At a speech in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday, President Trump talked about a lot of things, but the thing that grabbed my attention was the comment about Colin Kaepernick. He basically said that owners wouldn't sign Kaepernick for fear of getting a nasty tweet from him. He was citing a report that he had read. President Trump's exact quote was, "It was reported that NFL owners don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that."
Kaepernick drew a lot of attention to himself in the previous NFL season by kneeling during the National Anthem. He was doing it in protest to police brutality, and unjust treatment of minorities. Kaepernick's actions were praised by former President Obama. Kaepernick's lead was followed by many NFL players all throughout the season. It was then, and still is highly controversial. A lot of people had issues with it because of the men and women who sacrifice everything for the flag. To many people kneeling was unpatriotic and disrespectful to our service men and women.
Maybe the reason Kaepernick is still a free agent doesn't have to do with his political message, but to do with his on-field performance. There's no denying his numbers have declined. He was benched last season, and was getting all kinds of media attention as a back up quarterback. He would be a solid back up for any team. So maybe the reason he isn't signed is because of the circus following him. He has pledged to stand this upcoming season for the National Anthem. He may have made that pledge just to maximize his free agent value. I think that the main reason he is unsigned is that teams are still questioning his passing ability. There is no denying the fact that a lot of teams don't want the media attention from signing him, but I don't think the President is blocking him from signing with a team for fear of a tweet.
Kaepernick's message was received well by some, who were saying that it's about time someone stood up (in this case took a knee) against the way things are going. A lot of people were furious with the way that Kaepernick tried to convey his message. A lot of fans wouldn't necessarily be happy with their favorite team signing the free agent quarterback. I think that it is within the realm of possibility that fan reaction is keeping him off a lot of teams. Let's not forget he was far from the only player to take a knee, but he got the hate for it. He was the ring leader of it, and he took the brunt of the insults, and hate. I don't think a "nasty tweet" is keeping Kaepernick from finding a new home, I think Kaepernick is keeping himself from finding a new home.