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To no one’s surprise, 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick did indeed kneel during the playing of the National Anthem on Monday Night Football before his game against the Los Angeles Rams—something he has been doing all preseason long in protest of the treatment of African Americans in this country.
On ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown”, former NFL QB Trent Dilfer wasn’t a fan of how Kaepernick was putting himself before the team and stated how he should keep quiet since he is a back-up QB.
“No matter how passionate you are, no matter how much of a burden you have for a social issue, you don’t let it get in the way of the team. And the big thing that hit me through all of this was this is a backup quarterback whose job is to be quiet and sit in the shadows and get the starter ready to play Week 1. Yet, he chose a time when he became the center of attention. And it has disrupted that organization. It has caused friction and torn the fabric of the team.
“Although I respect what he’s doing and I respect the passion and burden he has for this issue, a massive issue, I do not respect the fact that he put himself and his stance above the team because he’s not the only one who’s passionate about big social issues.”
Kaepernick responded back to Dilfer on Tuesday:
“I just heard briefly about it. But I think that’s one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve heard. The fact that you say, “You’re a back-up quarterback, stay in your place”… that’s an issue.
To me, you’re telling me that my position as a back-up quarterback and being quiet is more important than people’s lives. I would ask him to really have a conversation with the families of people that have been murdered and see if he still feels that way.”