Colin Kaepernick to Start Against The Buffalo Bills
On Tuesday morning, Chip Kelly, the San Francisco 49ers head coach, announced that Colin Kaepernick will be the starting quarterback against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6.
Coach Kelly on the announcement: “We’re going to make a move at quarterback, and we’re going to start Colin this week,” Kelly said. “(We’re) going to give him an opportunity to run with the ones. I believe you’ve got to do it at the beginning of the week just because of how reps are distributed.”
Many football fans wanted Kaepernick off the team or at least benched throughout the 2016–17 NFL football season. After today’s announcement by Kelly, it appears those against Colin will not get their wish.
The controversy started after the quarterback took a knee during a pre-game National Anthem ceremony, which angered many Americans, especially those who felt it as disrespect against the U.S. military and the nation’s pride. Even while clarifying his protest, Colin could not appease his critics who feel the U.S. flag and anthem should always be treated with respect, no matter the issue being protested.
This announcement may come as shock to some, as it has been reported that the NFL sent out memos, reassuring team owners about the League’s rating decline, which some attribute to the Colin Kaepernick controversy. According to Fox News, “through the first four weeks of the season, NFL viewership has declined 11 percent, and among the crucial adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers covet, ratings are down 12 percent.”
Recently, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest “dumb and disrespectful.” Justice Ginsburg is known to be a very liberal-leaning Justice. President Obama was more open to dialogue stating “honoring our flag and our anthem is part of what binds us together as a nation. But I also always try to remind folks that part of what makes this country special is that we respect people’s rights to have a different opinion.”
While almost everyone understands Colin’s First Amendment right to kneel during the anthem, some still feel he doesn’t deserve to be employed by an American owned football team. For them, his protest takes away from their sports entertainment. Despite this issue being raised vocally by many football fans, it seems the San Francisco 49ers intend to keep Colin Kaepernick.