NFL QB says he won’t stand during Military Night for National Anthem

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A national debate about the freedom of speech and what it exactly entails has been sparked thanks to the protests of an NFL quarterback refusing to stand during the National Anthem before a game.

Colin Kaepernick is the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He explained why he originally refused to stand, “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.”

Not content with the reaction he received from his original decision Kaepernick has decided to double down and has announced he will not be standing for the National Anthem again, except this time it will be during a “Military Night” game against the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers’ website says the game is “a tribute to the hundreds of thousands of current and retired military personnel who live and work in San Diego.”

The protest by Kaepernick is certain to draw ire from his critics, but he says he respects military members, “I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country.” However, Kaepernick has no plans to back down, “When there’s significant change, and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country, I’ll stand.”

Watch Kaepernick refuse to stand below:

Watch Kaepernick be booed by Chargers fans:

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