Colin Kaepernick hurting NFL, unable to lead 49ers; parents voice out support for his protests

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Colin Kaepernick continues his national anthem protest against police brutality and black oppression, as he has for months, but NFL fans hope his passion on the matter could be translated into more wins for the 49ers. But such is hardly the case.

Instead, the 49ers lost to the Jets by 23-17 in overtime on Sunday. It was the team’s 12th consecutive loss as the year comes to a close.

“I’ve never been in this situation before,” Colin Kaepernick said in a report by NYDailyNews. “It’s something that we have to change. Ultimately it comes down to us being able to go out and fight for a win. And we have to do a better job doing that.”

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Maybe the 49ers quarterback ought to focus on his job more than his extracurricular concerns, some fans would say. But Colin Kaepernick ‘s parents voice out for the first time since his protests, essentially giving their support for him.

“Colin is carrying a heavy load and following a difficult path that he truly believes in. He is putting his entire future and possibly his life on the line for those beliefs. As his parents, it pains us to read articles and tweets saying that his family does not support him; this could not be further from the truth,” Teresa and Rick Kaepernick said according to BleacherReport.

“We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others.”

Kaepernick hurting the NFL

Not only have Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers failed to make an impressive mark this year, but also apparently most people are taking the quarterback’s stance in a negative light. It’s got to a point where the media believes that the QB is hurting the NFL.

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According to a report by Breitbart Colin Kaepernick ‘s actions have in itself impacted the ratings of the sport negatively. This may have been looked at with suspicion at first, but later reports prove that the “Kaepernick effect” is substantial enough with data supporting it.

“In late October, a poll of 841 adults by phone (conducted by the Sharkey Institute at Seton Hall University) found that when asked to weigh in on seven possible contributing factors to the NFL ratings decline, 56% of respondents said “yes” to the anthem protests as a factor. The respondents were asked to respond yes or no to each factor separately, rather than rank the importance of each factor. More people said yes to the protests than any other factor; the second-highest was the distraction of the presidential election.”

Do you think this would factor in on Colin Kaepernick ‘s future with the 49ers and the NFL as a whole?

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