The NFL wanted Colin Kaepernick to vanish. It didn’t want to act to get rid of him—that would anger the millions of people who believed in his fight against systemic racism and police brutality. But it also didn’t want him to be around anymore—that would anger the millions of people who felt Kaepernick’s peaceful protest of kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 was an attack on America. The league just wanted him to go away.
And so it took a course of inaction. The NFL never suspended Kaepernick; the quarterback simply never found his way onto a roster in 2017, 2018, or 2019.
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