Heroes take a risk (their jobs, their lives) and display courage and self-sacrifice for the greater good. Colin Kaepernick took a risk and single-handedly started a conversation that may inspire constructive solutions to unjustified police violence.
But the bitter irony is that Kaepernick has been ostracized and blackballed from playing in the NFL. Some may say he got what he deserved. Some may say he is a hero. Time will tell and history (the people) will be the judge.
first they ignore you,
then they ridicule you,
then they fight you,
then you win
When corporations fear their highly profitable businesses are threatened by new, loud voices for social justice and change, owners/shareholders react swiftly with any means to protect their assets and profitability. In these scenarios, constitutional fairness is pushed to the sidelines. This is when capitalism shows its most pure and ruthless face in spite of higher principles in play.