Colin Kaepernick to Cleveland Browns Unlikely to Happen, Here's Why
The options are running out for free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick and one of the potential landing spots, the Cleveland Browns, may not even be considering him. A probable reason for this is his political stand and how he made it known to the world last season.
When it comes to kneeling in the NFL, former quarterback Tim Tebow was the one known for it. That changed last year when Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem in a preseason game.
At first, the former San Francisco 49er sat down while "The Star-Spangled Banner" was playing. According to him, it was a sign of protest against violence involving black people in the United States.
In the 49ers' final preseason game in 2016, Kaepernick changed it up and kneeled on one knee. He stated that this was to show respect to present and former U.S. military members while continuing his protest.
Soon, there are those who approved what the 29-year-old was doing and some athletes, even outside the NFL, imitated him. However, many people saw it as a negative and it may have even affected the television ratings of the league.
Kaepernick's protest might also be the reason why the Browns, who are in dire need of a starting quarterback, are not giving him a shot. This was discussed by NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk in its report. It was mentioned that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam may have found the quarterback's protest unfavorable based on his political beliefs.
Unfortunately, there might be other teams joining the Browns. They are not fans of what Kaepernick has done that is why no one is reaching out to him. Kaepernick still has a chance to excel in the league, but teams are thinking twice in adding him to their roster.
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