Kaepernick to stand during national anthem: report
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[March 03, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - Quarterback
Colin Kaepernick has altered his stance and will stand during the
national anthem next season, ESPN reported on Thursday.
The decision comes on the heels of Kaepernick hiring new agents, who
told all 32 NFL teams that the quarterback would opt out of his
contract with the San Francisco 49ers and will be available when
free agency begins March 9.
Kaepernick initially said that his national-anthem protest was meant
to bring attention to social and racial injustice. Now, according to
ESPN's report, the 29-year-old will no longer kneel for the anthem
to avoid a possible distraction for a new team.
Kaepernick doesn't want the "past method of protest to detract from
the positive change that he believes has been created, per sources,"
ESPN's Adam Schefter said.
Kaepernick started the campaign of kneeling during the national
anthem as the 49ers' backup behind Blaine Gabbert before taking over
as the starter on Oct. 16 against the Buffalo Bills.
With Kaepernick under center, the 49ers lost nine straight and 10 of
11 overall to finish the season with the second-worst record in the
NFL at 2-14.
Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four
interceptions while fumbling a career-worst seven times. He also ran
for 468 yards and two TDs.
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San Francisco 49ers
quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) walks through the tunnel out onto
the field before the game against the San Diego Chargers before the
game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA
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