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Anonymous GM Says NFL Execs Will Not Sign Colin Kaepernick Because ‘They Can’t Stand Him’ For Kneeling
After a season filled with controversial kneeling during the National Anthem, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick decided to test free agency. And so far, no calls nor rumors of a potential signing.
According to Bleacher Report, there’s a reason for that and it may be that Kaepernick is being blackballed out of the league after upsetting numerous people, most importantly, NFL Executives that are responsible for making these contract decisions.
“He can still play at a high level,” one AFC general manager said. “The problem is three things are happening with him.
“First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number around 20 percent.
“Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team. I’d say that number is around 10 percent. Then there’s another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.
“Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.”
When I spoke to a handful of executives at the combine a few weeks ago, one even called him “an embarrassment to football.”
This is the exact reason why most athletes choose to not say anything at all—for fear of being blackballed out of their chosen profession.