Former San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick made nationwide headlines last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem during football games. His protesting in support of the Black Lives Matter movement quickly led to outrage by NFL fans for the quarterback not standing in support of his country.
As a result, Kaepernick was dropped by the 49ers. After President Trump weighed in on the controversy, stating that all players who kneel during the “Star Spangled Banner” should be fired, dozens of other NFL players joined the “Take a Knee” protests, which gradually became an anti-Trump movement.
Despite Kaepernick previously announcing that he would end his "anti-American protests" and stand for the anthem again, he has yet to get picked up by another team. As of November 6th, 2017, he remains a free agent.
However, rumors have been circulating that this could change.
Although many still believe Kaepernick officially ruined his professional football career, the coach for the Houston Texans, Bill O’Brien, revealed that their team has actually debated on signing Kaepernick. Some Texans players have previously participated in the protesting, but they are not as active as other teams in the NFL.
O’Brien’s comments come shortly after the Texans lost their starting quarterback, rookie and first-round draft pick Deshaun Watson, for the rest of the season due to an injury. Their secondary quarterback, Tom Savage, has not played nearly as well as 22-year-old Watson, fearing it could cost the team the remainder of the 2017 season.
According to USA Today, O’Brien admitted that Kaepernick is being considered, “Oh yeah, every [player] gets discussed,” he said. “Is that a problem? Isn’t that the way most teams do it. People seem shocked by that.”
USA also confirmed that O’Brien was very careful in his responses and tried to avoid answering questions directly about Kaepernick. When asked if signing Kaepernick would make coaching the team easier, he responded, “Uh, that’s an interesting question. I would tell you that I like the guys that we have and we’re going to continue to coach them and try to do a better job of coaching them.”
O’Brien concluded, “Colin Kaepernick’s a good football player, hasn’t played football in a while. But these things are discussed daily and they’ll continue to be discussed.”
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