During The 49ers third preseason game of the 2016 season, Kaepernick was noticed sitting down during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as opposed to the tradition of standing.
During a post-game interview, he explained his position stating, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder”.
This led to him later not sitting any more but kneeling. And this caused one of the biggest controversies in sports history. It remains one of the most decisive topics in sports history as many fans believe that he is disrespecting the country and flag.
After the season it appeared to many people Colin could not get a chance to play in the league again. He remains unsigned until today and even sued the NFL for collusion in which he settled out of court.