A year ago when Colin Kaepernick decided to take a knee during the San Francisco 49ers preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, I questioned his timing and reasoning. I believe we all have the right to protest and boycott, especially against injustice and oppression. However, I think Kaepernick’s actions would have been much more effective when he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl rather than when his career was on a downward slope.
Following the 2015-2016 season, the 49ers were reportedly in trade talks with the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and Cleveland Browns. Both the Jets and the Browns wanted Kaepernick to take a pay cut but he refused, causing them to say, “No thanks.” The Denver Broncos signed Mark Sanchez during that offseason and traded up in the draft to select Paxton Lynch in the first round. https://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2016/4/29/11364848/colin-kaepernick-trade-49ers-denver-broncos-paxton-lynch
According to John Lynch, the 49ers General Manager, Colin Kaepernick was given the opportunity to opt out of his contract or be released. Kap chose to opt out. Lynch and new coach Kyle Shanahan didn’t think Colin would be a good fit for their new system. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/the-49ers-wouldve-cut-colin-kaepernick-if-he-hadnt-opted-out-of-his-contract/
Last season, Kaepernick completed almost 60% of his passes for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns, and only 4 interceptions in 12 games. He also added 468 rushing yards, and 2 touchdowns. Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, and C.J. Beathard are the quarterbacks currently on the Niners roster.
Hoyer only played half as many games as Kap last year but managed to complete 67% of his passes, while throwing for 1,445 yards, 6 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Matt Barkley threw 8 touchdown passes in contrast to 14 interceptions last season, in only 7 games. Beathard has yet to play in an NFL game. If the 49ers don’t think he can start, why not give him a chance to be the backup?
If you talk to some people, they’ll say Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed. Others will say he is no longer the superb athlete who nearly won a world championship a few years ago. What we know for sure is that our nation still isn’t ready to have an honest conversation about racial injustice in America.
What is keeping Kapernick from playing in the league isn’t his protest nor his stats. It is the money NFL Owners fear losing if he is a member of their teams. New York Giants owner John Mara reported receiving tons of letters from fans telling him they’d stop supporting the team if Kaepernick were on the roster.
There are probably just as many people who support Colin Kaepernick as those who don’t. What if those who side with the former 49ers qb decided to boycott the NFL? Do you think the owners would change their minds?