NFL Star Refuses To Rise For National Anthem

NFL Star Refuses To Rise For National Anthem

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat in protest during the national anthem for a pre-season game, saying he would not honor a song nor "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. Kaepernicks 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".

While the rest of his team stood for the national anthem during a preseason game, quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench.

When asked about it by NFL.com, Kaepernick explained, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. 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."

He surely knew this would not go quietly into the night.

On Twitter, the reaction was strong and divided.

"At the Rio olympics Usain Bolt stopped an interview to honor our national anthem. Spoiled brat #Kaepernick sits it out. Pick your role model," tweeted Tiffany Bass.

Others, though, felt he was free to express what he wanted. For example, Drew Allen explained, "If Colin #Kaepernick doesn't want to observe the national anthem, he doesn't have to. That's the beauty of liberty: no coercion/force."

 

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