Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who sat during the National Anthem, might be released from the team.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that Kaepernick’s days with the 49ers appear to be numbered. He could be off the roster within the coming weeks, but it might not have to do with his protest.
“Regardless of politics or not, he has a very, very big uphill battle to make this team,” Glazer said.
ZERO to do w stance or views, he’s simply struggling football-wise. That size/speed ratio that made (cont) https://t.co/J7vgl9GS67
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 29, 2016
“I’d be shocked if he’s on the 49ers by the time this season ends. It has nothing to do with political views whatsoever. He lost a ton of weight this offseason, had three surgeries, couldn’t work out, lost that double threat, that size-speed ratio,” he said.
“No political views, he just hasn’t been effective. He’s regressing as a player. I’d be shocked if he’s on this roster by the end of this year. He may not be on it in the next two weeks.”
Kaepernick drew controversy for sitting during the National Anthem before a preseason game on Friday. He refused to stand during the first two preseason games, but he wasn’t dressed to play and wasn’t noticed by the national media, it has been noted.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media following the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
He’s drawn significant backlash for his actions, including fans burning his jersey. The 49ers, in a statement, said the team won’t force him to stand.
“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pregame ceremony,” a statement from the team read, according to ESPN. “It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens.
“In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”