Colin Kaepernick is still unemployed, and there is speculation around the league that he is being blackballed for kneeling during the national anthem last season.
Kaepernick wasn’t the only player to kneel for the anthem last season. He was joined by Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall and Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, among several others.
According to the Miami Herald, Stills might kneel for the anthem again next season to protest mistreatment of African-Americans in the United States.
“I guess we’ll see when the time comes,” Stills said. “I’m doing my best to continue to work and make an impact on the community and I feel like that’s the most important part about what I’m doing right now.”
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was supportive of Stills’ decision despite the backlash he received, but Stills said he would have done the same thing regardless of whether he had Ross’ approval.
Stills said he felt strongly about the situation, and he and fellow teammate Michael Thomas decided to continue kneeling all season.
Stills has been very active in Miami in working with law enforcement and the community to create and improve the dialogue between the police and citizens.
Kaepernick has yet to get another chance in the NFL, but he wasn’t alone in his decision to kneel, and it has helped make an impact in other cities around the league.
When the 2017 season begins in September, there might be more players kneeling for the national anthem. There will be more backlash, but some players have decided it’s worth the risk.
(h/t Miami Herald)