Colin Kaepernick made headlines when he famously protested the national anthem last season, but has remained a free agent going into this season. Many people are claiming Kaepernick is being blackballed and are disgusted by teams passing on the opportunity to hire Kaepernick but picking up other players instead.
But now, Kaepernick has decided to change his stance on kneeling during the national anthem and has told CBS that he will stand during the national anthem on one condition: He's given the chance to play football again:
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) October 8, 2017
It will be a tough decision for NFL teams as Kaepernick has worn socks depicting cops as pigs and has openly supported Fidel Castro by wearing a shirt with the dictator on it. Political drama will likely follow him wherever he goes.
NFL hero Kaepernick’s disgusting “pigs” socks - aimed at police men and women in uniform - who sacrifice their own lives to help others. pic.twitter.com/Mr9pWIdpWg
— NigelBranson (@nigel_branson) October 2, 2017
Kaepernick's choice of wardrobe to “anti-oppression” rally. Because nothing says peace, unity, and freedom like Fidel Castro and Malcolm X pic.twitter.com/f134Gg3xYj
— Jay🇺🇸🇮🇹 (@UpstateOnMyBack) September 26, 2017
Kaepernick also told CBS that he would be willing to go anywhere to play again and would be fine with working out with teams in private. He went on saying he only wants to be judged as a football player going forward and just wants an opportunity to play again.
According to ESPN, Kaepernick's agent has reached out to all 32 NFL teams to state his availability.
The original comments made by the CBS reporter about Kaepernick choosing to stand were reported by many, but are now being taken back:
NEW YORK (AP) - CORRECTION: CBS reporter clarifies on saying Kaepernick would stand for anthem, says they didn't discuss issue.
— Mike Allen (@mikeallen) October 8, 2017
However, it was reported back in March that Kaepernick would stand for the national anthem going forward as he entered free agency.