Why Colin Kaepernick Reportedly Won't Continue National Anthem Protest in 2017 Season

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| March 02 2017,

6:10 pm

Looks like Colin Kaepernick won't be kneeling during the national anthem for the next NFL season.

Sources told ESPN on Thursday that Kaepernick, who hasn't made his decision public yet, "no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created."

The QB is also said to believe "the amount of national discussion on social inequality -- as well as support from other athletes nationwide, including NFL and NBA players -- affirmed the message he was trying to deliver."

Kaepernick is also expected to opt out of his contract with the San Fransisco 49ers this week and become a free agent. 

Aside from protesting the National Anthem this year, Kap also began a "Know Your Rights" camp and donated $1 million to charities that help underserved communities, as well as monthly $100,000 donations throughout 10 months for organizations across the U.S. 

At the end of the 2016 NFL season,  the 49ers recognized him by giving him the Len Eshmont Award,  "best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, an original member of the 1946 49ers team." The award is the highest "in-house honor" a 49er can get. 

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