The ongoing protest by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has dramatically lowered his standing among the American public.
In a recent poll, Keapernick was voted the most disliked player in the NFL.
The poll, conducted by E-Poll Marketing,
revealed that Kaepernick was “disliked a lot” by 29 percent of those polled, more than any of the more than 350 players asked about in the survey. Kaepernick finished ahead, in the dislike category, of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (22 percent), Miami Dolphins defensive end Ndamukong Suh (21 percent), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (13 percent) and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (10 percent).
What’s more, the poll revealed that 36 percent said they disliked him “a lot,” up from 10 percent two years ago.
Two years ago, Kaepernick was living high, “fresh off leading the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship Game before losing to the Seattle Seahawks,” ESPN writes. At the time, only six percent disliked him.
Kaepernick started the NFL preseason off by opting to not stand for the national anthem before the football game started.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in August. “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.”
The protest immediately gained traction as many in the American public took the protest as a sign of disrespect to the American military.