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Niners quarterback makes controversial stand by sitting

Posted by Betonline team on 12/7/2016 8:35:00 AM
Niners quarterback makes controversial stand by sitting

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick does not like the way black people are treated in the United States. That’s fine. A lot of people feel that way because of the rash of police shootings and poverty in many black neighborhoods.

The controversy is that Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem before any of the Niners preseason games and he said that he will continue his protest, which has sparked outrage and cat calls.

Americans get squeamish when they believe the flag is being disrespected. They were even angry when Olympic hero Gabby Douglas forgot to put her hand over her heart during a gold medal ceremony in Rio.

“I’ll continue to sit,” Kaepernick told Bay area reporters during an 18-minute news conference. “I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

No other NFL players have joined the protest and the NFL issued a statement that said it encourages players to stand for the anthem, but it is not mandatory. The issue of athletes making a stand has been a hot topic nationwide. Even ESPN held a town meeting in Chicago to address violence and poverty in the black community.

“I think there’s a lot of consequences that come along with this,” Kaepernick said. “There’s a lot of people that don’t want to have this conversation. They’re scared they might lose their job. Or they might not get endorsements. They might not be treated the same way. Those are things I’m prepared to handle. Things that other people might not be ready for.”

Some complain that Kaepernick is disrespecting the military, although some military members say they fight for citizens to express themselves.

“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” he said. “I have a family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody.”

Before meeting with the media, Kaepernick addressed the public outcry with teammates during a team meeting. Some teammates admitted they were not behind the stand but understood his stand better afterwards.

“When it came out, to be honest with you, I took offense to it,” said center Daniel Kilgore. “But after Kap stated his case today and seeing where he’s coming from, I do stand with Kap when he says enough is enough against crime, violence, discrimination and racism. I believe enough is enough.”

Former teammate and Minnesota Vikings guard Alex Boone ripped Kaepernick for his stand.

“It’s hard for me because my brother was a Marine, and he lost a lot of friends over there,” Boone said. “That flag obviously gives the right to do whatever he wants. I understand it. At the same time, you should have some (bleeping) respect for people who serve, especially people that lost their life to protect our freedom.

We’re out there playing a game, making millions of dollars. People are losing their life and you don’t have the common courtesy to do that. That just drove me nuts.”


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