It looks like an NFL quarterback “nobody ever heard of” can thank President Donald Trump for his current unemployed status.
“The San Francisco quarterback I’m sure nobody ever heard of, I’m just reporting the news, there was an article today reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” the president said during a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, Monday night.
Trump appears to be referring to a Bleacher Report article about Colin Kaepernick from Friday that cited one AFC team’s general manager as its sole source.
“Some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or Trump will tweet about the team,” the GM said as one of several reasons the QB is teamless.
Trump said he wanted to tell “the people of Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”
Free-agent Kaepernick sparked a movement — and outrage — when he started taking a knee during the national anthem before games last fall to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
While discussing his actions with the media, Kaepernick took a shot at then-candidate Trump, saying he was “openly racist.”
Trump soon fired back, calling Kaepernick’s protest “a terrible thing,” adding “maybe he should find a country that works better for him.”
Kaepernick, 29, has not signed with another NFL team since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers earlier this month. Sources told ESPN that the quarterback will not take a knee during the national anthem in the coming season.