San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wasn’t done after his controversial move during Friday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
He refused to stand for the national anthem and he told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche why he made that decision.
“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.”
The 49ers released a statement not condemning their quarterback, but letting it be known that his decision was his decision alone.
“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 also said in the piece he understands the backlash he will receive and is ready to accept whatever comes his way. Wyche wrote that he has done it in at least one other preseason game.
His Twitter page shows last night was not an isolated moment. He has been frequently retweeting stories, statistics and statements about social issues.
.@NFL comment on Kaepernick's anthem stance: "Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem."
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 27, 2016