Giants Co-Owner Mara on Team’s Not Signing QB Colin Kaepernick: “It’s an Emotional, Emotional Issue”

Six years ago, Colin Kaepernick was a second-round selection of the 49ers. Three years ago, he led them to the Super Bowl. Nine months ago, everything changed when he stepped outside the bubble of sports and became a lightning rod for taking a knee during the national anthem—his way of protesting the continued oppression of minorities in the United States.

Kaepernick has not gathered much interest from NFL teams, seemingly because of perceived backlash from fans over his protest. Giants co-owner John Mara shed some light on the situation to Jenny Vrentas of MMQB.

“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara said.. “If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more so than any other issue I’ve run into.”

Mara said signing Kaepernick wasn’t discussed by his club this offseason, although the Giants never were a likely landing spot for him; they already have a franchise quarterback and were looking to find Eli Manning’s eventual successor in the draft. But the letters Mara received offer a league-wide glimpse into some of the unusual circumstances surrounding Kaepernick’s job search.


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