So the NFL settled with him over his claim, just for the heck of it. Look, the guy was a decent QB, who played for an awful 49ers team. Plenty of worse QBs have made decent careers in the NFL. The only issue was some teams were nervous that shit stains like Trump wouldn't drop it! In the EPL, teams are all bending knees before the start of the game (they don't play the national anthem), and the Earth didn't stop spinning. In the US, endless whining was made by Trump. They didn't want endless attacks on social media drowning out the NFL season.I agree he was not fired. But do you know if he was offered any contracts? I ask because Kaepernick accused the NFL of colluding to keep him from receiving an offer, and he and the NFL ended up settling his lawsuit.
I couldn't care less about football. I live in central Indiana and couldn't name the head coach of the Colts. When someone asks me some opinion on football I often respond, "Football? Is that the brown pointy one or the big orange one?"
As far as I know, there were never any talks serious enough to qualify as an offer. However, all the teams having the same opinions about his value isn't the same as being black balled. Considering the astronomical salary he had been getting, would he consider an offer of a lousy $1M/year seriously? Hard to say.
But at the time, when he was big news, some football pundits were opining that he wasn't likely to get a new contract anyway. His performance just didn't justify his salary. Even people who supported his political stance were suggesting that the on field behavior was to change the focus from his stats to his political issues. I'm not claiming to know, but I read things like it a lot.
In other words, the teams took the wrong stand. Kaepernick's protest couldn't really have been much more laid back ad non-assuming.
The nerve of the man bringing politics into sports... umm.... during the national anthem.