Kaepernick’s protest was the beginning of this unfathomable story and is the single greatest reason he hasn’t been signed this offseason. The negative outcry from fans and some in the media was breathtaking.
This lead to the fictional narrative that Kaepernick was anti-military and unpatriotic. It even evolved into fans viewing him as a public enemy.
What is really sad is this could not be further from the truth. After originally starting his protest by sitting for the national anthem, Kaepernick met with former Army Green Beret, Nate Boyer, who played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. This led to the compromise of kneeling for the anthem, in an attempt to not take away from the military.
After the preseason game post this conversation, Kaepernick told The Atlantic the following.
"“We were talking to [Boyer] about how can we get the message back on track and not take away from the military, not take away from pride in our country but keep the focus on what the issues really are. As we talked about it, we came up with taking a knee because there are issues that still need to be addressed and there was also a way to show more respect for the men and women that fight for this country.”"
Later in The Atlantic interview, he also said the following.
"“Once again, I’m not anti-American. I love America. I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better. I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.” “Those conversations are important to have because the better we understand each other, the better we know each other, the better we can deal and communicate with each other which ultimately makes everyone, puts everybody in a better position.”"
Regardless of how you feel about his protest, Kaepernick has displayed that he is patriotic and took steps to not dishonor the military. Therefore, debunking the false narratives surrounding his protest.
Furthermore, Kaepernick will not continue his protest next season. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the following, back in March.
"Kaepernick no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created, sources told ESPN. He also said the amount of national discussion on social inequality — as well as support from other athletes nationwide, including NFL and NBA players — affirmed the message he was trying to deliver."
This report should calm any remaining hesitations teams and fans would have, after signing Kaepernick. He will not be a distraction next season, and the spotlight can move onto his social work, where he is donating $1 million to various charities in monthly $100 thousand installments.
So far, Kaepernick has donated $700 thousand of the $1 million. You can even track where the money has gone, on his website.