John Malik
opinion

Kaepernick Started a Movement That Accomplished Little and Cost Him His Job

He couldn't garner even half the country's support. And he has never been able to play professional football again.
Kaepernick Started a Movement That Accomplished Little and Cost Him His Job
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It's difficult to point to any concrete change catalyzed by Kaepernick's protests. His choice to kneel certainly caused a lot of conversation, but for some people it only seemed to create more animosity for the Black Lives Matter movement. That criticism only intensified after the election of President Donald Trump. The president has strongly criticized both Kaepernick and the other protesters. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there, maybe you shouldn't be in the country," Trump said in 2018. Though some NFL players and members of the public supported Kaepernick, a 2018 Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that only 35% of Americans agreed with Kaepernick's right to protest. By 2020, that percentage had climbed to little more than half of Americans. His protest also seems to have tanked his promising football career. By 2017, Kaepernick found himself unsigned, with many suggesting he was being blackballed. He went on to score a major publicity deal with Nike, but he has never again played professional football. In 2020, after the looting, Kapernick has started to garner more support from the league and Goodell.
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Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Majority of Americans now support NFL players' right to protest
A Timeline of Colin Kaepernick vs. the N.F.L.
Trump: NFL kneelers 'maybe shouldn't be in country'