Colin Kaepernick: “I’m Not Going To Stand & Show Pride in a Flag For a Country That Oppresses Black People”
Report: NFL Players Agree With Kaepernick; Coaches & Team Executives Do Not
Before the season and currently throughout preseason, the talk was initially about whether Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick would start for the 49ers. That has quickly shifted after Colin was photo’d sitting down while the National Anthem was going on during Friday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
On Saturday, Kaepernick expressed exactly why he sat during the Anthem and it’s sure to piss people off even more:
“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 told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. “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.”
According to NFL columnist Mike Freeman, the majority of players around the league agree with Kaepernick’s stance, but the coaches & team executives agree at all.
Texts coming in from coaches, players, front office execs from around league on Kap. So far every player backs him. No coach/exec does.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) August 27, 2016
It’s not really hard to find out the racial make-up of each category. This story is still developing..