NY Giants Send Loud & Clear Message To Colin Kaepernick During Their National Anthem
During the 49ers’ previous preseason games, San Francisco 49ers back-up QB Colin Kaepernick made the decision to stay seated while the National Anthem was playing and nobody batted an eye. On Friday, he did it again and someone took a photo, posted it on Twitter, and social media lost their mind about it.
No one had a clue as to why he was seated until Kaepernick spoke with NFL.com and threw gasoline on that social media fire with these comments:
“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.”
On Saturday, the NY Giants seemingly took a stand against Kaepernick’s actions, sending a message loud and clear by standing attentive as one while the National Anthem was playing.
Giants, including Justin Pugh, standing for the national anthem pic.twitter.com/qo3GhKZRSz
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 27, 2016
New York Giants’ Justin Pugh had this to say before Saturday’s game:
I will be STANDING during the National Anthem tonight. Thank you to ALL (Gender,Race,Religion)that put your lives on the line for that flag
— Justin Pugh (@JustinPugh) August 27, 2016