Colin Kaepernick is an idiot. He thought he was taking a principled stand by, well, not standing for the National Anthem. But no matter how well he plays, all anyone’s going to associate him with is disrespecting America.
And what NFL team wants to deal with that?
For the fans, the NFL is about sports. But for the executives that run the league, it’s about making money. It’s a business.
And Kaepernick is bad for business.
When Colin Kaepernick became a free agent this NFL off-season, he probably thought that no one would remember or care that he sat during the national anthem all last season. Well, it seems teams do remember. Not one team has called him in for a workout or an interview.
An unnamed general manager says he thinks that there are three things holding him back. “First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number at 20 percent.”
Secondly, some teams “fear the backlash from fans after getting him.” After the disrespect he showed the country and the flag, many teams are concerned that there will be protests and drama that’ll get in the way of the season. “I’d say that number is around 10 percent,” the anonymous source admitted.
The final reason is probably the predominant reason no one wants him on their team. The source said, “Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.”