I remember a time where Colin Kaepernick was one of the more likable players in the NFL; really bursts on to the scene and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl one year, and then the Conference Championship the next. But he's really taken a hit in production and the 49ers are the victim of his poor play, as they've been on the outside looking in on the playoff picture for a couple of years.
But even throughout the struggles, I liked Kaep and was rooting for him to succeed because he was such a likable guy and didn't run people the wrong way.
All that goes away now as he sat through the National Anthem at two Niner preseason games. The latest being last night before San Fran lost to Green Bay. Kaep did explain his reasoning for not standing for the Anthem; "I am not going to stand up and show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
Look, I understand his "reasoning," but he has no problem underachieving his way into getting paid $20 million, and playing like garbage in front of plenty of people paying their hard-earned money on tickets. The point is, you may not agree with what is going on in the country at the moment, but you need to bite your lip and stand up for the Anthem.
What Kaepernick did is absolutely unacceptable and really is going to rub a lot of people the wrong way.
Usain Bolt at the Olympics, doesn't run for the US, isn't from the US, but he interrupted a reporter trying to interview him so he can pay homage to the US and listen to the Anthem. Now that's how you gain respect, what Kaepernick did helps you lose respect.