Colin Kaepernick divided the country with his anti-American anthem protest.
Many people on both sides of the issue have spoken out, while Kaepernick has refused to clarify his position.
But one former NFL player is ripping Kaepernick for a shocking reason.
Colin Kaepernick’s anti-American protest did untold damage to the NFL.
When fans were polled, one of their main reasons of discontent with the league was the spread of the anthem protests.
A league that had seen steady growth suddenly experienced a downturn in viewership.
Stadium attendance around the league sagged, and some teams even issued apologies to season ticket holders.
Perhaps the low point of the anti-American protests was when players knelt for the Star-Spangled Banner in Mexico City and London, then stood for the Mexican and English national anthems, respectively.
Television ratings also dropped.
The first game of the season—the pre-season Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio—and the final game of the season—the Super Bowl—both had abysmal TV numbers.
And even though Kaepernick didn’t play in the previous two seasons, he was still a flashpoint at the most recent Super Bowl.
Leftist comedienne Amy Schumer implored musical artists to boycott the Super Bowl in solidarity with Kaepernick.
Rihanna, Jay-Z, and a handful of other musical acts refused to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show.
While the protest controversy raged, Kaepernick sued the NFL for collusion because no team signed him during the 2017 season.
A few teams showed interest, but Kaepernick burned bridges with his attitude.
Every single team decided he wasn’t worth the trouble as a backup quarterback.
But recently the NFL and Kaepernick reached a settlement on the lawsuit.
Details of the deal were undisclosed, but some in the media declared it a victory for Kaepernick.
However, not everyone was on board with the move.
Retired Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson blasted Kaepernick for taking money from his “oppressors.”
Ex-NFL star Larry Johnson just WENT OFF on Colin Kaepernick — saying a true civil rights leader like MLK would have fought the NFL to the bitter end instead of taking settlement money from the “oppressor.”
Johnson believes Kaepernick betrayed his entire goal of trying to bring change to the NFL.
Even though the mainstream media have tried to portray Kaepernick as a civil rights martyr, this million-dollar settlement suggests he’s profiting well.
Kaepernick’s career was on thin ice before the protest, so the settlement figure could’ve possibly been bigger than his potential future career earnings.
He signed a book deal with Random House, appeared as the face of a major Nike ad campaign, and sold merchandise on his website.
Nike even issued a special Kaepernick Jersey, even though he hasn’t played in two years.
As Johnson points out, Kaepernick seems to be cashing in quite well despite being “oppressed.”
Meanwhile, the cause Kaepernick said he was protesting for—police murder of unarmed black men—has seen no discernible change.
The main reason for that is the hysteria over illegal police shootings was completely unjustified.
But Kaepernick is laughing straight to the bank anyway.