Nine months ago, Colin Kaepernick protested the national anthem during a pre-season game. As a result, Kaepernick's celebrity reached a peaked he'd never seen.

Politicians voiced their support, other athletes joined in, and Hollywood celebrities applauded the 29-year-old from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

But Americans as a majority didn't support Kaepernick's repeated protests. In fact, according to ESPN, Kaepernick became the most scorned player in the NFL:

Colin Kaepernick is now the most disliked player in the NFL.

That's at least according to a recent poll of Americans by E-Poll Marketing Research, which asked 1,100 people whose demographics were representative of the general population.

The backlash appeared too much to bear for the young quarterback. In March, he announced that he planned to stand for the anthem during games this coming fall.

But there's just one problem with that: Kaepernick is still looking for a team to join. And it appears NFL officials are far from being part of the Kaepernick fan club.

The Bleacher Report's Mark Freeman shared what he has been told by NFL officials about Kaepernick's poor standing in the NFL.

Freeman wrote:

The reason Kaepernick still hasn't been signed, I've been told by dozens of team officials this week, is because of the political stance he took in not standing for the flag last season to protest racial inequality. Believe that. Or don't. It's up to you.

Why does this story still affect us the way it does? Kaepernick is planning to stand for the anthem this fall. He spent a day handing out suits at a New York City parole office. Yet everyone remains hardened in their positions on him, refusing to leave their various corners on it.

It seems NFL officials want the field to remain a place for football, not the political opinions of the players in the game. A hard lesson indeed for Kaepernick, and quite possibly one that could cost him his career.

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IntegrityImportant(14 likes)I have no sympathy for Kaepernick. As old timers in my life would say: he made his bed now let him lie in it! I've thought about this a lot lately for lots of reasons. I'm old enough to remember the remnants of Jim Crow. While too young then to understand the implications, certainly a look back has brought great awareness. I am old enough to remember all the actions taken to right the wrong after Jim Crow "officially" ended. Great efforts were made to integrate universities, grades 1-12 were bussed to "mix" our schools, discrimination in housing was outlawed. Extra points were given to minorities in hiring and sometimes the job was given to a lesser qualified person (don't get your hackles up you all out there because it happened to me twice). Many laws were passed and enforced to right many of the wrongs. Etc.Etc. Black judges and detectives appeared on TV shows. At 13% of the population, there are complaints if 50% or more of the awards or whatevere isn't set aside for non-whites (whites which BTW are not all boogeymen!) Oh, and the KKK is shamed by *gasp* other whites!Now, today, it seems we're backslidding. We have an entire generation who NEVER lived during Jim Crow let alone slavery. While the history of those two things is ugly and should never be repeated I'd have to ask Kaepernick why he felt so deprived when he had a chance to play on a major NFL team, an opportunity his forebears would never have been offered. He could have bought an expensive house, good clothes and a fancy car while eating the best food. Minorities have opportunities today unthought of before Dr. King. Yet, here we are. And there he was taking a knee to protest privileges denied blacks, denials he knew little to nothing about. My suggestion to those who cannot come to terms with our history and want to therefore drag down our schools, our universities, our police forces, and even our government, why don't you visit some other countries. Go to Syria. Go to poor parts of Africa. Go to Venzuela. Go see for yourself how bad or how good it is at those places compared to here. Perhaps then you could decide to use that "frying cops like bacon" energy to work to improve our failing neighborhoods and schools where they exist. To lift our children up instead of dragging them into a past that we can finish fixing. Seriously!!
William Titterton(12 likes)He has no one to blame for this but himself. Call it Karma but he picked the wrong platform for his protest....
Dav(12 likes)***""" NFL officials want the field to remain a place for football, not the political opinions of the players in the game."""*** F l-l C K ! N G right. if I want to go see a protest, then I will go to where they are. Sports venues are not a protesting arena. Take your F l-I C K ! N G  protest S l-l ! T where it belongs, out on a PUBLIC taxed paid street or permiting protest area.