Colin Kaepernick By: Samantha Kung
Colin Kaepernick was a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ners for about six seasons. However, 4 years ago in 2016 during the preseason, Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the National Anthem. His motive was to protest against racism and the oppression of people of color, especially African Americans. Starting with the third game in the pre-season, he continued to kneel throughout the rest of the regular season. This lead to a lot of backlash and controversy. Nike and many others supported Kaepernick. However, it created divisiveness because many of the fans that found it disrespectful, and many considered it to be “unnecessary drama”. Many of the coaches didn’t want the drama and eventually let Colin Kaepernick go and he has been an open agent since. After a few years, he eventually returned and recorded one of his workouts. The video became very popular and teams started becoming interested in offering him a position again. However, Kaepernick refused to sign the waiver that the NFL required in asking him to follow the rules and not create problems. This officially ended his career as a player and we sadly won’t be seeing him on the field any longer.