How did Colin Kaepernick go from a six-year $126 million NFL contract in 2014, to not playing professional football in 2017? Furthermore, how can a professional football player not even playing in the NFL this year, become one of the most recognized players not even playing this year? Colin Kaepernick has a history of standing out in the crowd going all the way back to his college football day’s playing for the University of Nevada.
Kaepernick was considered one of the best quarterbacks in the nation playing college football when the San Fransico 49ers signed him in 2011. A few years later Colin received a dream contract worth more money than a dozen high-income earners will make in their entire lives for only six years of his time. The new contract guaranteed Colon Kaepernick would make as much as $126 million with a nice little $12 million signing bonus just to show up and do what he does best, play football. With multi-millions already in the bank, somewhere along the line, Colin chose to start kneeling during our National Anthem in a form of a protest. That decision would forever change his professional and financial life and the entire NFL organization. as we know it today.
How Colin Kaepernick Protest Began
When Kaepernick first started using his position in the NFL to protest no one seemed to notice him sitting during the first two preseason games when the National Anthem played. On August 26, 2016, however, that all changed when Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem for the third game in a row. When finally asked by reporters during an interview, Kaepernick said: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”.
The next San Fransisco 49ers game on September 1st, Kaepernick starts kneeling instead of sitting now with teammate Eric Reid deciding to join his peaceful protest. Colin said multiple times he was not anti-American or trying to disrespect our troops who defend our flag. He was doing it to bring social issues he’s passionate about into the spotlight. Colin might have started with good intentions, but kneeling during our National Anthem was a sure fire way to piss off just about everyone that’s served in our Military.
Nobody could’ve imagined how quickly Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest would spread to other NFL teams, and then to a host of other sports, cheerleaders, and even marching bands. Now just one year later, the kneeling protests are out of control and potentially could bring the entire NFL to its knees (pun intended). The days of $100 million NFL player contracts may soon disappear just as fast as the kneeling protests have spread across our country.
Colin Kaepernick’s Net Worth
To say Colin Kaepernick’s net worth is taking a hit from the NFL protests is a very big understatement. After signing a $126 million 6-year deal with the San Fransico 49ers in 2014, Kaepernick’s not playing for any football team for the 2017 season. What happened? The San Fransico 49ers were planning to cut Colin after the 2016 NFL Season, and surprisingly, Kaepernick decided to opt out of the contract and become a free agent. It was reported Colin Kaepernick walked away with around $40 million of the $126 million deal halfway through the 6-year contract. That’s some serious money being left on the table in anyone’s book.
When Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017, no NFL teams were interested in signing him at any price. It turns out Colin’s decision to become a free agent was perhaps not the best financial decision that could’ve gone a long way helping make the changes he’s protesting about.
Colin Kaepernick Sues NFL
Colin Kaepernick filed a lawsuit against the NFL on October 15, 2017, for colluding to keep him off the field for the 2017 football season. Kaepernick hired the well known criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos who use to work for Michael Jackson. Geragos said during a TV interview that Colin’s main motive for filing the lawsuit was so the 29-year-old Superbowl quarterback can again play on a football team in the NFL. Even if Kaepernick wins, what NFL team would want to become the center of attention when fans are already disappearing at an alarming rate? Even if Colin decides to start standing for the National Anthem if he wants to play in the NFL, it may already be too late.
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