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Star NFL QB Refuses to Stand for National Anthem, Fan Gives Perfect Response

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the national anthem before games because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities.

Kaepernick sat on the team’s bench Friday night during the anthem before the Niners played host to the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game. He later explained his reasoning in an interview with NFL Media.

“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 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.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Saturday that “players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”

The 49ers issued a statement after Pro Football Talk initially reported on Kaepernick’s stand, saying that Americans have the right to protest or support the anthem.

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pregame ceremony,” the team said. “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 to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

Coach Chip Kelly said Saturday that he had not talked with Kaepernick about his actions or comments but said that Kaepernick also did not stand for the national anthem before last week’s game in Denver when he was injured and did not play.

“We recognize his right to do that,” Kelly said. “It’s not my right to tell him not to do something. That’s his right as a citizen.”

Kaepernick, who is biracial, was adopted and raised by white parents. He has been outspoken on his Twitter account on civil rights issues and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Kaepernick is not the first U.S.-based athlete to use the anthem for protest. In 1996, NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf refused to stand for the anthem, saying the United States had a history of tyranny and doing so would conflict with his Islamist beliefs. The NBA initially suspended Abdul-Rauf for his stance before it was lifted when he said he would stand and pray silently during the song.

Kaepernick said he is not worried about any potential fallout from his protest.

“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he told NFL Media. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”

Kaepernick’s agent did not immediately return a request for comment.

Kaepernick is in competition to win back the starting quarterback job in San Francisco that he lost to Blaine Gabbert last season. He made his first appearance of the preseason on Friday night after missing two games with a tired shoulder. He finished 2 for 6 for 14 yards and added 18 yards on four runs.

Kelly said Kaepernick is still in the running to win the starting job and his protest won’t impact the decision.

Meanwhile, one lifelong 49ers fan’s response to Kaepernick’s actions is going viral…and many people, niners fans included, couldn’t be happier about it:

Source: AP

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11 replies on “Star NFL QB Refuses to Stand for National Anthem, Fan Gives Perfect Response”

All he did was show disrespect to the white parents that took him in and made it possible for him to become the athlete and example he should be for the game and the fans who watch and support there idols, one of which, he is not! Good bye Colin.

How idiotically freaking STUPID can this ungrateful moron be.
If it was not for the freedom and opportunities only offered in this Country, ‘The U.S.A.’
He would never in a million lifetimes be taking home anywhere near the ridiculously
exorbitant amounts of pay that now he receives.
Thank you for you Patriotism! (NOT!)

If he thinks he’s oppressed he should play for a fourth of what he makes and he also has the right to purchase a one way ticket to any place in the world where he thinks he will be treated better than he is in the USA!

I wholeheartedly agree with you. No appreciation of his adopted white parents at all. He would not have been what he is today, if not for them. If he was left in foster care, what will he be now? Blame society, not the country.

#GoBackToAfrica Perfect hashtag for this whining little cupcake. Oh my god, I’m so oppressed I only make $19 million a year. The white man is holding back. GO BACK TO AFRICA.

He should join the endeavors by Dr. Ben Carson and many experienced,sincerely concerned Americans of all races to improve conditions in minority areas through improving education,job training, law enforcement , stopping crime and all forms of violence. We need people to get together to work things out,recognizing our strengths and similarities.

How idiotically freaking STUPID can this ungrateful moron be.
If it was not for the freedom and opportunities offered only in this Country, ‘The U.S.A.’
He would never in a million lifetimes be taking home anywhere near the ridiculously
exorbitant amounts of pay that he now receives.
Thank you for you Patriotism! (NOT!)

He was surely oppressed when he was adopted by white parents, who made sure he got noticed, college scholarships, etc.

How about he takes say 18.5 million of his salary and give it to the underprivileged kids say in Chicago ensuring they stay in School?

So until them, boycott the NFL!

I feel he has a right to say what he said, however the National Anthem is a reflection of this country and he should have stood up and protest in other ways I I will not watch any game he plays in, or support the advertisers, his endorsers and will let them know as such . They should fire him. Additionally, half the country voted for a black president including a lot of white people.

SIMPLE SOLUTION: MOVE OUT OF THE UNITED STATES IF YOU DON’T LIKE BEING CODDLED HERE BY TAX-PAYING, EDUCATED, LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS.

why burn his jersey… let’s just burn this little prick.

Go back to Africa, you little prick. You obviously don’t appreciate being here. Go elsewhere. Anywhere!!!!

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