San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, recently came out in a statement to The Sporting News claiming there was nothing “un-American” about his protests.
The football player claimed to see no wrong done with kneeling during the National Anthem, nor referring to the American flag as “no more than a piece of cloth.”
After their 45-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Kaepernick tried to defend his actions to his fellow teammates, since many believe his protests are dividing the team.
The Sporting News reports:
Kaepernick, assuming his old post as starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, was showered with boos as he led the offense on to the field to start Sunday’s matchup with the Bills. When he kneeled for the national anthem, joined by teammates Eric Reid and Eli Harold, chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A” broke out amongst the New Era Field crowd. By the end of the game, a landslide 45-16 win for the Bills, Kaepernick defended his protest against racial injustice and police brutality that soon will enter its third month.
Kaepernick claims he doesn’t understand what’s so “un-American” about “fighting for freedom and liberty” for everybody.
This is coming from the same person who wore a Fidel Castro t-shirt to a press conference where he spoke against the very violence and oppression his t-shirt represented.
The disrespect of the American flag and our National anthem doesn’t seem so out of left field after that display by the football player.
Kaepernick also cited one of his heroes to be Muhammad Ali, the world renowned heavyweight boxing champion who used his career to be a social activist for the black population and more.
Breitbart News reports:
“He was someone that fought a very similar fight and was trying to do what was right for the people,” Kaepernick maintained. “For me, to be able to have someone like that come before me is huge. He is someone who helped pave the way for this to happen. What he did and what he stood for, people remember him more for that than they do a boxer. I can’t let him die in vain. I have to try to carry that on and try to fight that same fight until we accomplish our goal.
Kaepernick also tried to argue that the late boxer – a man who had a lengthy and important boxing career and whose funeral was attended by thousands – “died in vain” because “his dream was not realized.”
The most ironic part of his statement is the fact Kaepernick compares himself to such a successful athlete as Ali – especially considering he had just viciously lost to a team whose colors are red, white, and blue.
Regardless of his motivating forces, Kaepernick’s actions are his own and he should not be justifying them based on the actions of others.
The NFL continues to monitor Kaepernick’s behavior, and as their ratings fall, more and more people call for his removal.
What are your thoughts? Do you feel Kaepernick is sporting “un-American” behavior, or is it just a cry for attention from a second-rate athlete?
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