San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has taken a ton of heat for the reasons behind his decision to sit for the National Anthem that caused the initial firestorm over the weekend.
A column on Bleacher Report Wednesday featured several NFL executives lashing out against Kaepernick and not holding back about what they really feel about the Nevada product. Part of the column can be read below:
“I don’t want him anywhere near my team,” one front office executive said. “He’s a traitor.”
He wasn’t alone in the anger directed toward Kaepernick. In interviews with seven team executives, each said he didn’t want Kaepernick on his team. This is far from scientific, but I believe this is likely the feeling among many front office executives. Not all. But many.
All seven estimated 90 to 95 percent of NFL front offices felt the same way they did. One executive said he hasn’t seen this much collective dislike among front office members regarding a player since Rae Carruth. Remember Rae Carruth? He’s still in prison for the plot to murder his pregnant girlfriend.
Personally, I think the dislike of Kaepernick is inappropriate and un-American. I find it ironic that citizens who live in a country whose existence is based on dissent criticize someone who expresses dissent.
But in NFL front offices, the feeling is very different.
“He has no respect for our country,” one team executive said. “F–k that guy.”
It’s incredible how one person’s opinion can really turn around their career for the negative.
The 49ers plan to play Kaepernick against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium this weekend, while the Chargers will host Navy servicemen and one will sing the National Anthem.
Will it be the last time he dons a 49ers uniform? At this point who knows. Kaepernick could be black listed from the NFL for his comments, something former NFL punter Chris Kluwe said he felt he was after his comments on gay rights.
Whatever happens, this issue isn’t going to go away any time soon and the comments and opinions are going to be hot and contentious.