Colin Kaepernick Trends Because Tim Tebow Got Signed | 22 Words

It has been announced this week that Tim Tebow has been signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite him being out of the NFL since 2012...

Which has caused quite a lot of anger... especially among fans of the famous Colin Kaepernick who has been shunned from the NFL since 2017.

Now, Colin Kaepernick is a former quarterback-turned-activist...

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But these days, he is best known for his political activism regarding systematic racism against African-Americans.

He kneels for what he believes in.

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In 2016, during the 49ers third preseason game, Kaepernick began kneeling during the U.S national anthem prior to games, rather than standing as is customary.

He knelt during the national anthem in protest of police shootings of African-American men and other social injustices faced by black people in the US.

Speaking in an interview in 2016, Kaepernick said: "To me, this is something that has to change, and when there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."

His kneeling was a sign of respect.

Kaepernick later said that he "couldn't show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." He opted for kneeling over sitting, however, as a sign of respect for the men and women who fight for the United States.

Kaepernick's actions inspired others...

And his teammate, Eric Reid, soon began to kneel beside him alongside other teammates such as Antoine Bethea, Eli Harold, Jaquiski Tartt, and Rashard Robinson.

The NFL's response wasn't positive, however.

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Initially, the NFL released a statement claiming that players were only encouraged, and not required, to stand during the national anthem. But, in 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent. No team would offer him a contract, and, in October of that year, he filed a grievance against the league, accusing team owners of colluding to keep him signed.

Yet players still continued to kneel.

After Kaepernick's attorney stated that "athletes who protest peacefully should not be punished", public backlash mounted until team owners declared that all team personnel on the field must "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."

This announcement caused even more outrage...

And it was announced if any team members were caught kneeling during the anthem, the team would be fined and the decision would be upon the team leader whether or not they punish that particular player.

It's been almost 4 years since Kaepernick played his last NFL game...

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So it has, of course, come as a shock to the NFL community to learn that Tim Tebow has been signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As per ESPN, the Jacksonville Jaguars said:

"The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to sign Tebow, thirty-three, to a 1-year contract later this week or next week to play tight end, a position he never played in high school, college, or his previous 3-year NFL career. A deal has not been agreed upon at this time. Once he signs, he will be reunited with Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, who coached Tebow at Florida and won a pair of national championships with the Gators."

Considering that Tebow hasn't played an NFL snap since 2012, people found it pretty contradictory that he is allowed to get signed but Kaepernick isn't...

Especially due to the fact that Tebow used to kneel and pray to God before each of his games.

Is this really fair?

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What do you think? Do you think Kaepernick should have the right to return to the NFL just as Tebow did?