There’s still time for some quarterback-hungry NFL team to sign free agent Colin Kaepernick. But each passing day raises the possibility that the unemployed former 49ers QB is being blackballed by owners for refusing to stand for the American flag and national anthem last season.
Miscreant NFL stars can get away with a lot of things and still play in the league, said ESPN’s Jemele Hill. But the Kaepernick saga may prove that an unpardonable sin for players is to be seen as anti-American, says the new co-host of ESPN’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter with Michael Smith.
Kaepernick plans to stand for the flag/anthem this season if he hooks on with another team, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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But that doesn’t seem to have helped much.
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During an appearance on ESPN’s Around the Horn, Los Angeles Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke said Kaepernick is clearly being blackballed.
This is so wrong what’s happening. It’s so clear what’s happening. In a league that needs quarterbacks, this guy can’t play for somebody? Are you kidding me?
Plaschke even called on commissioner Roger Goodell to send a memo to all 32 clubs saying they should forget politics and judge Kaepernick on his merits as a football player.
We’ll put the odds of Goodell sending out such a memo between slim and none.
Kaepernick is finding out the hard way that free speech and freedom of choice cut both ways, said Mike Golic on ESPN2’s Mike & Mike in the Morning on Wednesday.
Owners are thinking of the possibility of a backlash all the way up to the president of the United States. They have a right to think that way — as much as we disagree with it, Golic said.