Yes. Colin Kaepernick played for a team that went 2-14 last season. However, it is quite hard to believe that not room for him as a backup quarterback on one of the 32 teams. Athletes using their celebrity status to protest or to advance a cause is far from unprecedented. For example, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar engaged in plenty of activism during his career. The NFL, unlike the NBA, has no rule requiring players to stand for the national anthem. Thus, Colin Kaepernick had a right to do what he did.