TheBlaze San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem during his team’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, citing the “oppression” of black people in America. After a photo of Kaepernick sitting out the national anthem started spreading on the internet, NFL.com’s Steve Wyche asked the quarterback for an explanation — and he got one. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he reportedly said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Kaepernick said he’s not “looking for approval” and only wanted to “stand up for people that are oppressed.” He added, “If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.” The 49ers organization supported Kaepernick’s right not to participate in the national anthem in a statement. “In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem,” the statement said.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the national anthem, which he claims he’s doing to stand up against oppression, and says he’s doing what he feels is right by taking a stand. Kaepernick says if they kick him out of football for his stance against oppression, and take his endorsements away, then so be it. I’ve got some news for Colin Kaepernick, it’s not the fact that he refuses to stand for the national anthem that’s going to make him lose endorsements, it’s the fact that he cannot play. Colin Kaepernick is currently getting beaten out for the 49ers starting quarterback job by Blaine Gabbert, his skills have greatly diminished, and this reeks of a move to stay relevant. Colin Kaepernick is getting talked about in the national media again, and now when he gets asked why he is out of the NFL, he can tell everyone that it’s because of his beliefs. Not the fact that he cannot play and got beaten out by Blain Gabbert. So do not worry Colin Kaepernick, you won’t have up worry about standing for the national anthem much longer, this time next year you’ll be in the Canadian Football League not standing for their national anthem. A stunt like this might actually mean something if it was being pulled by an actual starting quarterback like Tom Brady or Cam Newton, but instead the reaction it’s getting is, “Hey look, it’s Colin Kaepernick, remember him?”
If you want to make a difference, Colin Kaepernick, how about you donate the $16 million you will be making in America this year for sitting on a bench to charity?