Failed former quarterback Colin Kaepernick is once again making noise in the NFL. With the recent streak of major injuries to quarterbacks in the NFL, the market for backups is getting thinner. But is the situation bad enough for teams to overlook this potential PR nightmare?
Colin Kaepernick may have a record of mediocre performance and a penchant for stirring controversy, but he is healthy. It is possible he could play for the first time since 2016, according to reports.
Breitbart reports that Kaepernick’s agent is currently reaching out to teams to push for his reentry into the NFL, according to sources close to the athlete. However, Kaep’s past has to be considered by teams taking a second look at the quarterback. Colin Kaepernick is best known not for his skills, but for spurring protests against the national anthem.
The notorious anthem protests when Kaepernick began taking a knee during the anthem before every game in which he played. This kicked off a movement around the NFL as other players joined his protest. Conversely, lots of other players stood tall and remained patriotic in the face of the protest.
These protests turned into a PR nightmare for the NFL as well as for Kaepernick’s team, the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick became beloved by some and hated by others. But the bottom line was that his antics were costing the NFL money.
The issue came to a head when the 49ers played the Miami Dolphins during the 2016 season. Kaepernick publicly talked about how he supported Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and wore socks with pigs in police uniforms to team practice.
Miami fans, many of them former Cuban refugees who had fled the Castro regime, didn’t take kindly to Kaepernick’s position. In fact, every time Kaepernick was hit on the field, it sent the crowd into hysterical cheers.
Controversy Still Alive
Kaepernick would probably be playing as a quarterback in the NFL already if it weren’t for the division he has sown. Kaepernick doesn’t just divide fanbases, he divides entire teams.
Politics and personal differences must be kept away from locker rooms in order to foster team unity. When the anthem protests were ripping through the NFL, many teams experienced issues between players.
It was rumored that other players let one quarterback in particular go unprotected on the field in retaliation for his decision not to kneel during the anthem.
The kneeling controversy was the worst thing to happen to the NFL since the chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) scare. Kaepernick bears responsibility for the trouble he has caused, so finding a job in an organization that he damaged will be difficult.
But with the desperate player shortage that currently exists, it is possible Kaepernick will be back. If he does return, the question will shift toward whether he is still going to insist on kneeling.