Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress in America. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback said he will not stand to honor The Star Spangled Banner, unless he feels the flag ‘represents what it’s supposed to represent’.
The Daily Mail reported:
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback said he will not stand to honor The Star Spangled Banner, unless he feels the flag ‘represents what it’s supposed to represent’.
The NFL star sparked huge controversy by staying seated during the pre-game ritual before he took to the field against the Green Bay Packers on Friday night.
Players and fans have slammed his decision as disrespectful and there have been calls to be dropped by his franchise.
He knows he could be cut by San Francisco and lose sponsors as a result of his stand, but remained defiant on Sunday.
Kaepernick also realizes he might be treated poorly in some road cities, and he’s ready for that, too, saying he’s not overly concerned about his safety, but ‘if something happens that’s only proving my point.’
‘I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,’ Kaepernick said Sunday at his locker. ‘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 people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.’
Kaepernick insists whatever the consequences, he will know ‘I did what’s right.’ He said he hasn’t heard from the NFL or anyone else about his actions — and it won’t matter if he does.
‘No one’s tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it’s not something I’m going to be quiet about,’ he said. ‘I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it. This isn’t for look.
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