Alright let me be clear: I really don’t care if someone stands up or not during the national anthem. I don’t think not doing it is “bigger than football,” as the quarterback with the second-highest total deal in football says. It’s something I’ve always just done because I don’t care about it enough to not do it (although I was admittedly irked in high school when the pledge would be dedicated to someone who “defended our country in the Vietnam War”). I guess what he’s trying to do worked, seeing as everyone’s talking about it and is distracted from the reality that he’s about to lose a quarterback battle to Blaine fucking Gabbert. If you listen closely you can hear the Spin Doctors jumping for joy right now. As long as he’s got the organization and Chip Kelly, the champion of racial equality, behind him, then more power to you Colin and I’m sure all the white guys will sit next to him on the bench this year.
PS: This is not the same as LeBron and Chris Paul using their “platform and status” to raise awareness. Colin Kaepernick doesn’t kickstart the economy of an entire city, and I feel like you have to not start half the season and throw 6 TDs and 5 picks to fall under the guise of “having a platform.”
PSS: The 49ers win that Super Bowl if Alex Smith is their starter.