In 2016, NFL superstar Colin Kaepernick made national headlines when he chose to kneel during the National Anthem. He later confirmed that his choice to kneel was in protest to the rising racial tensions in the black community.
Now, it looks like the 49ers quarterback won't be making that same statement this season.
Apparently, Kaepernick feels as though there has been many "positive changes" in the black community and that's why he is choosing to end his personal protest.
ESPN reports, "Kaepernick no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created, sources told ESPN. He also said the amount of national discussion on social inequality — as well as support from other athletes nationwide, including NFL and NBA players — affirmed the message he was trying to deliver."
Although Kaepernick feels like he no longer needs to protest, his decision to stand this football season has definitely made headlines. And with those headlines comes the backlash. Twitter users had a lot to say about Colin's latest decision.
Social media users have been split evenly with their reactions. Many are for Kaepernick ending his protest, while others are totally against it. Check out Twitter's best reactions here:
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Stand w/@Kaepernick7 who held it down in the face of death threats for a year & isn't stopping the work just cuz he's stopping one gesture.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) March 2, 2017
Hell, Colin Kaepernick would sing the national anthem if an NFL team would sign him.— McNeil (@Reflog_18) March 2, 2017
I love how @Kaepernick7 is ending his phony protest now that he is out of a job. Good luck media whoring in the Canadian league next year.— Dr Greenthumb (@dr7greenthumb) March 2, 2017
Colin Kaepernick had #VetsForKaepernick trending for him.. Our own president hasnt even had that happen..— Kate (@kateNxnx) March 2, 2017
Colin Kaepernick says that he is "ready to stand for the national anthem".
I'm ready for Colin Kaepernick to go away.— ?Pepe Nukem?? (@DukeNukemSez) March 2, 2017
Colin Kaepernick says he'll stand for the National Anthem next season now that he's a AWFUL free agent who needs a job! Very sad!— Football Trump (@realNFLTrump) March 2, 2017
I respect Colin Kaepernick using his platform to express himself. Whether he stands now or not, I support and respect him.— Brian (@hyfr816) March 2, 2017
Colin Kaepernick didnt vote & didnt even bother to register why hes worth millions but he misled young black people whos not worth millions— Mr. Weeks (@MrDane1982) March 2, 2017
Now that Colin Kaepernick needs a job, guess what? He(all of a sudden)will b standing for National Anthem...claims bc the country is better.— Avery Chasten?? (@AveryChasten) March 3, 2017
I'm not mad @Kaepernick7. He risked everything taking the stance he took & inspired others to make their voices heard. I still salute him.— #ResistCapitalism (@Delo_Taylor) March 3, 2017