it’s very likely that his insult won’t go over well. San Francisco have only kept Kaepernick on, hoping to find someone foolish or desperate enough to trade for him, but that possibility is long gone. Look for them to either make a trade or sign someone who has been cut by another team. Tim Tebow is still available. They have nothing to lose. This season is already gone.
Kaepernick is being supported by Shaun King, the white black man and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but he has also been criticized many black superstars including Russel Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.
It’s unclear how the public will perceive Kaepernick’s protest over time, but the reaction from a military-dominated crowd in San Diego tonight might offer some hints.
On the field, Kaepernick will be wrestling with a different drama from the one that has dogged him off the field in the past week: He is trying to keep his job with the team on which he rose to stardom in 2012, when he led it to its first Super Bowl in two decades.
Since losing that game to the Baltimore Ravens, Kaepernick has battled injuries and on-field inconsistency, leaving some analysts to speculate that he is at risk of being dropped by the 49ers, particularly with the vehement public reaction to his national anthem protest.