Shaq Criticizes Colin Kaepernick For The Way He’s Protesting & Not Doing it Before This Year
Many athletes have come out in support of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his refusal to stand for the playing of the National Anthem—to protest certain injustices minorities face in this country.
Hall of fame Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal is not of those players who agrees with how Kaepernick is doing his protest, however, as he explained to Nola.com’s John Reid:
”I mean to each his own, something I wouldn’t do,” O’Neal said on the show. ”I don’t really have a say on it but I would never do that. My father was a military man and he protected this country – uncles are in law enforcement, they go out and work hard every day. Just, you know, there are other ways to get your point across.”
Shaq went on to ask why Kaepernick wasn’t heard from about these issues until this year.
“Again, my thing is, you have to enter onto the scene one way,” he added. ”People like Muhammad Ali and Bill Russell, they were one way their whole career. You can’t show us something and then go to another just because of certain issues.
”I’m aware of all the issues, but my question is how come he didn’t do it last year or how come you didn’t do it when you first entered the NFL? Again, I don’t know Colin, to each his own, it’s his constitutional right to do that but I would never do that.”
Kaepernick taking a stand now as opposed to a few years ago is irrelevant and is a clear deflection of the issues he’s talking about. Why didn’t you come clean about cheating on your wife right away instead of waiting years after the fact? We can play the ‘why’ game all day, but lets just leave it at that.