Last year, former San Francisco 49er's quarterback Colin Kaepernick made a name for himself in the NFL. His notoriety did not come from his pass completion percentage or his total number of rushing touchdowns, but rather for what he did before the games.
Kaepernick made headlines for protesting during the pregame national anthem. He said that he would sit down or kneel during the national anthem to bring attention to his belief that the country does not treat everyone equally, especially when it comes to police brutality.
He said, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
When Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers and was pursuing his continued NFL career as a free agent, he found it difficult. While the player has remained unsigned, his anthem protesting has multiplied across the field.
What started with just Kaepernick kneeling turned into dozens of players protesting during the national anthem. At the beginning of the 2017 season, President Trump issued bold words, harshly criticizing players who choose to protest. In the games following his statement, dozens of players opted to protest in retaliation.
With the increase of NFL players choosing to kneel during the national anthem, came an increase of debate among fans. Many people wanted to emphasize that the players have the right to protest and that they do not think that protesting the anthem causes any harm. Many others pointed out that protesting the anthem is being disrespectful to those who have given their lives to bring freedom. Those opposed to protesting also say that if the players want to protest, it should be on their own time and dime.
Now, the fans that are pro-national anthem protests are attempting to bring the originator of them back on the field. Over 18,000 NFL fans have signed a petition to get Colin Kaepernick to the Green Bay Packers.
In a recent game against the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was slammed to the ground. He suffered a broken collarbone and will have to undergo surgery, leaving the team with backups Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan.
Packers fans realize that Rodgers' injury minimizes the hope of a successful season. Now, they have decided to take action and try to push Green Bay to hire Kaepernick as Rodgers' replacement. Fans are attempting to get 25,000 signatures on the petition. Once they reach their goal, they plan on bringing it directly to the franchise.
When Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy was asked about Kaepernick, he seemed frustrated. He expressed the fact that he has faith in the two backup quarterbacks and that there are a lot of years of investment into both Hundley and Callahan.
Below is the portion of the interview:
As of now and based on McCarthy's interview, it does not appear that Kaepernick will have luck getting signed to the Packers. However, fans are still attempting to get the signatures needed for the petition.
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