After losing 11 straight games and a putting up a historically bad performance, San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly finally benched embattled quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick completed only one out of four passes for 4 yards and was sacked five times. That’s right: He threw for fewer yards than the number of times he was sacked.
The unbelievably bad statistic was historic, as apparently no quarterback has ever been sacked five times and threw for less than 5 yards in a game. Prior to his team’s 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears, he again reportedly took a knee during the national anthem at Soldier Field.
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) December 5, 2016
Despite the 11-game losing streak and terrible performance, Kaepernick said after the game that he was “surprised” his coach pulled him from the game.
“It wasn’t something that was expected. I’m always prepared and ready to do anything I can to help this team win,” he said.
Kaepernick has been at the center of several controversies this season. He made global headlines when he famously decided to take a knee during the national anthem to protest “oppression” of black people in America. He sparked outrage again when he offered words of praise for notorious Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Some of the reactions of his benching were unkind:
Ha ha Collin Kaepernick got benched? Look on the bright side bud, now you can do all the sitting you want! @Kaepernick7
— Johnny Bananas (@MTVBananas) December 5, 2016
— Tha Dingus (@tha_dingus) December 4, 2016
Kaepernick takes a knee during the anthem, at Soldier Field? No wonder he got benched.
— Jay Reid (@JReid987) December 5, 2016
— Michael Real (@Daddy1674) December 5, 2016
Kaepernick had 4 passing yards last night and got benched… wonder if he will still take a knee during the anthem in Canadian football
— HunnaT (@_HT_8) December 5, 2016