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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.
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.