The San Francisco 49ers were hoping that Colin Kapernick could play himself back into relevancy in the preseason, and while he has in fact made himself relevant again it's likely not for the reasons the organization wanted.
For the third consecutive game Kaepernick refused to stand during the playing of the American national anthem, and despite the fact that he has had a horrible preseason, he feels this kind of distraction is warranted.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color," said Kaepernick as per the NFL's official website. "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."
Kapernick also stated that he was willing to give up his NFL career in order to stand up for what he feels is right, but it's a profoundly shallow statement from a quarterback who appears to have fallen all the way down the depth chart, and one that is unlikely to see any meaningful play this season if the trend continues.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” added Kaepernick. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. . . . If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Whether or not the NFL and the 49ers agree with Kapernick is likely entirely irrelevant, odds are they don't want players making these kinds of political statements during their games, and it will be interesting to see how both parties respond.