When two dozen NFL representatives and players met last week to discuss the issues behind a league-wide protest during the national anthem, it was strange that the guy who started the movement wasn’t involved.
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Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had informally invited Kaepernick, who did not attend. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the 32 NFL owners on Oct. 15, accusing them of colluding to keep him out of the NFL this season. Several teams have had to justify not pursuing Kaepernick, who threw for 16 touchdowns and ran for two more last season against four interceptions, while signing other clearly inferior options.
The latest team to be criticized for this is the Cardinals, who will play Drew Stanton (14 touchdowns, 20 interceptions in 34 career games) after starter Carson Palmer was injured. Palmer has a broken arm, and his timeline remains unclear. The Cardinals (3-4) are one game out of a wild-card spot, but will go forward with Stanton and Blaine Gabbert, who lost the starting job last season with the 49ers to Kaepernick and is 9-34 in his career as a starting quarterback.
While he’s become the most famous unemployed NFL player this season, Kaepernick has stayed out of the public spotlight, but he has donated nearly $1 million to various charities.
Six percent said they were boycotting games in solidarity with kneeling players.
The issue has become a Lucas Johansen Authentic Jersey flashpoint for Americans since President Trump said on Sept. 22 that NFL team owners should fire son of a bitch anthem protesters, and then spent the weekend waging war against the league in a flurry of tweets.
On that front, 28 percent of fans said they agreed with the president, while 55 percent said that they backed the league. The remaining 17 percent did not pick a side, the survey found.
Just 38 percent of fans said they actually support players who kneel, suggesting not all of the of the people backing the league against Trump actually like the players’ protests.
Youth Austin Johnson Jersey Across the line of scrimmage, 45 percent of NFL lovers reported they disapprove of the kneeling.
The controversy caused such an uproar that DirecTV allowed fans angered over the protests to cancel their Sunday Ticket NFL packages for a full refund 锟斤拷 a first for the satellite provider.