Colin Kaepernick may have lost his career because of his decision to kneel during the National Anthem back in 2016, but it was not the reason he ended up not being on the 49ers roster anymore after the season was over.
Joy Behar pushed that lie out on live TV this week as the host of “The View” wanted to know why the Supreme Court siding with a high school coach who prayed during football games did not apply to Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.
“I’d like to know if it would apply to Colin Kaepernick…The guy takes a knee and he gets thrown off the team, but he could be praying too!”
In March 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent for the first time in his career when he chose to opt out of his contract with the 49ers. It was reported back then that his contract was originally supposed to keep him with the Niners through 2020, but the team worked with him to revamp it before he reclaimed the starting job in October.
As part of the deal’s reconfiguration, Kaepernick traded $14.5 million in injury guarantees during the 2017 season for the opportunity to opt out of the deal early, according to ESPN.
He had no clue at the time that he would never step foot on an NFL field again.