NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick will stand for the national anthem during the next NFL season, ESPN reported.
Sources told ESPN that Kaepernick believes that he no longer needs to stand for the national anthem because he feels that he has had a positive change and brought about a “national discussion on social inequity.”
Kaepernick will be opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49’ers and become a free agent.
The announcement that Kaepernick would no longer be kneeling for the national anthem comes at a time when Kaepernick will be looked at by other NFL teams to join their organization. The national anthem protest could be a detracting factor in their interest.
During the 2016 NFL season Colin Kaepernick elected to kneel for the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial oppression.
Many of Kaepernick’s teammates, as well as other professional athletes, supported his actions during the season. He was also awarded the Len Eshmont award, which is the award given to a player that “best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont.”