Colin Kaepernick will be making America happy again — at least the conservative demographic — during the 2017-18 NFL season.
According to a report from ESPN.com, Kaepernick will be ending his protest and begin standing for the national anthem once again. Kaepernick made headlines last season after choosing to kneel for the national anthem as a protest against racial inequality and systemic racism.
Kaepernick will be ending his protest to ensure he doesn’t “detract from the positive change that he believes has been created.”
He donated $1 million to a variety of local organizations throughout last season and has been doing a lot of work to serve as a positive mentor in his community.
Of course, the decision could also be a ploy to limit himself as a distraction as he prepares to hit the free agent market this offseason. But considering what Kaepernick has done since taking his bold stand, it’s only fair to take him at his word.
Last season with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, while adding 468 yards and an additional two touchdowns on the ground.
The NFL Free Agency period will officially begin on March 9, though teams can contact players beginning March 7.
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