According to a recent poll, Colin Kaepernick is the NFL’s most hated player.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is one of the NFL’s most polarizing players thanks to his decision to kneel during the national anthem.
Many support Kaepernick, but there are also many who have been critical of him. Despite having the best selling jersey in the NFL, he is also the league’s most hated player according to a recent poll by E-Poll Marketing Research.
Their poll has a sample size of 1,100 people. That’s pretty good for a poll, especially one that is proportional to America’s demographics. Many loathe Kaepernick for using the anthem to protest police brutality and the inequality of African-Americans.
"The poll, taken last week, 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.The overall negative sentiment for Kaepernick is even higher among NFL fans. Today, 36 percent say they dislike him “a lot” up from just 10 percent when last asked two years ago."
Kaepernick finished above fellow quarterbacks Jameis Winston (22 percent), Tom Brady (13 percent), and Ben Roethlisberger (10 percent). Furthermore, he beat out Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh (21 percent).
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However, what’s interesting is that Kaepernick’s popularity is soaring among African-Americans. 42 percent of African-Americans like him a lot with only three percent disliking him a lot. While this is certainly not surprising, it’s quite relevant to what Kaepernick is doing.
Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem during the preseason. His actions have spoken loud, as he will be donating a lot of his money from jersey sales to charities. Kaepernick’s actions have both made him more loved and more hated. He might be the most polarizing athlete since Tim Tebow. Kaepernick’s 49ers have a 1-1 record this season with Kaepernick serving as the backup.