(The Sports activities Xchange) – Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has altered his stance and can stand throughout the nationwide anthem subsequent season, ESPN reported on Thursday.
The choice comes on the heels of Kaepernick hiring new brokers, who informed all 32 NFL groups that the quarterback would decide out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers and can be accessible when free company begins March 9.
Kaepernick initially stated that his national-anthem protest was meant to deliver consideration to social and racial injustice. Now, in keeping with ESPN’s report, the 29-year-old will now not kneel for the anthem to keep away from a doable distraction for a brand new crew.
Kaepernick does not need the “previous technique of protest to detract from the constructive change that he believes has been created, per sources,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter stated.
Kaepernick began the marketing campaign of kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem because the 49ers’ backup behind Blaine Gabbert earlier than taking on because the starter on Oct. 16 towards the Buffalo Payments.
With Kaepernick underneath middle, the 49ers misplaced 9 straight and 10 of 11 general to complete the season with the second-worst report within the NFL at 2-14.
Kaepernick threw for two,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions whereas fumbling a career-worst seven occasions. He additionally ran for 468 yards and two TDs.