Let me start by saying that I don’t personally care that he didn’t stand for the national anthem last year. However, I do think his timing was odd. Like he never sat or kneeled before, even tho there have been a ridiculously high number of documented instances of cops shooting unarmed black people for a few years now. He didn’t protest the anthem until he was benched. Looking at that first video, he seemed more like he was just in a bad mood cus he wasn’t starting. Maybe the timing is coincidental & he really was just 100% trying to start a conversation. I honestly don’t know.
Secondly, the fact that he didn’t vote absolutely is a reason to call him a fraud. You can’t act like you’re trying to make a huge difference, then not fucking vote in THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. There is absolutely no excuse for that. People can complain, or protest, or criticize all they want, but the second they don’t vote, they need to shut up. I would say this about anyone. I know people personally who bitch about stuff all the time, then don’t vote! If you don’t vote, you need to stfu.
In regards to his lack of interest from teams, I agree with some of the other people on here. My guess is that it’s a combination of factors leading to it. The fact that his play hasn’t been very good the last 2–3 years, combined with his play style, his demeanor, & the attention his political activism draws, I’m sure makes teams hesitant to sign him. Especially if he is asking for a lot of money.
I doubt there’s a league wide conspiracy to cut him out, but I’m sure several teams see him not being worth the unwanted attention. I’m sure Kaepernick saw this coming tho. If he really is determined to be an activist & make a difference, then he probably knew he’d ruffle some feathers, fair or not. I do think that if he was a better quarterback, he’d garner interest anyway. Just like if he hadn’t protested the anthem last year, he’d probably have more teams show interest. Like I said, I think it’s a combination of things, more than just one factor.