Alex Boone Rips Former Teammate Kaepernick: ‘Have Some F*cking Respect For Those Who Served’
Goodness. Critical thinking is a lost art in this country. While I understand the anger of those who believe the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick disrespected the men and women who served, it’s clear his intentions were for something totally different.
Former San Francisco 49ers teammate and guard Alex Boone got really vocal when asked about Colin’s actions and his reasoning for doing what he did on Friday.
“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.”
Alex Boone’s comments:
“It’s hard for me, because my brother was a Marine, and he lost a lot of friends over there,” Boone told USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero after the Vikings’ preseason game Sunday. “That flag obviously gives (Kaepernick) the right to do whatever he wants. I understand it. At the same time, you should have some (expletive) respect for people who served, especially people that lost their life to protect our freedom.”
“We’re out here playing a game, making millions of dollars. People are losing their life, and you don’t have the common courtesy to do that. That just drove me nuts.”
“You see all these pictures of these veterans that have no legs, and they’re standing up in a wheelchair,” Boone said. “I had a brother that served, and he lost friends, and I know how much it means to him. It’s shameful.”
“See, I’m a very emotional person. So, I think if I had known that, my emotions would’ve been rolling – I think we would’ve had a problem on the sideline,” said Boone. “And I get that he can do whatever he wants. But there’s a time and a place. Show some respect, and that’s just how I feel.”