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Sid Rosenberg: Colin Kaepernick will now stand because his money is being threatened

Colin Kaepernick is a free agent.

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The saying “the chickens have come home to roost” now directly applies to recently unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Last week the former San Francisco 49ers second round pick opted out of his contract with the 49ers and is now looking for more work as a NFL quarterback in some capacity.

Following a nightmare season on the field, Kaepernick managed to keep himself in the headlines off the field and now that Kaepernick is fresh out of a consistent cash flow, he is beginning to show his true colors.

By now we all know why a washed up, third string NFL quarterback’s name is in both the pro sports and political headlines. On August 26th 2016, Kaepernick refused to stand for the the national anthem of the United States of America because he felt that the United States Federal government was oppressing black people and people of color. Kaepernick said that when he would stop his protest when he thought things have changed. Well, as of March 8th 2017 Kaepernick still does not think that things have changed regarding the oppression of black people and people of color but he will no longer protest the national anthem prior to the start of NFL games.

If Kaepernick were true to his word he would not sacrifice his political stance by hindering his highly public political protest.Now that Kaepernick has made it clear that he will no longer protest the national anthem of the United States of America, he has clearly not kept his world. In politics Kaepernick would be categorized as a flip-flopper but in general he is hypocrite and pathetic. It goes to show that in the age of short attention spans and flavor of the week protesting, attention seekers looking to gain a public following by expressing opinions that they know will get attention, they eventually fold like a cheap suit.

What it boils down to is that Kaepernick’s money is now being threatened and teams won’t be interested in signing a player who is performing a political protest in a highly public space. Which reminds me that to go along with the political baggage, Kaepernick has shown over his past two seasons that he nowheres near the $126 million dollar man many thought he was (well at least the 49ers thought so).

Luckily for the 49ers they dodged a bullet with Kaepernick opting out of his contract.Prior to the 2016 season Kaepernick had his contract restructured so that he could become a free agent at season's end but because of the way Kaepernick’s contract was negotiated the 49ers could cut him at anytime and not take the hit financially.

Not many teams have expressed interest in Kaepernick as of yet but one team that is reportedly interested is the Cleveland Browns and we all know what happens to quarterbacks in Cleveland.You might as well start digging the hole yourself for your NFL career’s coffin, Colin.

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