Colin Kaepernick will seemingly always have haters. After reportedly announcing that he plans to stand during the national anthem next season, the controversial NFL player has become a victim once again to public backlash.
There’s growing belief that Kaepernick has only decided not to protest because he wants a new team to pick him up when he reportedly opts out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers next week to become a free agent.
In the last year, many people have seen Kaepernick’s kneeling during the “The Star Spangled Banner” as unpatriotic and NFL insiders claim that teams want to steer clear from the controversy altogether.
Of course, Twitter users aired out their sentiments on social media, many of which still giving the quarterback grief for his announcement.
— kylebecker (@kylebecker30) March 2, 2017
— CBCAElite1 (@CBCAElite1) March 2, 2017
Colin Kaepernick, yeah, that's why you decided to stop. I'm sure it has nothing to do with you needing a new team to want to sign a washout.
— Jeanie Miller (@jeaniemiller23) March 2, 2017
Despite the black lash, Kaepernick allegedly has different reasons for his decision to stand next season.
According to Complex, ESPN’s Adam Scheffer reports that sources relay that Kaepernick “no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change that he believes has been created.”