NFL insider: Most teams ‘genuinely hate’ Colin Kaepernick after national anthem protest

NFL insider: Most teams ‘genuinely hate’ Colin Kaepernick after national anthem protest
NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick will have a tough time finding a new team to play for, according to an NFL insider. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who entered free agency this offseason, is not very well liked in the NFL.

In fact, Kaepernick, who just four seasons ago led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl, may not find a new team to call home when training camp begins later this summer.

That’s because, according to one anonymous NFL general manager, a high percentage of NFL teams “genuinely hate” Kaepernick after he protested the national anthem for the duration of last season, including the four weeks of pre-season games.

That unnamed AFC GM told the Bleacher Report recently that Kaepernick has three things working against him in his effort to be signed to a new team.

“First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number around 20 percent,” the GM said. “Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or Trump will tweet about the team. I’d say that number is around 10 percent. Then there’s another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.”

“Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on,” the GM explained. “They think showing no interest is a form of punishment.”

In fact, the GM said that some NFL teams may be using Kaepernick as an example, or “cautionary tale,” of what they don’t want their players to be doing.

Other team general managers have labeled Kaepernick an “embarrassment to football.”

However, Kaepernick said recently that he will stand for the national anthem during this upcoming season — that is, if he even gets signed to a team. It’s not clear whether or not Kaepernick’s decision to end his protest is related to free agency.

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