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Colin Kaepernick plans to stand for the national anthem

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After starting a national dialogue by refusing to stand during the national anthem last year, Colin Kaepernick plans to stand for the anthem this year.

Kaepernick believes there has been positive change in America and doesn’t want to detract from that, so he’ll no longer kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 2017, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

It’s hard not to be cynical and believe that Kaepernick is heading into free agency wanting to maximize his value and doesn’t want teams planning to bid on his services to view him as a distraction. Kneeling during the anthem wouldn’t preclude teams from signing him — plenty of other players refused to stand for the anthem last season and their teams were OK with it — but it could cause him to be viewed as a player who wouldn’t make a great face of a franchise.

By pledging to stand, Kaepernick can remove any doubts his stance caused. Now the question is whether any team thinks Kaepernick is a good enough passer to lead a team.

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  1. jscruisen says: Mar 2, 2017 11:40 AM

    Let him stand in the unemployment line!

  2. thingamajig says: Mar 2, 2017 11:41 AM

    Money talks.

  3. i thumbs down your comment says: Mar 2, 2017 11:41 AM

    The guy made good on his pledge to donate $1 Million to charities and was pretty transparent about it.

    Looking forward to seeing him in a J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets uniform next season.

  4. diehardfootballfan says: Mar 2, 2017 11:42 AM

    Now if can only stand in the pocket.

  5. silvernblackpride says: Mar 2, 2017 11:42 AM

    Put a Kap in it already…………gezzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  6. raiderston says: Mar 2, 2017 11:42 AM

    If this guy can’t make up his mind on what he believes in then what proof that he will “Stand By” his new team??

  7. ripwarrior says: Mar 2, 2017 11:43 AM

    Nobody cares anymore so he will stand. Once the cameras stopped showing these self absorbed folks they stopped doing it.

  8. blkandgld4eva says: Mar 2, 2017 11:43 AM

    So he actually believes the “positive change in America” was due to him kneeling for the National Anthem?

    Time to place him in concussion protocol.

  9. artvan15 says: Mar 2, 2017 11:43 AM

    You are nothing but a goof!!!!

  10. youngs79 says: Mar 2, 2017 11:43 AM

    How convenient of him.

  11. winningisabrees says: Mar 2, 2017 11:43 AM


  12. winningisabrees says: Mar 2, 2017 11:44 AM

    Stand/Knell Gate?

  13. youafool says: Mar 2, 2017 11:45 AM

    I never had a problem with his kneeling….my only concern with it was that he was doing it because he was no longer the starter and wanted/needed attention and this was a sudden attempt based on circumstance. The fact that now he’s willing to no longer take this stand as he looks for a job to me proves it was all just for show and that if he had never lost that job he would have never kneel to begin with.

  14. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Carlos Hyde says: Mar 2, 2017 11:46 AM

    Kaep is so full of it. He says since last year he has seen enough positive change in America to start standing, that is laughable. This country had gotten worse in regard to race relations this past year.

    It makes me believe what I originally thought. He was kneeling because he knew it was his last year in SF with guaranteed money and wanted the attention. Now he needs a job and his principles don’t matter. He’s seen enough change in America, lol, I don’t know where he’s been living. I haven’t seen this much civil unrest since 9/11.

  15. dickroy says: Mar 2, 2017 11:46 AM

    Damage done! He is no good anyway.

  16. fwippel says: Mar 2, 2017 11:47 AM

    He’ll need a team to take a chance on him first. Sounds like someone had a “come to Jesus” meeting with him about this. The thing is, it may be too little too late.

  17. mroklahoma says: Mar 2, 2017 11:47 AM

    I hope no one signs this clown. He only cares about himself. He also grew up with white parents. He doesn’t know the struggle of lower class Americans.

  18. irishgary says: Mar 2, 2017 11:48 AM

    he’s now proven so many people right! He is a complete tool

  19. uncommon1 says: Mar 2, 2017 11:48 AM

    In his living room?

  20. rainsarge says: Mar 2, 2017 11:49 AM

    Kaep demands country change and stop being racist will not stand for flag. Country elects Trump. Kaep says conditions met will stand.

  21. feckyerlife says: Mar 2, 2017 11:49 AM

    desperate for a job now huh. shouldn’t have opted out. realizing there is no market for you out there

  22. zombiepatriot says: Mar 2, 2017 11:49 AM

    I’m uncertain as to the positive change to which he speaks.

  23. gtrav says: Mar 2, 2017 11:50 AM

    I hope he doesn’t have a job

  24. nyneal says: Mar 2, 2017 11:50 AM

    He’s right about the positive change in America — Donald Trump was elected President. Thanks for your help in getting him elected, Kaepernick. You and the guys who did what you did swayed a lot of votes his way.

    As for him standing for the National Anthem — tell him not to bother. It won’t make a bit of difference how we feel about him. If I tried to say what I think of him in here, they wouldn’t print it.

    BTW — as for his football skills — they deserted him when Jim Harbaugh left. I didn’t realize just how good Harbaugh was. To win with Kaepernick at QB is more than amazing.

    Honestly, why any team would waste their time with this guy is puzzling to me. Those arms he used to flex and kiss look like Olive Oyl’s now.

    I know this much. I refuse to watch any game he is a part of, period.

  25. weepingjebus says: Mar 2, 2017 11:51 AM

    Actually, in DPRK you salute the flag by hopping on one leg while holding a white swallow. Better start practicing.

  26. junkmtb says: Mar 2, 2017 11:51 AM

    Oh yeah gonna stand now that you’re looking for another team huh??? Ooooooooook LOL

  27. genericcommenter says: Mar 2, 2017 11:51 AM

    He can’t lead a team, but it’s because of his football performance. Teams could do a lot worse when it comes to bringing guys in to compete for a backup spot, but I think it depends on the system.

  28. twelvehundred says: Mar 2, 2017 11:52 AM

    This has nothing to do with money. Nothing.

  29. deneb1973 says: Mar 2, 2017 11:52 AM

    Surely Kaepernick does not think that he can undo the polarization he caused by claiming he will honor the flag and the people it represents in the future! Far too late I think he is finally beginning to appreciate his commercial vulnerability as a marginally attractive UFA once he opts out (or when the team does). He will bring enormous political baggage to his new team and possibly alienate half the team customers. He will be learning a new offensive system while on very thin ice – and has a reputation of not being a fast learner so his performance will be questionable. He seems to have managed to personally derail a once promising career.

  30. pancaketaco says: Mar 2, 2017 11:52 AM

    I’d like the team that offers him a contract to have the stones to put language in that he has to stand, face the flag and put his right hand over his heart.

  31. nfloracle says: Mar 2, 2017 11:53 AM

    Damned if he does; damned if he don’t. That’s life in the partisan political world in 2017. #SAD

  32. dickshotdogs says: Mar 2, 2017 11:54 AM

    Well, everyone beat me to it. Well done, guys. He’s been a fraud and an ingrate from day one.

  33. grumpysal says: Mar 2, 2017 11:54 AM

    Huh, by kneeling for the National Anthem for what, like 6 months, Kap has single handedly erased America’s racial problems, right?

    Because he’s going to stand now, which means there’s no more problems? Screw a contract, this dude needs to get the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to mankind – hell, he should run for office under the slogan “I ended Oppression” while wearing his Castro shirt and piggy socks…fraud.

    I guess his rebellion against the establishment only went as far as his current contract ended.

  34. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 2, 2017 11:54 AM

    So when it affects his bank account, all of a sudden this country isn’t so bad after all.

  35. christianholzman says: Mar 2, 2017 11:54 AM

    So youre saying he’s willing not to be controversial now that he’s unemployed and looking for work? lmao

  36. grogansheroes says: Mar 2, 2017 11:54 AM

    So he’s a UFA now, of course he will say that. But I think he will be standing in his living room now.

  37. elyasm says: Mar 2, 2017 11:55 AM

    I wouldn’t say it removes all doubts, it’s not like anyone has forgotten about it; he’s just trying to make sure it doesn’t end up costing him any money, which it undoubtedly will.

  38. indymarc says: Mar 2, 2017 11:55 AM

    I’m still looking for the report on what exactly changed besides the presidency? Only other change I see is his employment status???

  39. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 2, 2017 11:55 AM

    “Looking forward to seeing him in a J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets uniform next season”

    So is the rest of the AFCE and AFC if that were to happen.

  40. THE AMERICAN REBELLION says: Mar 2, 2017 11:56 AM

    the only thing he changed was everyone’s perception that he was any good

  41. nflpoker says: Mar 2, 2017 11:57 AM

    “Kaepernick believes there has been positive change in America and doesn’t want to detract from that, so he’ll no longer kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 2017”

    He is a legend in his own mind. There has been change because of him? He just wants to look at paychecks with lots of zeros. What a waste of oxygen.

  42. Reel Balls says: Mar 2, 2017 11:58 AM

    God bless this courageous man!

  43. nomar8477 says: Mar 2, 2017 11:58 AM

    i thumbs down your comment says:
    Mar 2, 2017 11:41 AM

    The guy made good on his pledge to donate $1 Million to charities and was pretty transparent about it.

    Looking forward to seeing him in a J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets uniform next season.


    Jets team and fans…literally have no clue. Thats why they ALWAYS suck. You WANT this guy?

  44. jbaxt says: Mar 2, 2017 11:59 AM

    Wow, so does he think whatever he thought was doing worked? I’m failing to see any change on anything.

    Hmm, it’s almost like he trying to gain some level of acceptance by saying “look everyone, I’m not an a$$ anymore”. Of course all these billionaire owners and millionaire GM’s are bacons so it will probably work…

  45. nomar8477 says: Mar 2, 2017 11:59 AM

    Im a pats fan..i also want him on the we agree on something

  46. phil325 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:00 PM

    Now that this sorry SOB doesn’t have a team he just wants to get paid. It was all about getting constant attention to himself.

  47. taptap77 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:01 PM

    Stay on your knees.

  48. iman62 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:02 PM

    Damage already done to his brand. He wont sell tickets for your team now as a free agent.

  49. exinsidetrader says: Mar 2, 2017 12:02 PM

    Is there nothing President TRUMP can’t do?

  50. seatownballers says: Mar 2, 2017 12:03 PM

    He folds over money. Even from his own stance and rebellion. You can have him arena league

  51. jag1959 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:04 PM

    What a fraud. Even his most ardent supporters would have to admit his belief that there ‘has been a positive change in America’ makes him pretty unique on his side of the fence. I’m sure it is just a coincidence that his belief in that ‘positive change’ in our country comes at a time when he is hoping to create one for himself as well. Like many people my issue with Kaepernick was Kaepernick himself. Serious issues should not be fronted by a dilettante.

  52. oswizard says: Mar 2, 2017 12:05 PM

    Yes. The Canadian National Anthem.

  53. 1971cuda says: Mar 2, 2017 12:05 PM

    Too little too late. You made your bed now sleep in it, clown!

  54. jnova80 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:06 PM

    Kaepernick kneels: “He’s just doing it for attention!”
    Kaepernick stands: “He’s just doing it for attention!”

    Man, this guy really hurt your feelings, didn’t he?

  55. THX 138 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:07 PM

    It’s all about the Benjamins!

  56. jetphan says: Mar 2, 2017 12:08 PM

    Seriously though,
    If he’s on the Jets next year I’m out

  57. jm91rs says: Mar 2, 2017 12:09 PM

    He obviously has no desire to fix the problem if he can’t take the time to cast a vote toward the change he seeks. Now the country is probably worse than it has been since the 70s as far as racial problems and he says things are better? Such an obvious ploy to satisfy the rich white owners than he’s hoping to play for, which tells you all you need to know about how Kaepernick actually feels about things.

  58. nookers says: Mar 2, 2017 12:10 PM

    If you want to do something and help people . how about you donate your time, efforts, and or money to charities that fight this sort of thing?

  59. seabrawk12 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:11 PM

    Punches Kaepernick in arm.

    “That’s for selling out your beliefs!”

    -Nelson Muntz

  60. 65impala says: Mar 2, 2017 12:11 PM

    From his living room hopefully!

  61. roberteddy says: Mar 2, 2017 12:12 PM

    Positive change? Subway is serving chicken that’s only 60% real. Keep kneeling.

  62. barrywhererufrom says: Mar 2, 2017 12:13 PM

    Peace! He can stand when he is in the stands. Enough of this clown. What you don’t want to be toxic so now you are going to stand? Go away and join BLM

  63. pittsburghdamned says: Mar 2, 2017 12:14 PM

    Somewhere Ctiggs is crying and praying to his Kaepernink Fathead shrine.

  64. mogogo1 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:15 PM

    What about “Oh Canada”?

    He lost all credibility when he admitted he didn’t vote, not even on local issues. You’re not going to change anything sitting at home on election day.

  65. nfl fan says: Mar 2, 2017 12:16 PM

    Damn right you should! Show some respect.

  66. bassplucker says: Mar 2, 2017 12:16 PM

    Oops, he realized now he has to be marketable. Too late.

    One of the most irrelevant players anywhere right now and will be out of the league in two years if not sooner.

  67. artvan15 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:16 PM

    Glad you think Trump is making such a difference in your life Kap. Didn’t know you were such a big supporter. Sure Donald is happy to have you aboard the LETS MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN train.

  68. sparty0n says: Mar 2, 2017 12:17 PM

    mroklahoma says:
    Mar 2, 2017 11:47 AM
    I hope no one signs this clown. He only cares about himself. He also grew up with white parents. He doesn’t know the struggle of lower class Americans.


    What does his growing up with white parents have ANYTHING to do with this issue or if he knows the struggles of lower class Americans?

  69. jags2daship says: Mar 2, 2017 12:17 PM

    Now that he needs a pay check he loves america again. Go home loser no one cares about you anymore

  70. hawksfansince77 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:19 PM

    Well, in all fairness, the CFL plays a different anthem!

  71. moknowsbo says: Mar 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    Maybe he should have used the death of a soldier he sent to die in a failed mission for political cover. Then he’d be called a patriot.

  72. stexan says: Mar 2, 2017 12:22 PM

    I don’t agree with everything he did – those socks were a disgrace. But he never said anything bad about the military – that came from the hordes of “ditto heads” that believe if you scream something loud enough often enough it becomes a fact.
    What he DID do is kneel to call attention to a problem he and many others felt needed to be addressed. It does seem to have improved – I’m not hearing or seeing stories about these kinds of killings like we did the last several years.

    And he’s donated $400,000 of the money pledged, with the balance to follow.

    So, he stood for something he believed in, in the face of strong criticism. And then donated a small fortune to help correct the problem.

    What did you do last fall?

  73. pete2112 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:22 PM

    This just shows how superficial Kaepernick really is. I never understood or approved of his kneeling during the national anthem as a way to bring racial issues to light, but for him to say he’s seen change and will now stand is just a sad and desperate attempt to get the most out of his next contract. Not to mention he didn’t even bother voting in this election. I seem to think everything he does is for him and him alone and is quite happy being ignorant to facts as long as he gets his money.

  74. patfic5 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:23 PM

    Oh no! Hopefully no ESPN will alert readers of all those who did stand. The snowflake network kept us tuned in all fall to those who didnt.

  75. kcflake says: Mar 2, 2017 12:24 PM

    He can stand for the anthem At Home when he is watching NFL games, since no one will want to sign him.

  76. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Mar 2, 2017 12:26 PM

    I like how haters imagine they are driving Kaep’s future. What it must be like to live a single moment in such narrow-minded thought. Thanks for the laugh.

  77. bleedingfacemask says: Mar 2, 2017 12:28 PM

    “Kaepernick believes there has been positive change in America”

    We all know that he didn’t vote, but doesn’t he know who won?

  78. anythingbutyanks says: Mar 2, 2017 12:28 PM

    “Too little, too late”? Let us hope so.

  79. mbg8977 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:30 PM

    He must have broken up with his girlfriend.

  80. tformation says: Mar 2, 2017 12:30 PM

    jetphan said:

    Seriously though,
    If he’s on the Jets next year I’m out

    Really? You weren’t out after Tim Tebow? You were fine with Tebow who couldn’t hit the side of a barn, but you’ve got a problem with a mobile QB who does better than average?

    Do you even like it when your team wins?

  81. saltineamerican says: Mar 2, 2017 12:31 PM

    Isn’t it funny how a whack to the checkbook can alter your belief system. What a tool.

  82. MasMacho says: Mar 2, 2017 12:33 PM

    100% sellout.

    Attention grab. Capitalizing on the real suffering of real people with a stupid publicity stunt.

    Its easy to be principled when your life is great. Kaep is a coward for backing down. I never agreed with his approach, but turning tail to make more money is weak sauce.

    Reap what you sow.

  83. badmoonrison says: Mar 2, 2017 12:34 PM

    Nice flip flop!

  84. bradygirl12 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:34 PM

    Oh, so does this mean that his kneeling accomplished something? I don’t think so.

  85. 52crabcakes says: Mar 2, 2017 12:35 PM

    too late hon!

  86. vinzclorth0 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:35 PM

    People make mistakes. He should just admit it.

    Not standing for the national anthem is pathetic. We stand to salute what the flag means–our highest national ideals. We are all lucky to be Americans.

  87. irishjugalo says: Mar 2, 2017 12:36 PM

    National dialogue? More like national outrage.

  88. questionableprovenance says: Mar 2, 2017 12:38 PM

    New clause in NFL contracts: x million dollars to be paid if [player y] stands respectfully for 80% of National Anthem presentations.

  89. gregfalco15 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:38 PM

    Don’t worry, if everything isn’t right with America again in the future, Kaep will go on a hunger strike until everything is fixed again….. or until he gets hungry, whichever comes first.

  90. patsrule59 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:38 PM

    “I like how haters imagine they are driving Kaep’s future”

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    I like how Kaepernick’s jock sniffers refer to him as “Kaep”, as if they’re best buds or something.

    Thanks for the laugh.

  91. redandgoldhitman52 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:39 PM

    Thank you krapernick for leaving my niners and showing the whole world what a fraud you are. I was done with the niners had he stayed. Now I’m a very happy man and looking forward to some niners football.

  92. atthemurph says: Mar 2, 2017 12:43 PM

    Trump wins again.

  93. abqhawk says: Mar 2, 2017 12:45 PM

    rainsarge says:
    Mar 2, 2017 11:49 AM

    Kaep demands country change and stop being racist will not stand for flag. Country elects Trump. Kaep says conditions met will stand.
    Conditions met now, yet he admitted he never voted. I hear Kroeger is looking for grocery baggers.

  94. matt14gg says: Mar 2, 2017 12:45 PM

    Who cares, it will probably be the Canadian National Anthem anyway.

  95. jocko1181 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:48 PM

    How convenient

  96. boiler72 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:49 PM

    Trump should just revoke his U.S birthright, and deport this idiot to some craphole in the middle east.

  97. minnesotamuggs says: Mar 2, 2017 12:50 PM

    It’s a common complaint that the PFT comment sections are a total cesspool.

    With all of the trump support in here, there’s finally some clarity as to why. Thanks for helping uncover this Michael David Smith!

  98. realpatsfan says: Mar 2, 2017 12:54 PM

    He needs a job.
    I would tell him to stay in the locker room if he will not stand.
    BUT the Dicks needs a job and he knows that alone would hurt his chances.
    What a MORON

  99. derrickbrooks4president says: Mar 2, 2017 12:55 PM

    That chick must’ve dumped him when his income quit.

  100. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says: Mar 2, 2017 12:56 PM

    What will you deluded right wingers find to complain about next?

  101. wahoo21 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:56 PM

    He will stand….until he doesn’t and then it starts all over again

  102. udub says: Mar 2, 2017 12:57 PM

    So his morals stay intact as long as the paycheck does

  103. imcornholious says: Mar 2, 2017 12:59 PM

    I hope he’s on Donald’s export list……

  104. LSUStrong says: Mar 2, 2017 12:59 PM

    I can see how this appears to be all about the money as I don’t see how his kneeling brought about any significant change; however before I definitely say it was all about the money I have to ask… Is he still dating that same woman who helped influence him?

  105. charger383 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:59 PM

    still don’t like him

  106. doylemcmuffin says: Mar 2, 2017 1:07 PM

    He looks like pennywise with that hair

  107. denverscott says: Mar 2, 2017 1:10 PM

    His ego is only dwarfed by his hair style.

  108. buckyhamm says: Mar 2, 2017 1:11 PM

    I guess we should thank him now.

  109. daddeeo says: Mar 2, 2017 1:12 PM

    Great. He can stand and salute on the used car lot which he’ll be working at.

  110. Robert says: Mar 2, 2017 1:15 PM

    Very Crafty, any team that takes him deserved to be deceived.

  111. strength531 says: Mar 2, 2017 1:16 PM

    Those at Arlington made their sacrifice knowing full well that the dregs of society would benefit too.

  112. wib22 says: Mar 2, 2017 1:18 PM

    get rid of that ridiculous haircut

  113. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 2, 2017 1:27 PM

    It was once said by a wide man…When push comes to shove a man finds exactly what he’s made of.

    It’s easy to kneel in protest with millions of dollars in the bank.

  114. getadealdonealready says: Mar 2, 2017 1:28 PM

    I’m not sure you will have a job, oh and we don’t care.

  115. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 2, 2017 1:30 PM

    ……Automatic negative DISTRACTION to ANY team that signs him. I don’t the upside for any team to have him on the roster…..a running QB….throws too many ints… room cancer….who needs that?

  116. RegisHawk says: Mar 2, 2017 1:32 PM

    Make sure somebody’s at his home when the game starts to verify that he does…

  117. rcali says: Mar 2, 2017 1:35 PM

    Well, we will need to find enough people to build the wall so he can get that job. Not going to believe after how deep and dark he got in the hole he’s having a come to Jesus moment while looking for new employment.

  118. moknowsbo says: Mar 2, 2017 1:36 PM

    A lot of paper patriots here.

  119. harleywoman883 says: Mar 2, 2017 1:36 PM

    For him to say he now sees positive change in this country is so disingenuous. It would have been smarter for him to say he will now stand to honor our military. He actually made things worse for himself…

  120. jim699 says: Mar 2, 2017 1:37 PM

    What dialogue did he start?

    What an empty, meaningless phrase.

  121. bondlake says: Mar 2, 2017 1:38 PM

    Kaepernick is a complete bum.

    The tattoos on the outside are only a glimpse of what’s inside.

  122. upyoursnfu says: Mar 2, 2017 1:46 PM

    Sell out

  123. melikefootball says: Mar 2, 2017 1:53 PM

    His 15 minutes of fame is over both on the sidelines and on the field.

  124. routerunner says: Mar 2, 2017 1:54 PM

    If this guy’s beliefs or actions influenced your vote either way even 0.00001%, then you’re a moron. If you think Trump had any bearing on this before or after the election, then you’re a double moron.

  125. jwcarlson says: Mar 2, 2017 1:58 PM

    Didn’t care when he wasn’t… don’t care that he is now…

  126. zenoracledba says: Mar 2, 2017 1:59 PM

    Fortunately for all us, the NFL GM’s see right through this guy. Clearly he changed his stance because he understands that being a distraction is going to reduce chances for getting a contract this year.

    Guy has all the physical tools, but the mental makeup just isn’t there. Remember someone that no one wanted, because he lacked the physical tools & slipped to round 6 ? All TB did was win what, 5 superbowls ?

    Give him a 1 year deal, and have it heavily incentive laden. Let him earn it.

  127. heymister24 says: Mar 2, 2017 2:00 PM

    Colon does a knee jerk reaction when looking for a new contract.

  128. qbarrel says: Mar 2, 2017 2:07 PM

    Oh, so he’s standing now? That’s funny because I never thought he stood for anything.

    Anyone who thinks that this was ever about calling attention to racial injustice is naive. That was simply a cover story to explain him sitting because he was sulking after losing his starting QB job.

  129. nbcwantsitsmoneyback says: Mar 2, 2017 2:13 PM

    I hope he is sitting on the couch for them National anthem..!

    This guy doesn’t deserve to be in the NFL.!

  130. mding729 says: Mar 2, 2017 2:18 PM

    He is a terrible player and since he isn’t making a headline any more, he decides to stand. what a joke.

  131. gergie1957 says: Mar 2, 2017 2:22 PM

    So, I guess that means Colin has decided he has solved all the worlds Woes. No, not really, it means he’s looking for a job.

  132. dsheik says: Mar 2, 2017 2:25 PM

    Yesterdays report that the Browns ARE NOT interested probably got Kap and his agents attention. Not that he was hoping to sign with the Browns, BUT if a QB needy team like the Browns comes out on their own to say they ARE NOT interested thats kind of a wake up call.

    If he was actually good though it wouldnt matter. Theres just no sane reason to bring that distraction to your team for what, a back up QB? A borderline starter stop gap? Its not worth the headache.

  133. Guy Dudebreaux says: Mar 2, 2017 2:25 PM

    Trump is making America great again. Even Kaep is going to stand for the national anthem now.

  134. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 2, 2017 2:29 PM

    “Put language [in the contract] that he has to stand, face the flag and put his right hand over his heart”.

    In our small town, definitely not liberal, school we were taught to stand, nothing more. Nothing about facing the flag, nothing about a hard over the heart. That is how I do it. Feel free to express your issue with that.

  135. pattengene says: Mar 2, 2017 2:36 PM

    what a lying bitch

  136. redandgoldhitman52 says: Mar 2, 2017 2:37 PM

    I hear no team wants him and that he might beg the niners for his job back. The niners better not resign him. I’ll root for the niners to lose every game if he’s back with the niners. Niners fans have spoken. We don’t want him back. Jed better listen to the fanbase or there will be major backlash and alot of empty seats.

  137. BDV says: Mar 2, 2017 3:02 PM

    Finally our long national nightmare is over. I can start sleeping again.

  138. JSpicoli says: Mar 2, 2017 3:03 PM

    Sucking up because he realizes no one is going to hire him except the CFL.

  139. t50000 says: Mar 2, 2017 3:03 PM

    Trump is responsible for making American great again–Kaepernick just kneeled in the way.

  140. Silver and Black attack says: Mar 2, 2017 3:03 PM

    Ooooh I see how he works. Now he’s going to be a free agent, so he publicly announces he will stand for the National Anthem because he knows most other teams that could sign him would not allow that kind of crap.

    What a 100% absolute clown show. I hope nobody signs him at all.

  141. jjackwagon says: Mar 2, 2017 3:06 PM

    So when his money is guaranteed, he is oppressed and hates his country BUT as soon as it hits his pocketbook he is a Patriotic American again?

    Here is my shocked face :O

    The snake shed it’s skin but it is still a snake.

  142. makinafootballmove says: Mar 2, 2017 3:10 PM

    Too late… He’s dead to me….

  143. saints737 says: Mar 2, 2017 3:12 PM

    “Kneeling during the anthem wouldn’t preclude teams from signing him”

    If I was a GM or Coach I wouldn’t touch this guy. Scum

  144. anarchopurplism says: Mar 2, 2017 3:21 PM


  145. Robert says: Mar 2, 2017 3:25 PM

    There is job opening for “Kneel Boy Flag Holder” with the Rough Riders of the CFL.

  146. rugolin says: Mar 2, 2017 3:30 PM

    Putting aside the almost comical level of hypocrisy on his part that now that I need a job I won’t be a distraction. Trust me I won’t. The minute he signs that contract he will be back to protesting and claiming freedom of speech. Most GMs will know this and give his a complete pass and all the GMs in the CFL too.

  147. denverscott says: Mar 2, 2017 3:38 PM

    If he doesn’t get signed I see a change in the future. He will change his name to something like Colin al Kap Amerik.

  148. jdphx says: Mar 2, 2017 3:42 PM

    Kaepernick believes there has been positive change in America…..

    Kaep a Trumper eh?

  149. timesausage says: Mar 2, 2017 3:45 PM

    We are gonna hate this guy until the sun explodes.

  150. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 2, 2017 3:47 PM

    Squid will stand alertly and extent his hand in the “shake a paw” stance for biscuits.

    “Who’s the good boy?”

  151. rodgerstonelson says: Mar 2, 2017 3:53 PM

    So his Values change, when his Value drops

  152. steelerfan63 says: Mar 2, 2017 3:57 PM

    He wont stand for the pledge but will stand for a paycheck. What a fraud!!!!

  153. rcali says: Mar 2, 2017 3:58 PM

    Hate to say it, but it’s the “Trump effect.” The apology tour is finally over.

  154. curmudgeon13 says: Mar 2, 2017 4:00 PM

    His investments have performed incredibly since the election…..

  155. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 2, 2017 4:08 PM

    He’s only saying that to get a contract. Once he gets a contract he’ll announce he’ll only stand for the ISIS flag.

  156. The Dangerous Kitchen says: Mar 2, 2017 4:09 PM

    I dont think its going to make any difference for his job prospects. Whats gonna hurt him is that hes just not that great a football player. His good days lasted only until coaches jearned from the film how to scheme against him. He also lacks leadership and the football smarts to read opposing defenses. Its really easy to get him tirned around but mixing up the looks. His arm is strong but the accuracy is not consistent. If I’m a team looking him over those are the things that wouls scare mo off.

  157. hawkwind8 says: Mar 2, 2017 4:36 PM


  158. randomcommenter says: Mar 2, 2017 4:44 PM

    Proof that he’s a phony. LOL at those who took him seriously. Remember kids, always fight for what you believe in, unless it will cost you money, then you quit so you can get paid.

  159. raggard says: Mar 2, 2017 4:49 PM

    This man was dead to me the first time I saw him take a knee and disrespect everyone who has ever fought for this country. I hope all 32 teams feel the same way. He doesn’t deserve to be a part of anything that makes him wealthy. Let him truly have to EARN a paycheck like those did who he chose to disrespect.

  160. tombombadill says: Mar 2, 2017 5:00 PM

    In the stands?

  161. tonebones says: Mar 2, 2017 5:13 PM

    Every year the 49ers give one of their players the Len Eshmont award. It’s an award, voted on by his teammates, and is presented to the player who shows the most courage. Kaepernick won it for the 49ers last year. He did show great courage. He risked a lot of wealth and an NFL career to try to make this country a safer place for minorities who were getting killed by police officers, and also a safer place for innocent police officers who were unfairly being retaliated against. He brought our attention to this thing that nobody in America liked, but few had the courage or the knowhow to get something done. Now I’m hearing where police chiefs and mayors all across America are tweaking their procedures to make it safer for everyone, including the cops. I think Kap is a great American hero and a true leader. He risked everything for the benefit of all of us. America is a better place today because of Colin Kaepernick.

  162. rootpain says: Mar 2, 2017 5:28 PM

    In fact, he is so certain that things have changed in America, he is willing to go to the White House with the Patriots in place of anyone of those who have stated they won’t be making the trip.

  163. steelerfan63 says: Mar 2, 2017 5:30 PM

    I wonder if he will stand for the Canadian pledge?

  164. deuce2222 says: Mar 2, 2017 6:34 PM

    His plan to stand coincides with his need for a job.

    Too. Freaking. Late.

    What a loser.

  165. whodey420 says: Mar 2, 2017 6:36 PM

    Too bad it’ll be for the Canadian National Anthem! :/

    O’Canada! hahaha

  166. screwmemean says: Mar 2, 2017 7:01 PM

    Obsolete, expendable and boring.

  167. thetooloftools says: Mar 2, 2017 8:17 PM

    I’m so glad the “K” gave us his expert insight as to what that progress was. He is getting some really bad advice. He’s not going to make anywhere near the money he would have made had he not opted out. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  168. canedaddy says: Mar 2, 2017 9:09 PM

    There aren’t many things that bring everyone together in these comments, but we agree on Kaep.

  169. deneb1973 says: Mar 2, 2017 9:11 PM

    Like most of the commenters I have no sympathy for the impact of Kaepernick’s intentionally confrontational political stance, but I do have reservations about those who attack his football skills. Kaepernick plays with a rod in his leg; he had three operations in 2016 and lost a large amount of weight and muscle mass. He posted a 90+ QBR and an enviable TD to INT ratio during the time he played last year. He was better than at least a dozen QBs that play for other (and his own team). Bill Polian noted this during the Combine coverage. While Kaepernick may be an opportunist promoting divisive confrontation between races and the police, the man retains some football skills and value. Probably the only place he can show those skills will be in Seattle since he has poisoned the business atmosphere at virtually all other destinations.

  170. bigmark67 says: Mar 2, 2017 9:29 PM

    Kaepernick is one of the dumbest people to come along in ages. He lets some radicalized libbo bimbo chick twist his head, then starts protesting “oppression” when he is making millions playing a game that any of us would love to play at the NFL level. Someone pullllease “oppress” me like Kap! Another reason he’s an idiot. The contract he got out of payed way more than anything he is likely to be offered this year. He needs to be locked up in a home for the criminally stupid!

  171. jerryd1 says: Mar 2, 2017 10:05 PM

    Oh Canada ….

  172. helpful55 says: Mar 3, 2017 2:30 AM

    You have got to be kidding me. Needs to find a team and a job and now suddenly he won’t do his controversial “protest” anymore. Yeah try that one somewhere else you loser.

  173. gizzmonic says: Mar 3, 2017 7:30 AM

    dumb lives matter

  174. enigmaticindividual says: Mar 3, 2017 12:03 PM

    The problem is that Colin is mediocre at best, couple that with his me 1st attitude when it comes to expressing his social justice causes, and it makes him a backup. It says a lot when the Browns aint even interested.

  175. joenash72 says: Mar 4, 2017 11:41 AM

    He’d go play in the CFL

    But Trump would never let him comeback

  176. varangia says: Mar 4, 2017 6:18 PM

    Maybe he realizes BLM is full of crap.

  177. itsfootballfolks says: Mar 4, 2017 9:31 PM

    Who gives a Kraep?

  178. southpackalacky says: Mar 5, 2017 6:36 AM

    Really? You weren’t out after Tim Tebow? You were fine with Tebow who couldn’t hit the side of a barn,

    Tebow sure hit Demariyus Thomas for a playoff game winning 80 yard TD in overtime to beat the Steelers.

    That was a great day!

  179. gizzmonic says: Mar 6, 2017 8:15 AM

    In the stands I hope.

  180. gbrim20 says: Mar 6, 2017 9:11 AM

    Dear Colin,

    My company is looking for a forklift driver. Once you realize your NFL career is over, please apply.

  181. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 6, 2017 9:56 AM

    colin kaepernick typical irishman.

  182. elvoid says: Mar 6, 2017 3:10 PM

    “Colin Kaepernick plans to stand for the national anthem”

    You forgot the rest of the headline:

    “from the comfort of his own living room.”

  183. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 8, 2017 10:24 AM

    Galatians 6:7 – A man reaps what he sows

  184. rocknrollman59 says: Mar 8, 2017 8:22 PM

    he is ”standing” because right now, he is untouchable……no team wants the headache, so he is standing”for the money”….in other words, he is a prostitute now….just for the money

  185. thetruthstings says: Mar 9, 2017 1:33 AM

    What a DUMMY for opting out of Guaranteed Money!!!

  186. tm81blog says: Mar 9, 2017 9:47 AM

    Of course he will, he will be sitting the rest of the game!

  187. bigsaintdogs says: Mar 9, 2017 11:08 AM

    he won’t have the opportunity to take a knee when his ass will be firmly planted on his couch on game days!

  188. CavalierKong says: Mar 11, 2017 11:45 PM

    I would respect him more if he continued to kneel even though he is looking to be signed. It would mean it truly was about the cause.

    Heading into FA and making it known he will stand this season makes it pretty clear the whole thing was about attention. And his 1 million dollar pledge is a tax write-off attempting to buy goodwill and ‘prove’ his commitment. How much of his time did he contribute? How much blood, sweat, and tears? SMH

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