Following a controversial season, in which he made headlines for refusing to stand for the National Anthem, quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he will stand next season.
According to ESPN, Kaepernick says he no longer wants his protest to detract from the changes he believes he’s made. He also believes that given the national discussion on social inequality — and the support from other athletes from other professional sports — affirms the message he was trying to deliver.
Kaepernick first refused to stand for the National Anthem in the 2016 NFL preseason, before he began taking a knee throughout the rest of the regular season.
Following this news, Twitter let him have it over his decision… with most believing he’s only choosing to stand now to land another contract.
Colin Kaepernick saying he'll stand for the anthem as soon as he needs a job is hilarious. I hope no one signs this clown
— Zack (@Zack_Scott90) March 2, 2017
Colin Kaepernick is opting out of his contract..he needs a new one and now decides he's gonna stand for the anthem…what a clown!
— jfv1975 (@Johnvar21509463) March 2, 2017
Colin Kaepernick says "he'll now stand." Amazing what people will say to land a job. 😆😆😆😂😂😂
— Brian (@brianssportssh1) March 2, 2017
— Oppressed Millionaire (@ColinKrapernick) 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
As for his future in the league, Kaepernick plans to opt out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers this week and become a free agent next week.