Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says that his reason kneeling during the National Anthem last season was to open a dialogue about the unnecessary and unlawful violence against people of color in the United States.
A little more than a year later, and he’s seeing the fruits of his courage come to fruition.
After divisive comments by President Donald Trump drew backlash from NFL players, owners, analysts, and even commissioner Roger Goodell, Kaepernick has remained eerily silent.
TMZ caught up to him in while he was in NYC on Monday and tried to get a statement from him. He wasn’t interested in issuing one, but if you’re into reading body language, his enigmatic smile should provide countless interpretations for your consideration.
Kaepernick was with his girlfriend and radio personality Nessa as they were on their way to the gym. Kaepernick appears to have added considerable bulk to his frame in his time away from the NFL, and if/when an opportunity comes, don’t expect his fitness won’t be called into question.
All things considered, it was probably wise for Kaepernick to decline issuing a comment.
The dialogue he hoped to kickoff is underway, or at least is gaining traction. His role as catalyst is done, and his continued charitable donations speak volumes while he is away from the NFL.
The role he’s trying to shed now is scapegoat.