NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — It appears Colin Kaepernick might have a hard time trying to find a job in the NFL if the San Francisco 49ers release him.
Bleacher Report spoke to seven team executives and each person said they would not want the quarterback on his team following the controversy swirling around Kaepernick for not standing for the national anthem.
“I don’t want him anywhere near my team,” one executive told Bleacher Report. “He’s a traitor.”
One executive told Bleacher Report he hasn’t seen this kind of disdain for a player since Rae Carruth, the former Carolina Panthers wide receiver who hired a hitman to kill his pregnant girlfriend in November 1999.
“In my career, I have never seen a guy so hated by front office guys as Kaepernick,” one general manager explained to Bleacher Report.
Each executive believes the 49ers will let Kaepernick go and that he will never play in the NFL again.
“He has no respect for our country. F*** that guy,” another executive said.
Kaepernick said last week that he’s refusing to stand for the national anthem because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities. The biracial Kaepernick has been outspoken on his Twitter account on civil rights issues and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kaepernick sat through the anthem during the 49ers’ three preseason games so far and said he intends to continue the protest during Thursday night’s preseason finale in San Diego and beyond.
Thursday’s game will have special meaning as it is the Chargers’ 28th annual Salute to the Military.
According to the team’s website, the organization will pay “tribute to hundreds of thousands of current and retired military personnel who live and work in San Diego.”
“The Star-Spangled Banner” will be performed by Naval Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Powell.
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