San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during Friday night’s national anthem. Instead, he sat on the Niners’ bench.
After the game, the team released a statement: “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.”
Kaepernick gave his own statement to NFL.com: “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.”
How do you feel about what Kaepernick did and what he said? Do you still support him? What do you think the fallout of this will be?