San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick caused massive controversy when he refused to stand for the national anthem to protest the treatment of African-Americans by police. While he’s come under massive criticism, perhaps endangering his career, others have looked to him as an icon of social change.
Kaepernick: “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.”
Some police officers are so offended that they’ve threatened to stop showing up to protect the games he attends. Joining the chorus against him is NFL Legend Mike Ditka. Ditka said on Friday:
“I think it’s a problem…anybody who disrespects this country and the flag. If they don’t like the country they don’t like our flag…get the hell out,” Ditka said of Kaepernick’s actions, according to Bleacher Report.
“I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick — he probably has no respect for me, that’s his choice […] My choice is, I like this country, I respect our flag, and I don’t see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on.”
“I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunity,” the NFL legend said. “Now if they don’t want to look for them, then you can find problems with anything, but this is the land of opportunity because you can be anything you want to be if you work. If you don’t work…that’s a different problem.”
While some have said that Kaepernick is disrespecting those who served the country, others are saying that those people served so that Kaepernick could have the right to protest.
It’s likely that Kaepernick will be sitting out the majority of the season. People are saying that has nothing to do with his protest – do you believe that?
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