Monday, August 29, 2016

Colin Kaepernick explains why he sat during national anthem
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

His latest refusal to stand for the anthem -- he has done this in at least one other preseason game -- came before the 49ers' preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi's Stadium on Friday night.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. "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."

The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick's decision: "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

Niners coach Chip Kelly told reporters Saturday that Kaepernick's decision not to stand during the national anthem is "his right as a citizen" and said "it's not my right to tell him not to do something."

The NFL also released a statement, obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport: "Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem."

By taking a stand for civil rights, Kaepernick, 28, joins other athletes, like the NBA's Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and several WNBA players in using their platform and status to raise awareness to issues affecting minorities in the U.S.

However, refusal to support the American flag as a means to take a stand has brought incredible backlash before and likely will in this instance. The NBA's Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf of the Denver Nuggets, formerly Chris Jackson before converting to Islam, refused to acknowledge the flag in protest, citing similar reasons as Kaepernick and saying that it conflicted with some of his Islamic beliefs.

Abdul-Rauf drew the ire of fans and was briefly suspended by the NBA before a compromise was worked out between the league and player, who eventually stood with his teammates and coaches at the playing of the national anthem.

Kaepernick said that he is aware of what he is doing and that he knows it will not sit well with a lot of people, including the 49ers. He said that he did not inform the club or anyone affiliated with the team of his intentions to protest the national anthem.


This ungrateful jackass should try making a living playing football anyplace else. All countries have their faults.  Tell me any country where blacks do well. They do way better in the USA than they do in black-run countries


Anonymous said...

This ungrateful jackass should try making a living playing football anyplace else. All countries have their faults. Tell me any country where blacks do well. They do way better in the USA than they do in black-run countries.

You have got it right Jon.

Bird of Paradise said...

What a big time jerk he needs to resign and go live in some backward place maybe the middle eats where he can burn old glory with a few other goat humpers

Eddy Wobegon said...

According to social justice warrior math, the NFL is racist against whites, Hispanics, and Asians since about 65% are black. We should picket NFL stadiums over the lack of diversity. Stop minority privilege now!

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Our high school we still do the National Antheme and everybody stands you wont be finding this pinhead in our community

Anonymous said...

Jackass facing the end of his career seeking some way to remain relevant.

Olaf Koenders said...

Not to mention Abdul-Rauf's stupidity as well. If he's turned to Islam and is offended by the US, why doesn't he deport himself? Because he won't have the prestige and trappings of his current life. He'll be living in a bullet-riddled mud hut, ducking and weaving through his neighbour's bombs on the way to market. His wives will be kept in a pen out back, without nail polish on their hooves.

Gooniebird said...

But he would stand for for african national antheme i'll bet this ungreatful fool

Anonymous said...

While I defend his right to express himself, I and many others will actively work to "free his future" by getting him out of the NFL so he can blow the millions he has made an go back to obscurity where he belongs.


Flu-Bird said...

Maybe he should take up something more suited for dip-wads like Chess or palying a tuba

Anonymous said...

he he, you put your foot in it there, Flu-Bird.

Use the Name, Luke said...


No, not those! Why should he soil any more noble pastimes?

Anonymous said...

someone should give him a copy of "the war on police" by heather McDonald and let him find out the truth. this idiot doesn't even know the truth but he "thinks" he does. every single thug shot by police was breaking the law and the police had to shot in self defense. has crapernick thought at all about the cops who have been murdered. of course he hasn't. he's not smart enough to think. If I owned the 49's he would have been cut yesterday.