Things haven’t gone well for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick since his ill-advised national anthem protests that sparked nationwide backlash.
In October, the controversial athlete reportedly signed a revised deal with the NFL team that effectively deleted the last three years of his contract — 2018 through 2020 — which could make him a free agent in March, according to USA Today.
In other words, Kaepernick is likely out of a job at the end of the 2016-2017 season, and millions of America-loving, patriotic football fans across the country are not sad about it.
Not only has the NFL quarterback ostracized himself by insulting the American flag and the military men and women who have sacrificed on behalf of our country, but his capabilities on the field have also been insulting to fans of the 49ers who have undoubtedly been disappointed in their team’s 9-game losing streak.
Kaepernick’s lackluster performance on the field can be attributed to him missing most of the offseason due to shoulder, thumb and knee injuries, as well as the fact that he also skipped a large part of the team’s training camp because of a “tired throwing arm,” USA Today reported.
“(P)hysically (he) is not where he was pre-injury,” 49ers head coach Chip Kelly explained.
Although another team could sign Kaepernick to their roster, the team would have to assume some level of risk because of the negative publicity surrounding his national anthem protest, Forbes opined.
Many football fans, including fans who had previously supported the 49ers quarterback, strongly disagreed with the way in which he chose to protest what he perceived as the mistreatment of minorities in the country.
Kaepernick recently stirred up controversy, again, when he revealed that, after months of being vocal about his disagreement with American government and policies, he did not vote in the 2016 election.
And in fact, despite trying to portray himself as a civil rights leader or idealist, the controversial athlete has never voted or even registered to vote in any election, according to The Sacramento Bee.
If Kaepernick doesn’t make it back onto the field in future seasons, I feel confident that few people will be sad about it.
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