Quarterback Colin Kaepernick: immersed himself in controversy last year by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.
At the time he said: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Adding: “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
He has struggled to find a team for this years NFL season, but there seemed to be a lifeline in the form of The Baltimore Ravens, but maybe not.
The Baltimore Ravens have now indicated that they have not yet made a final decision about making a move to sign Colin Kaepernick, and have also claimed that team owner, Steve Bisciotti is not putting pressure on either the coaching staff or front office to avoid signing the free agent quarterback.
The Ravens made a brief statement released on Wednesday, addressing reports that Bisciotti has blocked head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome from bringing Kaepernick in.
It’s no secret that Bisciotti is openly trying to gauge how fans would feel if the Ravens signed Kaepernick, so you would have thought that being the owner of the team, he would have weighed in on the matter internally. When I comes to the team, prominent Ravens veterans have already said they would welcome Kaepernick as a teammate.
When you dig into the levels of interest in acquiring Kaepernick, it’s starting to look as though his football ability is less of a factor than his political stance as to why he has not been signed.