During the next NFL season, 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick will begin standing during the National Anthem.
According to ESPN, Kaepernick claims he does not want to distract people any longer from the positive change he brought to the country. Kaepernick reportedly believes his message of kneeling has appropriately addressed the issue of social inequality across the nation.
This past season, the 49ers team granted Kaepernick with the Len Eshmont Award, an award given to a player who “best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, an original member of the 1946 49ers team.”
Despite the honor given to Kaepernick, he will not renew his contract with the team and will be starting next season as a free agent.
In the meantime, Kaepernick has stated he plans to raise funds for the underprivileged in San Francisco and around the country. He will also continue the “Know Your Rights” training camps he started in 2016.
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