Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is up for grabs this coming NFL season, but recent reports state the controversial football player is not being sought out.
President Trump credits Kaepernick’s current offseason unemployment to himself. In a reference to a Bleach Report article, Trump stated to a crowd in Louisville, Kentucky Monday evening that AFC managers are afraid of his disapproval if they pick up Kaepernick:
“There was an article today … that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. You believe that? I just saw that. I said, ‘If I remember that one, I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.’”
Kaepernick has been odds with Trump since the 2016 presidential campaign. The quarterback, known for kneeling during the singing of the National Anthem, has called the president “openly racist.”
As for Trump, he was not a fan of Kaepernick’s protest against the country’s patriotic anthem. “I think it’s personally not a good thing, I think it’s a terrible thing,” Trump commented about Kaepernick’s protest.
“And, you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try, it won’t happen.”
Some reacted negatively to Trump’s claim and voiced their own disapproval on Twitter.
“Pathetic jackass takes credit for @Kaepernick7 being blackballed,” tweeted “Edge of Sports” podcast host Dave Zirin. “It’s funny because Kap stands *against* racism!”
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) March 21, 2017
Another Twitter user wrote: “At least is standing up for America! And NOT ALL the Russian ties this pseudo fake president has in his businesses!”
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